Music of Douglas R. Ewart
Douglas Ewart Portrait Concert
May 12-13, 7:30 p.m.
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN
$20 / $15 students & seniors
Douglas Ewart's Sonic Tops
June 15, 5-7 p.m.
Northside Healing Space: 2100 Emerson Ave N, Minneapolis
Zeitgeist presents a series of portrait concerts featuring award-winning and widely-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Douglas R. Ewart. Best known as a composer, improviser, sculptor and maker of masks and instruments, Douglas R. Ewart weaves his remarkably broad gifts into a single sensibility that encourages and celebrates the wholeness of individuals in culturally active communities.
Concerts on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 will feature performances of Ewart's chamber music, including The Red Hills, Marcus Garvey, Songs of Stories of Hopes, Dreams, and Visions, and the world premiere of Crepuscule, written for Zeitgeist.
On June 15, Zeitgeist will host Douglas Ewart’s Sonic Tops, an event that gathers musicians, poets, artists, and community members together to engage in music-making, performance art, and conversation in both indoor and outdoor spaces at The Northside Healing Space in North Minneapolis, located at 2100 Emerson Avenue North. The event will be free to the public and will have activities for both participating and observing.
"Sonic Tops is designed to engage children and adults in hands on, visceral, tactile, imaginative, playful and intellectual manner. "Sonic Tops" is a multidimensional work and concept. Sound, music, movement, visuals, tactility, structure, practice and improvisation are endemic to all my current endeavors as an artist. I want to link children and adults in a very basic yet complex manner. I want to magnify the links and the overlaps of play and work, laughter and seriousness, esoteric and generic, ethereal and earthy, mythology and pragmatism, gravity and levitation, meditation and concentration, the fine lines between child and adult, imagination and realism." -Douglas Ewart
About Douglas Ewart
Born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Douglas R. Ewart immigrated to Chicago, Illinois in the United States in 1963. His travels throughout the world and interactions with diverse people since then has, again and again confirmed his view that the world is an interdependent entity. An example of his efforts both to study and to contribute to this interdependence is his use of his prestigious 1987 U.S.-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship to study both modern Japanese culture and the traditional Buddhist shakuhachi flute, and also to give public performances while in Japan.
In America, his determination to spread his perspective is part of the inspiration behind his often multi-disciplinary works and their encouragement of artist-audience interactions. It is also the basis of the teaching philosophy with which he guides his classes at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has taught since 1990, and the basis of the perspective he has brought to his service on advisory boards for institutions such as The National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer (New York City) and Arts Midwest. Mr. Ewart uses his past experience as chairman of the internationally renowned Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) to celebrate and build upon the history and achievements of the organization, and is from this perspective a natural extension of the activities he has been engaged in for the past four decades. Read more
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