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Sonic Ecologies

Sonic Ecologies Seth Parker Woods in conversation with Michael Maizels visionary composer, virtuoso cellist, and interdisciplinary performer, Seth Parker Woods has been challenging audiences for nearly two decades. His A works synthesize a polyglot musical upbringing in Houston with his train- ing in cello and electronics at institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe, com- bining materials from custom, frozen instruments to archival recordings, visual projections, and spoken-word poetry. He speaks here of his concept of “unabashed adornment,” relating it to the notion of self-care during this time of collective uncertainty. His compositions, including Difficult Grace (2020), which uses Jacob Lawrence’s paintings from The Migration Series (1940–41) as a visual background, and Iced Bodies (2017), a work inspired by the legacy of the cellist and perfor- mance artist Charlotte Moorman, have been performed at numerous international venues, such as the Tate Modern, Seattle Symphony, Basel Ballet, and the Berlin Staatsballet. These works comprise a unique, rich dialogue with the explora- tions of the mid-century avant-garde. Woods is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at the University at Buffalo. This conversation took place in October and November 2021. Origin stories are always overdetermined—all the way to the ostensibly perfect circle drawn by Giotto’s shepherd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2022 Performing Arts Journal, Inc.
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/pajj_a_00611
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Abstract

Seth Parker Woods in conversation with Michael Maizels visionary composer, virtuoso cellist, and interdisciplinary performer, Seth Parker Woods has been challenging audiences for nearly two decades. His A works synthesize a polyglot musical upbringing in Houston with his train- ing in cello and electronics at institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe, com- bining materials from custom, frozen instruments to archival recordings, visual projections, and spoken-word poetry. He speaks here of his concept of “unabashed adornment,” relating it to the notion of self-care during this time of collective uncertainty. His compositions, including Difficult Grace (2020), which uses Jacob Lawrence’s paintings from The Migration Series (1940–41) as a visual background, and Iced Bodies (2017), a work inspired by the legacy of the cellist and perfor- mance artist Charlotte Moorman, have been performed at numerous international venues, such as the Tate Modern, Seattle Symphony, Basel Ballet, and the Berlin Staatsballet. These works comprise a unique, rich dialogue with the explora- tions of the mid-century avant-garde. Woods is currently a distinguished visiting scholar at the University at Buffalo. This conversation took place in October and November 2021. Origin stories are always overdetermined—all the way to the ostensibly perfect circle drawn by Giotto’s shepherd

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2022

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