Experimental Music hits the stage in the Upper School

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Monday May 16th  Neil Feather an inventor of experimental musical instruments visited the Upper School and shared his passion for creating unique musical instruments.

Lower School, Middle School and Upper School attended the presentation and his Jam Session/presentation in the Upper School Maker Space later that day.

Neil Feather also met with Mrs Cecile Audette of the Middle School, to talk about future collaborations with the Middle School Music Program. Neil got to see our extensive collection of student made instruments.

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Neil Feather is internationally known as an inventor of experimental musical instruments.  The instruments combine strings, springs, magnets, motors, flywheels, electromagnetic pickups, bicycles, bowling balls and other matter to explore the sounds of unlikely physical events.  He has performed hundreds of concerts across the United States, Canada and New Zealand. He has created numerous site-specific sound installations.

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Neil Feather has be a key player in Baltimore’s vibrant music and art community since 1985.  He was a founding member of the Red Room Collective and the High Zero Foundation.  The collective presents 50 concerts a year.  The High Zero Festival is in its 18th year of presenting world-class improvised and experimental music in an unusual and vital structure. Neil Feather won the Sondheim  Art Prize and the Trawick Contemporary Art Prize. He was included in the Exhibit “Art or Sound” in Venice, Italy.  His instruments are featured in the contemporary ballet “Sunset o6.39 Hours” produced by Ballet X in Philadelphia.

He is a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow   —-United States Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife established the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 1925 as a memorial to a son who died April 26, 1922. The Foundation offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. The Foundation receives between 3,500 and 4,000 applications each year. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded each year.

Check out is amazing creations!  http://neilfeather.com/

Itinerary on May 16th

Collection            11:35-11:50   Introduction and short performance in Auditorium
Class visit             11:55-1:05     Visit with Mrs. Audette in the Middle school to see students musical instruments and talk shop
Lunch                     1:06-1:30      In cafeteria join us!
Presentation       1:35-2:15      Upper School M-Block Maker Space demonstration / presentation JAM SESSION!   BRING YOUR INSTRUMENTS!

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