August 25 2012, 03:00pm
Public Engagement
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wild Up: Chamber Music


wild Up: Chamber Music

Throughout the residency, wild Up musicians will have the opportunity to explore their individual interests through a chamber music series. This week AbSynth performs in the LAB, featuring music by Caleb Burhans, Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Kevin McFarland and others.

AbSynth is a multi-media one-woman show conceived by mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, uniting commissioned works by various composers into a larger dramatic project for voice and electronics. Each composer has their own approach to the collaboration between synth and voice, and each contributes differently to the dramatic relationship between the human character and the synthetic. AbSynth has been performed in varying lengths since 2006, in locales from John Zorn’s Lower East Side venue- the Stone, to Brooklyn’s Galapagos Art Space, presented by American Opera Projects.



wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. By mixing traditional classical works, challenging new compositions and indie music, their insightful programming looks to change the experience of the classical concert and reconceptualize the role of an orchestra in its community. Throughout a performance wild Up creates an active experience for the audience by sharing the contextual and inspirational impetus for their program. The ensemble practices a philosophy of radical-inclusionism: audience members are invited to experience concerts the way that they see fit, and absolutely no music is off limits.

When visiting the museum from July through December visitors will encounter vibrant performances, projects, and interactive installations. Stop by to find out what’s possible when an orchestra takes on a museum.



Part of the curatorial department, the Public Engagement program collaborates with artists to develop and present works that create an exchange among the artist, the museum, and the visitor. Enacted both inside and outside the galleries, Public Engagement projects range from re-envisioned security guard uniforms to library and orchestra residencies. Public Engagement was established in 2009 thanks to a James Irvine Foundation Arts Innovation Fund grant.

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