Rio Negro II A Creative Experience of Electric Sound and Indigenous Percussion

above: Sculptor, Artists Composer Douglas R. Ewart photo Glen Stubbe

RIO NEGRO II *Friday, September 6 at 6:00 p.m. talk at 7:00 p.m. talk with Douglas Ewart, George Lewis & Douglas Repetto at Duende & Marine Silo in Silo City, 85 Silo City Row  Douglas R. Ewart: bamboo sculptures, rainsticks, chimes George Lewis: electronic sounds

Hallwalls is excited to announce the launch of Rio Negro II at Silo City, a major site-specific exhibition in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and celebrating the renewal and rebirth of Buffalo’s iconic grain elevators & historic waterways.

The polymathic Douglas R. Ewart has been honored for his work as a composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser, conceptual artist, sculptor and instrument designer and builder. Also an educator, Ewart bridges his kaleidoscopic activities with a vision that opposes today’s divided world, culture-fusing works that aim to restore the wholeness of communities and of the individuals within them, and to emphasize the reality that our world is an interdependent entity. This is highlighted in his collaborative installation project Rio Negro II – a work that combines natural materials & modern technology to create a deeply engaging atmosphere that calls attention to a time when human beings had a more balanced relationship with their living environment.

 Rio Negro is centered on the sounds of rainsticks. As Ewart has remarked, “The reason that I use rainsticks is because I like the idea of something that can be functional and at the same time be esoteric. There is something life-like about a rainstick.” Ewart’s rainsticks range between four and six feet in length. With their complex blend of sonic and visual aesthetics, which reference the African-descended Jonkonnu performance traditions of his native Jamaica, Ewart’s rainsticks may be considered more as totemic sound sculptures.

Chicago Native George Lewis, a prolific trombonist and member of the

Trombonist Chicago Native George

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, will create new electronic music to accompany the installation, adapting the piece to accommodate the unique environment.

Born in Kingston Jamaica, and immigrated to Chicago in `1963, Douglas R. Ewart is known as a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, sculptor, and maker of masks and instruments over his 40 year career. Douglas Irving Repetto is an artist and teacher.

The title of the work references the Rio Negro in Brazil, a major tributary of the Amazon river, and the largest black-water river in the world.

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