Art, music and sounds blend in ‘Holographic’ – Monday night at Sainer Pavilion

From Sarasota Herald Tribune, January 4, 2019

Composer Daniel Wohl and visual artist Daniel Schwarz work together for ensembleNEWSRQ and New Music New College concert program

Composer and pianist Daniel Wohl earned wide praise in 2016 with the release of his recording “Holographic.”

NPR described him as a “gifted alchemist in sound” and said the album “seems like the product of some wild-eyed professor mixing up aural compounds in a laboratory. The vast catalog of sounds Wohl has crafted mesmerizes. In Holographic he has created an arresting space where electronics and acoustic instruments commingle with cinematic vibrancy.”

He brings that music to the stage of Sainer Pavilion at New College of Florida Monday night with visual artist Daniel Schwarz in a collaboration co-presented by ensembleNEWSRQ and New Music New College.

The program was originally announced to be presented at the former Alfstad& Contemporary, before the gallery closed last year.

As Wohl plays his music and sounds, Schwarz is creating visual art that is projected on a screen inspired by what he is hearing, meaning that the visuals can change from one performance to the next.

It is a concert-length work that involves an electroacoustic ensemble, and enSRQ said the program “explores different worlds of improbable combinations of sounds, hidden sonic landscapes both acoustic and electronic.”

The Paris-born Wohl is known for his album “Corps Exquis,” released in 2013 and “8 Minutes,” which was commissioned by Sadler’s Wells. He also has worked on the scores to such films as “The Color of Time,” “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead” and “Veronica,” among others. Schwarz, who was born in Germany, describes his works as examining the “current crises in politics and social life through the lens of digital media. They engage critically with aspects of control and power structures, state authority and cartography under the connective tissue of surveillance and loss of privacy.”

Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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