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Ecstatic Music: Seth Parker Woods

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Difficult Grace

Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist and 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. The works presented are excerpted from his solo show “Difficult Grace,” which draws inspiration from the Great Migration, archive research in the year 1915 of the historic newspaper The Chicago Defender, immigration, acts of translation and commentaries on the human condition, and their present and past histories. A few of the works feature roles for a speaking cellist, and all works on the program have an electronic component with film or visual artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoë McLean and Freida Abtan.

Program

FREDRICK GIFFORD  –  Difficult Grace
(Artwork: “GRACE” by Barbara Earl Thomas)

MONTY ADKINS  –  Winter Tendrils
(With film by Zoë McLean)

NATHALIE JOACHIM  – The Race: 1915
(With images of Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series)

FREIDA ABTAN  –  My Heart Is A River

PIERRE ALEXANDRE TREMBLAY  –  asinglewordisnotenough 3 [invariant]
(with choreographer/dancer Roderick George)

Film by Point of Order Productions

Seth Parker Woods's Artist Residency is generously underwritten by Dinah Jacobs.