Maryanne Amacher in Philadelphia April 9-13

Source: Bowerbird.

Bowerbird, in collaboration with Blank Forms, is pleased to present Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies, a multipart exploration into the work of pioneering sound artist and composer Maryanne Amacher (1938–2009). A collaborator with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, Amacher spent her formative years as an artist in Philadelphia, where she studied at the University of Pennsylvania with composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Known by many for her sonic explorations of psychoacoustics or her architecturally staged installations, few listeners have been able to experience this wide breadth of Amacher’s “listening mind” in person.

Informed by years of research and presented by an international network of artists and scholars, Maryanne Amacher: Perceptual Geographies offers audiences a rare opportunity to experience Amacher’s work posthumously. In addition to a series of workshops and talks exploring Amacher’s methodology and artistic philosophy, the weekend will feature performances of Amacher’s compositions Adjacencies (1965), for two percussionists and electronics, and Petra (1991) for two pianos. The artistic collective Supreme Connections will also create a site-specific performance-installation using archival audio and visual materials. The concerts will take place at Holy Apostles and The Mediator Episcopal Church (51st and Spruce), with each component being sited in a different architectural space on the historic congregation’s expansive campus.

EVENTS

TUESDAY, APRIL 9 AT 7:00PM
MARYANNE AMACHER: AN INTRODUCTION
Kislak Center (UPENN)

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 AT 7:30PM
ADJACENCIES, PETRA, SUPREME CONNECTIONS
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator

SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 1PM TO 5PM
WAYS OF HEARING WORKSHOP
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator

SATURDAY, APRIL 13 AT 7:30PM
ADJACENCIES, PETRA, SUPREME CONNECTIONS
at Holy Apostles and The Mediator