The Percussion Park hosts composer Nate May as he debuts his piece "A Free Consultation from Price Hill Audiomotive," a collaboration between MYCincinnati students, Nate's brain, and some newly fashioned instruments!
In addition to the performance, we will have free pizza & instrument making stations!!
4 - 6pm Saturday June 10th, stop on by for some fun!
Percussion Park is located at 3546 Warsaw Avenue, Cincinnati 45205
(disclaimer: pizza will go fast!)
About "A Free Consultation from Price Hill Audiomotive":
I was looking for a concept that would allow us to explore sound together in a fun way. Meanwhile, my car had been exploring sound in a way that I was kind of concerned about..
I was told that the culprit was a bad wheel bearing.
Before dropping lots of money on getting it fixed, I decided to YouTube “bad wheel bearing noise” to see if it matched up. This is how I discovered the dozens of delightful YouTube videos in which someone records a car with a problem making a noise, often narrating as they go along, so that others can hear the noise that that problem makes. In addition to the comedic content of these videos, I realized that these noises were ripe for musical exploration, and they’re sounds that many of us can connect with.
Part of the piece will be a direct recreation of the audio in these videos, using percussion instruments and bass, while students recite the parts of the narrators. Later in the piece, the sounds will form the basis for more musical exploration, overllayed with a more traditionally-musical layer.
About Nate May:
Raised in Huntington, West Virginia, much of his work stems from a “fascination, love, and respect for the people” of Appalachia (Soapbox), including his oratorio State—premiered by singer Kate Wakefield (Lung) and MUSE, Cincinnati's Women's Choir—and his monodrama, Dust in the Bottomland—set in present-day West Virginia and sung by lyric bass Andrew Munn, which has been performed twelve times in seven states and broadcast on radio and television. Large-scale collaborations include the world-touring work Spiral by choreographer/dancer Wanjiru Kamuyu and Kalahari Waits, the debut album of indigenous experimental trio Khoi Khonnexion, produced during a year in South Africa. His chamber and electronic works have been commissioned, performed, and/or recorded by Adam Sliwinski (Sō Percussion/New York), Quartetto Indaco (string quartet/Milan), Patchwork Duo (saxophone and drum set/Cleveland), Brianna Matzke and Hajnal Pivnick (piano and violin/New York/Cincinnati), and Thea Rossen (percussion/Melbourne). He plays Fender Rhodes in the band Firemaggot and performs frequently as a keyboard improviser. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.F.A., Jazz and Contemplative Studies) and Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., Composition), and has studied with Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, Stephen Rush, Miguel Roig-Francolí, and Michael Fiday. His work has received support from the Telluride Association, ArtsWave, People’s Liberty, and the Berea College Appalachian Sound Fellowship.