Learning to See
Work In Progress
- Klaus Engel – machine designer
- Dave Klassen – percussion
- Kathryn Ladano – bass clarinet
- Isabella Stefanescu – visual artist
- with Margaret Bárdos – mezzo-soprano
Learning to See is a durational performance for bass clarinet, percussion and euphonopen. Each of the 23 movements highlighting a certain type of musical gesture – the movement a person has to make in order to produce sound from an instrument. Learning to See encourages the audience to think of music as both sound and a visual form of expression and communication.
The inspiration of this piece is Drawing Techniques a book by Peter Jenny professor of architecture in Zurich, which deals with 22 techniques, to which we added the 23’rd – erasure. The visual artist works her way through each of the 23 drawing techniques, using the euphonopen, which manipulates the voice of the mezzo-soprano, while the bass clarinet and percussion interpret the vocabulary of each drawing technique description as a structured improvisation.
Technique No. 1 – Gesticulate
Technique No. 8 – Form
This project was funded by a grant from the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund