I am thrilled to announce 2 shows of what will be the premiere of the completed THE BOOKS OF COINCIDENCE. The piece is based on a 59 page artist book filled with painting, collage, drawing, and an epic poem by South African artist/poet Anne Graaff. To this I have composed a piece for piano with a version incorporating live signal processing via computer. When we premiered the first half of this work at the Bowed Electrons Festival 2019 in Cape Town, we were unable to fully integrate the use of the computer, and we were only able to perform half of the poem.
So these 2 upcoming shows will be the premiere of the full-length work as originally conceived as well as the premiere of the version with electronics. For the technical assistance required I am equally thrilled to be collaborating with sound technician Woody.
March 12, 20:00 at the Atelier de la Main d’Or.
9 passage de la Main d’Or
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This concert will also feature additional reading of Anne’s poetry read by herself and Mike Dickman.
March 21, 16:00 at the Festival Entre Temps, Manoir du Bel-Ébat.
2 Avenue de Nemours, Avon.
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The concert in Avon is free however there is limited seating so please reserve.
ABOUT THE BOOKS OF CO-INCIDENCE.
Artist and Author: Anne Graaff
The artist book, The Books of Co-incidence, is a long ballad in text and image. The sequential poetic text weaves through the images.
The art piece is a palimpsest, created upon the pages of an ancient turn of the century book about art and religion. Now, utilizing art again, the book takes a contemporary look at the nature and content of the religions upon which our civilization is built. In the front piece to the book I describe it:
“A rebellious romp through religions, my Ladies of the Lamp, the many Madonnas”
I use the image of the Madonna, in many guises, as the recurring and linking theme in the work. She is the guide through the labyrinthine pathways of the subject matter, the lady who holds the guiding lamp through the dark forests of tangled ideas and religious ideologies.
This is a mystical work, an attempt to open the door to the inner sanctum, the secret heart of the religious impulse.
Text and image build together the final edifice.