Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Soundpainting at 701

701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) has announced the avant guard jazz septet ZAHA, a chamber ensemble devoted to real time composition, will bring its debut spring tour to the 701 CCA on Thursday, May 26. At a public workshop from 4:30-6 p.m., the group will reveal how they structure their adventures using Soundpainting, a live composing sign language created by composer Walther Thompson.   ZAHA director and composer Evan Mazunik will use Soundpainting as he leads the group in an 8 p.m. concert. Doors will be open at 7 p.m. During the performance, ZAHA will record material for a live EP to be released on Snapback Records in the summer of 2011.
According to the galleries news release, “New York-based ZAHA creates architecture for the imagination through installations, instant compositions, multimedia collaborations and educational outreach programs.”
In addition to Mazurik, members are Justin Wood on alto sax and flute, Nathan Koci on horn and accordion, Frantz Loriot on viola, Sebastian Noelle on guitar, Ryan Kotler on bass and Eric Eigner on drums.  Koci has performed at 701 CCA several times, among others with Charleston’s New Music Collective and The Opposite of a Train. Together, the ZAHA members generate a repertoire of original works that play with the boundaries between sound, text, color and gesture. Past performances have featured a live film score to Carl Dreyer’s Vampyr, a guerilla performance in Times Square and an installation based on human bowling.
Admission to the concert and workshop may be purchased separately, each at $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $5 for students, or as a package at $16 for non-members, $12 for members and $8 for students.  The 701 Center for Contemporary Art is located at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia.
For further inquiries contact:  info@701cca.org or call Wim Roefs at (803) 238-2351.

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