A performance residency with Bent Frequency and Allen Otte at the University of Georgia: "The Innocents." The performance residency will feature mine and Allen Otte's collaborative/performance art piece "The Innocents" (with Allen Otte). Allen and I join Bent Frequency on two works by Frederic Rzewski: "Coming Together" and "Attica."
Details here: https://willson.uga.edu/event/the-innocents-project/
The Innocents Project residency examines the issue of wrongful conviction in the American penal system through live musical performance and theatre inspired by the work of photographer Taryn Simon. The individuals photographed by Simon were exonerated through DNA evidence, often after serving decades in prison.
The residency will feature a roundtable discussion at the Law School, a presentation on how to fuse contemporary music/theatre with a social justice cause, masterclasses at the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, all to culminate in a final musical performance in the Atrium of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Atlanta-based contemporary music ensemble Bent Frequency members Drs. Jan Baker and Stuart Gerber (Georgia State U.), along with Dr. John Lane (Sam Houston State U.) and Prof. Allen Otte (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) will lead the residency work, with participation by the director of The Georgia Innocence Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping individuals who have been convicted of crimes they did not commit.
The schedule of public events is as follows:
Wednesday, Feb. 15
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160
A conversation featuring Atlanta-based contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency and guest artists Professor Allen Otte and Dr. John Lane as they discuss the collaborative and cross-disciplinary aspects of their performance project The Innocents, inspired by the photo exhibit of The Innocence Project by photographer Taryn Simon, which examines the issue of wrongful conviction in the American penal system. Simon traveled across the US photographing and interviewing individuals who had been wrongly convicted and served time for crimes they did not commit. The individuals photographed were exonerated through DNA evidence. Their performance of The Innocents takes place in the Dodd Atrium (first floor of Lamar Dodd Building) the following evening, 2/16, at 6pm. Sponsored by a Willson Center Public Impact Grant.
Presentation: “Collaboration and Community: Cultivating a Performative Voice”
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Dancz Center, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
A conversation featuring Atlanta-based contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency and guest artists Professor Allen Otte and Dr. John Lane as they discuss how their work as contemporary musicians has broadened into culturally and socially relevant interdisciplinary performance projects that inspire artistic development and purpose beyond the playing of their instruments.
Thursday, Feb. 16
School of Law Panel Discussion: “Social Justice and Music: The Innocence”
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hatton Lovejoy Courtroom, third floor, School of Law
A distinguished panel discussion, moderated by law professor Russell Gabriel, that features Clare Gilbert, interim director of the Georgia Innocence Project; Clarence Harrison, Georgia Innocence Project’s first exoneree; Ryan Swingle, regional capital defender; and guest artists Professor Allen Otte and Dr. John Lane. This panel will discuss aspects of the death penalty, the process of exoneration and how social justice can inspire art and music.
Culminating Performance: The Innocents featuring Atlanta-based contemporary chamber ensemble Bent Frequency and guest artists Professor Allen Otte and Dr. John Lane
Lamar Dodd School of Art Atrium (located on first floor)
The first half of the concert features “The Innocents” work. Through the use of non-traditional instruments, such as found or street percussion (rocks, pots, pans, trash cans, etc.), and the use of electronics, the music and text illustrate some of the strong and complex emotions brought about by Simon’s original exhibit. The second half features Bent Frequency performing “Coming Together” (1971) and “Attica (1972), by the American composer Frederic Rzewski. The text is taken from letters written by Samuel Melville, an activist and inmate killed in the prison riot at Attica State Prison in 1971. Melville’s words outline the inhumane living conditions at Attica, which led directly to the four-day riot that left 39 people dead.