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Friday, October 8th, 2010
08:45 PM

Charlie Rauh & Megan Harrold
an evening of dance, experimental guitar, and 12th century mysticism
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Charlie Rauh & Megan Harrold Hildegard von Bingen
(Illumination from the Liber Scivias)
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  • This event will take place in Floorspace, the movement arts studio right next door to ATHICA.
    Thank you to Floorspace for co-hosting this event!

    Choreographer Megan Harrold and composer Charlie Rauh recently attended the Klaustrid Foundation's artist residency at Skriduklaustur in east Iceland where they created a piece for solo dance and solo guitar based on the visionary work of 12th Century nun/composer/mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179). Working off of Hildegard's visions as described in her collection, Scivias, the piece was created through the use of an original method of word transposition into melody and movement developed by both artists. The music takes written words from their original form to a notated melody based on the interval relationship between the alphabet and the 12 tones of Western notation, which is in turn harmonized and set to rhythm. The dance takes the written words and assigns various energies, movements, and specific anatomical details of the human body to certain letters. As well as her visions, the artists took influence from Hildegard's Ignota Lingua (unknown language) - An invented vocabulary based on an alphabet created by Hildegard - the purpose of which is still the subject of much debate and research. Working off of this concept Harrold and Rauh structured the piece in a moving multilevel form, not dissimilar from an elevator. Secret cues between musician and dancer signal the movement from one level to the next, creating a new performance every time while maintaining the consistency of the intent through deep communicative attention between performers.

    Participating Artists

    Charlie Rauh
    is a composer/guitarist based in Nashville, TN (relocating to NYC in late October).  A member of the Nashville Composers Association as well as a staff writer for the Jazz Review, he has written works for film, solo guitar, chamber ensembles, and performance art pieces. He has received grants from Meet The Composer/MetLife Creative Connections, the Klaustrid Foundation, the Untitled Artists Group, and the Herndon Arts Council. Rauh works extensively with choreographer Megan Harrold, artistic director of Cultural Reflex Dance, for which he has composed ensemble as well as solo pieces since 2007. With CRD, he has performed original works in venues around the US including Lincoln Center-New York NY, Life Force Art Center -Chicago Il, Art 6-Richmond VA, Zeitgiest Gallery- Nashville TN, and Center For The Arts Theater in Murfreesboro TN. As an active session musician and performer, Rauh continues to work with Ken Coomer (Wilco), Bryn Davies (Tony Rice), Eric Fritsch (Sheryl Crow), Ryan Cavenaugh (Bill Evans/John McLaughlin), and Alan Weatherhead (Sparklehorse) among many others.

    For more information:

    Megan Harrold is originally from Annandale, Virginia and a graduate of Virginia
    Commonwealth University's department of Dance and Choreography. Her work
    has been presented at Greenspace in NY, The Tank in NJ, Clarice Smith
    Performing Arts Centerís 25th Annual Choreographer's Showcase in MD, and
    at Henrico High School where she was a guest artist for the spring
    semester. She has performed in the repertory pieces of Keith Thompson,
    Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar,
    Ashley Anderson, Mariah Maloney and Laura Dean. She is also the
    scholarship recipient for the Carpenter Foundation and the Phi Kappa Phi
    Wayne C. Hall Arts Scholarship and has received a grant from the Ucross
    Foundation. Megan is currently a dancer as well as the director of
    growth and development at the Latin Ballet of Virginia.

    Jeff McLeod of Montgomery, AL, is a DIY improviser, experimentalist and multi-instrumentalist with a 20-year history of fiercely supporting and creating independent music in the Southeastern United States. Jeff is "not a hustler or businessman, and is not too keen on bios or tooting his own horn." His personal belief is that the music is the only thing that is important. His discography and collaborations are far too lengthy to list here, but are in ever-changing growing statuses at his personal website (jeffmcleod.net). Jeff thrives upon personal contact and interaction with other musicians and listeners alike, so just come see him play. Jeff's performances in Athens on WUOG's Live in the Lobby on Oct. 7 (7pm) and at Floorspace will feature the groundbreaking Moog guitar.

    For more information:

    Killick, of Athens, GA explores the edges of possibility in sound with the H'arpeggione, an 18-string plucked and bowed hybrid by California luthier Fred Carlson. Balancing sonic focus with temporal openness, Killick guides deep into the heart of beauty to access ancient knowledge, following the muse where the spirits roam. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal, a dynamic body/soul/mind system. Inspired by the Fugates of Troublesome Creek, Smurfs, and colloidal silver overuse, Killick is on a lifelong mission to turn a sizeable swatch of his skin blue. Blue is the color of the sky, water, the throat chakra, and is also known as the color of desperation.

    For more information and samples of Killick's recordings:
    Improvisor article


    Leadership support for Meet The Composerís MetLife Creative Connections program is generously provided by MetLife Foundation. Additional support is provided by The
    Amphion Foundation, Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Jerome Foundation,
    mediaThe foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Virgil Thomson Foundation, Ltd.

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