a multimedia exhibit of art & music that delves into grief and hope.
I’m pleased to be able to say that 2016 has been a rather productive year musically. The year began with the launch of Dréos’s first album, The Clearing, and ended with a performing tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom.
One of Dréos’s new projects is a multimedia art-and-music exhibit that we are creating in collaboration with painter Wesley Hurd of BlueTower Arts Foundation. The exhibit is called The Odyssey of These Days and features nine large abstract paintings that Hurd created in response to the last eighteen months of tragic events around the world. The paintings are wrought with introspection, searching, and hope.
BlueTower Arts Foundation commissioned me to compose original chamber music as a musical reaction to the nine abstract paintings. I responded with a three-movement composition for uilleann pipes, fiddle, cello, double bass, hardanger fiddle, and vielle à roue, which Dréos recorded over the summer in Seattle and Eugene.
You can learn more about this multimedia exhibit on our website or follow the exhibit on Facebook.
The recording will be launched with a live performance and art viewing at the World Premiere exhibit at the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in Eugene on March 3-4, 2017. The recording will also be available for download in just a few weeks. In the mean time, you can listen to samples here.
Tickets for the World Premiere exhibit will be available from the Hult Center soon, so stay tuned for details! We would love for you to join us for what promises to be a wonderful evening.
Our broader vision for The Odyssey of These Days collaboration is to create an artistic space for people to interact with their reactions to tragedy, loss, and hope by viewing Hurd’s paintings and listening to chamber music. We have been in dialogue with gallery spaces in the Pacific Northwest, and the exhibit is likely to travel.
Many generous sponsors have already stepped forward to help us make this experience available to audiences in Eugene, but it takes a continuous effort and resources (a village, really) to orchestrate performances, transport paintings, install/de-install staging, produce recordings, and ensure that an exhibit such as this has the fullest resonance possible in North America. If you would like to help us make The Odyssey of These Days exhibit experience available to audiences in the wider Pacific Northwest and beyond, tax-deductible donations may be made here.