ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
Tuesday, July 30 | 9pm - 12am
Trumpet Blossom Cafe | 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
Cost: $8 or FREE for ages 20 and under
ABOUT THE COLLABORATION:
The Feed Me Weird Things collaboration is a series of online visual “mixtapes” created in response to a series of music performances. Each mixtape (or group of art) is culled from the permanent collections of the University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art and paired with short essays. These essays and images provide an avenue for exploring overlaps between the aesthetic sensibilities of visual and sonic artforms.
A central endeavor of art exhibitions and concert series alike is to introduce audiences to new ideas, or novel combinations and juxtapositions of old ideas. Musical curator Chris Wiersema (Mission Creek Festival) and visual curator Vero Rose Smith (Stanley Museum of Art) are united in their effort to carve out cavities for interesting conversations and cross-disciplinary connections. What is music? What is art? Where are the spaces between, and the intersections? What does it mean to listen and see deeply? The curators hold in common a belief that learning to listen and see with depth and empathy should not be limited to those able to receive specialized training. Sharing time, and attention, and physical proximity with others can create a natural empathy despite differences in personal identities and cultures.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Weaving vocals into the organ-like resonances of the bowed double bass, Jordan Sand's work as a soloist and for theater has been called "impressive" (New York Times) and described as "ninja bass-playing" (Obsolete Media Objects). Ranging from “dynamic pop-inflected solo pieces” (The Strad) to long meditations on ringing dissonance, her music deals with sex, innocence, anxiety, ancient and anthropocene myth, the decay of monotheism, and the brainstem hymn. Based in New York, Jordan’s eclectic record as a collaborator, improviser and bassist includes projects with the International Contemporary Ensemble and Peter Evans, frequent engagements within the klezmer and folk music world, and appearances on SNL, Carnegie Hall, and the NPR Tiny Desk Concert series.
One half of long-shelved Iowa City drugged-ambient improv duo Lwa, Wiersema uses no-input mixers, prepared guitar, field recordings, and broken medical equipment to coax melody from ether. Wiersema is founder of Feed Me Weird Things and programmer for the Mission Creek and Witching Hour festivals. This will be the first public performance in several years and will likely not perform again for several more.