Jacolby Satterwhite, En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance

Friday and Saturday, March 17–18, 2017
10 p.m.

Gina and Stuart Peterson White Box, Floor 4
Please use the Joyce and Larry Stupski Entrance at Minna Street

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Performance preview of Jacolby Satterwhite’s En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance, 2016; photo: Beth LaBerge

During this long weekend of performance, join us as Jacolby Satterwhite premieres En Plein Air: Music of Objective Romance. In this newly commissioned piece, the artist builds an immersive virtual reality dreamscape from his mother Patricia’s archive of twelve a cappella albums, originally recorded in the late 90s on consumer-grade cassette tapes. Satterwhite and his musical collaborator Nick Weiss (Teengirl Fantasy) selected from over 155 of Patricia’s tracks. The resulting visual album — set to Patricia’s original melodies and vocals and incorporating elements of electronic house, noise, and deconstructed club music — debuts in this listening party and live concert environment. Drinks available for purchase.

Program notes available here.

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