Fresh Inc 2020 – Day 8

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Have you ever wondered how artists from multiple disciplines come together to collaborate with one another? Today Fresh Inc participants got a behind the scenes look at this process during a special workshop centered around “RHINO,” an upcoming Fifth House Ensemble experimental work produced in collaboration with Michael Rohd, writer, director, and co-founder of the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP). Deep Listening experts Brian and Leila Pertl joined us for a virtual performance of the new work, and Fresh Inc participants were asked to provide direct feedback on what worked about the performance and also on what they recommended in order to make the performance more effective.

"Fontana Mix" by John Cage

Tuesday night’s third showcase concert was inspired by the work of Pauline Oliveros, a composer who spent her career exploring electronic music and creating new, groundbreaking methods of improvisation. With Oliveros’ work in mind, the concert opened with a performance of Fontana Mix, an indeterminate work by John Cage that features 13 performers, a score, and four multi-channel audio tapes. Additional works performed included “Eyrie,” a piece composed and performed by Fresh Inc composer participant Sammy Sussman that featured pre-recorded bird song, and “Sound Piece,” a composition written by Oliveros herself that instructs the performers to engage in acts of sonic meditation. All proceeds from Wednesday night’s performance went to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit that advocates for civil rights through public interest litigation. 

Composer participant Sammy Sussman explains the inspiration behind his original work, "Eyrie"
"Sound Piece" by Pauline Oliveros