Here’s a painting-in-progress, done to a recording of songs by Indiana folk musician Joe Peters.
I’d never seen someone do a painting live, with a music performance, until I saw it done at Joe’s CD release party last year (on which I played). Then I saw it done on one (or was it two?) of Mike Block’s GALA NYC concerts last spring, and at the opening Summer Stage concert by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in New York’s Central Park (Times review here). It’s a fascinating collaborative, creative component for a concert. Does it add anything to “the music”? Not really. To the overall human experience? Sure! I definitely want to program it this coming summer on a Greencastle Summer Music Festival concert.
Anyway, I love Joe’s music. Enjoy.
(BTW, if you like the cello playing in the intro, the player’s initials are “E.E.” If you don’t, then, uh, I don’t know who the guy is. The wonderful violin/viola playing is definitely my dear friend and former spouse, Allison Edberg, who did the string arrangement.)
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Did you see David Garibaldi when he came to DePauw–I believe it was in ’93. I didn’t get to go but Rob Tinnell told me about one of his Action Paintings that he did to a Jimi Hendrix tune. He did his painting in real time to a Jimi Hendrix tune and afterwards turned his painting ‘right-side up’ to reveal that it was a portrait of Jimi Hendrix he had painted. Here’s a vid of one of his performances:
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