In Ears 'n' Eyes With Matt Langley At The Dance Hall On March 9th In Kittery Maine
In Ears ‘n’ Eyes is a visual and auditory sensation that will treat ones ears ‘n’ eyes to new conversations in jazz idioms on Saturday March 9th between 7 and 9:30pm at The Dance Hall in Kittery Maine.
This season’s In Ears ‘n’ Eyes fuses combinations of painting, song, poetry, modal, tonal, bebop and classically inspired compositions. You will be hearing at least 6 original compositions plus one original arrangement based on the poem by Czelaw Milosz, ‘Love.’
This upcoming performance enjoys the addition of vocalist Taylor O’Donnell. She will be presenting her arrangement of Milosz’ poem ‘Love’ for ‘voices,’ set to the music of Sam Sadigursky. Jonny Peiffer is arranging his composition ‘Starlings, a piece based on the intuitive, mesmerizing movement that starlings display when they migrate in flocks. New compositions will be debuted by Rob Gerry, Eric Klaxton, Zach Lange, Chris Klaxton and Matt Langley.
Each piece is designed to develop conversations with each performer; instrumental, visual and vocal. Because the production intends to engage the audience as Participant, each composer will say a few words about their compositions and some instances the audience may be invited to participate.
The concept for In Ears ‘n’ Eyes germinated about 4 years ago after Roger Goldenberg preformed his first improvisational painting with a pianist Mike Melvoin at Dartmouth College’s Hopkins Center during the Class of 59 reunion. Goldenberg was already thinking of his artwork as visual jazz, however, it was the inventive mind of Goldenberg’s friend Matt Langley that conceived of In Ears ‘n’ Eyes. In fact, it was Matt who came up with its moniker.
Now that a number of performances of In Ears ‘n’ Eyes are under their belts, these adventurous performers are working to deepen the level of conversation between their genres; thinking of new ways to present their material and how to include yet untapped genres for future performances.
A raffle and silent auction will be held. The paintings created at the event will be sold by silent auction held at intermission and concluded at the end of the performance. One painting will be sold by raffle. The proceeds will help cover costs of production, hall rental, provide a modest stipend for the musicians.
The Dance Hall in Kittery is the recently restored historic Kittery Grange Hall. It has been charmingly transformed into the long-dreamed venue for dance and community building by Drika Overton, the hall’s founder and director.