ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE:
Thursday, September 27 | 9pm - 11pm
Trumpet Blossom Cafe | 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240
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:
Bill MacKay is a Chicago based guitarist-composer-improviser. He has energized experimental folk, rock, and avant-garde scenes with his radiant songs, and creative and unpredictable approach to the guitar.
Bill MacKay's blissful harmonic control and just-outside-the-box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting.
His creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed on his Drag City debut, Esker, and his live performances are unmatched.
MacKay cut his teeth in various bands and projects spanning genres across the U.S., and has created an extensive body of original work, while energizing the folk, avant-garde and experimental diaspora.
Vero Rose Smith
Vero Rose Smith is an artist, curator, an educator based in Iowa City, Iowa. Her musical work centers on collective memory and the intersection of culture and environment. She is also fascinated by the role of visual imagery in scientific literacy, and the potential of tactile data. In performance, she seeks to assemble impromptu ensembles and improvised compositions collaboratively in real time.