Open your ears.
Sonic Innovations continues to expand Caramoor’s programming with an annual exhibition of sound art, curated by Stephan Moore, from artists working with sonic materials outside the traditions of concert music. Each artist has drawn inspiration from their chosen location, creating work that is mindful of the natural and human-made sounds and systems already present in the environment, while engaging each site’s unique characteristics — be they acoustic, historic, architectural, or natural.
Opening in June! Free and open during Box Office hours and on concert days this summer.
New Artists for 2018:
Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green)
Walter KitunduKitundu creates kinetic sculptures and sonic installations, develops public works, builds (and performs on) extraordinary musical instruments, while studying and documenting the natural world. In 2008, he received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of his work and creative potential. His piece Nafasi Yako Ni Ya Kijani (Your Place is Green) will live this summer at Caramoor as an invitation for reflection and introspection.
Paula MatthusenMatthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations. In addition to writing for a variety of ensembles, she collaborates with choreographers and theater companies. She has written for diverse instrumentations, such as “run-on sentence of the pavement” for piano, ping-pong balls, and electronics, which Alex Ross of The New Yorker called “entrancing.” She is creating a new installation work for Caramoor, appearing this summer.
Stone Song (2014)
Ranjit BhatnagarCreated for 2014's In the Garden of Sonic Delights, Stone Song by Ranjit Bhatnagar was originally hosted by the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY and was brought to Caramoor in 2015. "When I look at an old stone wall, I think about how the seemingly solid form has shifted and settled over time, through weathering and the erosion and compression of the soil. In order to explore this process through sound, Stone Song is laced with pressure sensors and strain gauges, and sensors for humidity, temperature, and barometric pressure. All this information feeds into a drone synthesizer, whose fundamental tones shift slowly over the months as the stones settle. Daily weather and seasonal changes will produce smaller, shorter-term changes in the stones’ song, as will the weight of visitors who stop to sit on it and listen. I’ve designed Stone Song in collaboration with Hilary Martin, Akira Inman, and Evan Oxland." — Ranjit Bhatnagar