From the Artist’s Studio
The world-renowned Quintet of the Americas returns to RAA’s sTudio 7 Gallery in a free concert on Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. The versatile group, called by In Tune magazine, “one of the world’s top wind quintets,” has fashioned their program with pieces that express the sense of color in music, and illustrate in musical notes and structures, the diversity of colors, shades and tones their instruments are capable of producing. Thus they will be enhancing, enriching and echoing the artwork hanging on the walls of sTudio 7 Gallery in the exhibits “Chroma” and “Black and White All Over.”
The Quintet has performed a series of concerts this year under the title, “Tone and Color,” in which they play music that showcases all the individual color capabilities of the instruments comprising a woodwind quintet. “A woodwind quintet is very different from a string quintet, whose sound is very harmonious,” explains the group’s director and French horn player, Barbara Oldham. Woodwinds produce very different sounds from each other, giving the composer “the opportunity to take advantage of the different instruments and to combine them in unusual ways to create different timbres and overtones by nature of the instruments. The colors are unique. The composer can ‘paint’ all sorts of interesting colors.”
The Quintet’s mission is to broaden knowledge and appreciation of music from the Western Hemisphere, and particularly new music, through the performance, commissioning, and recording of woodwind quintets and related chamber music. They search out collaborations with composers, guest artists, other ensembles, other art forms and other organizations.
The concert tomorrow, May 10, draws from a wide and interesting range of sources. Marcus Redden, a young French horn player and composer, has written a piece for wind quintet titled “Three Colors” that includes the movements Red, Blue and Violet that communicate the corresponding ‘feel’ of the sounds the instruments are asked to produce.
On the program for Saturday is the great Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” that so successfully translates the feel of that dark color. Matt Sullivan, the Quintet’s oboist, has written an electronic oboe version of “Mood Indigo” that shows how the sound of the instrument can be varied even more by the electronics. “Lejano Azul,” (Distant Blue), by Colombian Luis Calvo is also on the schedule, as is a composition by bassoonist John Steinmetz that connects all the movements of the piece to the note used to tune up music groups, ‘A,’ and lets each instrument play it, illustrating how the different sound colors of each instrument affect that note. Some of the piece’s music is in the style of Gregorian chant, some medieval, some Celtic.
Following the concert, and making the afternoon a truly spontaneous, interactive experience, Oldham has asked artists with work in the two exhibits to dialogue about their work with the audience and the musicians, including how music has affected their art.
Quilting classes with Maryann McEvoy: Tuesdays from May 13 to June 17, 7-9 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Fee: $150. Students will make a beautiful sampler block wall hanging. Supplies, materials and sewing machine required. To register please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718- 474-0861. The classes are sponsored in part by The Blue Bungalow.
“Shades and Shapes of BLU” is an exhibit of works by the late artist Chris Preston, known to his friends as BLU, hosted and curated by Yuri Y. Yurov. The exhibit is on view through Sunday, June 1 at YYY Fine Arts Studio, 502 Main Street, Boonton, New Jersey. Proceeds from sale of artwork go to Foundation for Art Education in Preston’s name. RAA Contact Info: Phone: 718-474-0861; Fax: 718-474- 4373; email: email@example.com; website: www.rockawayartistsalliance.org CU@RoCA.
Fort Tilden Highlights:
PRESENT EXHIBITS: “Chroma” and “Black and White All Over” run through June 1, sTudio 7 Gallery, Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) at Fort Tilden. Gallery hours: Sat. and Sun. 12- 4 p.m. and by appointment. Free admission.
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS: Free concert at sTudio 7 on May 10 at 2 p.m. Their program will include music related to the dynamics of color and black and white. Admission is free. See column.
QUILTING CLASSES: May 13-June 17. See column.
‘JOSIE AND THE ROCKAWAY TUFFS’: RAA presents a new children’s musical by Arianna Rose. Sat., May 17, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 5 p.m. in Building T-149, Fort Tilden. For reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org; 718-474-0861. Adults $10, children $5.