On Friday, June 12, a group of incredible musicians joined me in the Kimball Gallery at the de Young Museum for an event called “Music Inspired by Art.” Presentations and performances were given throughout the space, each one corresponding to a different Musical Anatomy work.
Composer Gabriela Lena Frank set up in front of “Ira Arca,” a drawing she commissioned from me. At the keyboard, she gave us a musical tour of the Andes. We then discussed our process for creating “Ira Arca” (see this previous post for more details).
Guitarists Bill Wolter (of Inner Ear Brigade) and Wally Scharold (of miRthkon) set up in front of my “Ocarinose” drawing. They played Wally’s two-guitar arrangement of Frank Zappa’s exceptionally difficult “Bebop Tango,” with a bit of Zappa’s “Eat That Question” in the middle.
Eli Sharf sat in front of my drawing “Dzavadzimouth” and presented the instrument it is inspired by, the mbira dzavadzimu. Usually performed by two people, he played both parts of “Nhema Musasa” for us. Eli is studying with mbira.org, the non-profit organization devoted to Shona mbira music.
Scott Roy stood in front of “Astor & Pollux,” my drawing inspired by tango composer Astor Piazzolla, and discussed the differences between bandoneon and accordion. In honor of the recently deceased Ornette Coleman, he played a tango-esque version of “Lonely Woman.”
To close out the evening, Bill and Scott joined me in performing Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” in front of my drawing of the same title.
It was a wonderful event, and I’m grateful for all the musicians who performed!
This post originally appeared on Periscope Project, the online component of my de Young residency.