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Fri, Apr 14, 2017, 9:00 PM – Sun, Apr 23, 2017, 5:00 PM PDT
Music & Arts ReSound (M.A.R.S.) is a festival based on interdisciplinary cooperation between different forms of contemporary music, applied arts and independent film, with the target of creating platforms for internationally established musicians and artists of all kinds to promote their work and open new perspectives on seeing music through cross-artistic pairings. These carefully curated and hand-picked events will expand musical imagination by blurring the borders between music and other applied arts. Artists involved will choose a concept and theme that will govern their collaborative process, and foster a wider array of interests for audiences than those of a usual contemporary music festival. Visual art, film, fashion and dance will bring an understanding and conceptualization of music to a higher level of awareness for both the performers and the audience. The festival will provide the necessary infrastructure for creating and fostering such collaborative platforms, and will do so in all major cities around the globe. The first installation of M.A.R.S. will focus on Los Angeles, bringing together the artistic sensibility and expertise of local artists who live and work in and around the city, and attesting to the factor of migration that this SoCal capital sees every day.
April 14th @ 9pm - M.A.R.S. Electric featuring Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra
…T minus endless wait – the words ‘3…2…1…ignite’ – and launch of first ever Festival M.A.R.S.. In an elevated setting, above the heads of the many on a busy night at MARS Station 1. Composer&Turntable artist: Jorge Sanchez Chiong dictates a crafted choreography of the LA native Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra – an orchestra senza conductor. As a well oiled and finely tuned space rover, exploring the soundscapes of new music for a 40 piece orchestra, Jorge creates overarching transitions of sound waves around the orchestra’s program, interweaving continuity and creating a silver lining of continuous electronica. Magnanimous waves of sound exploration will reverberate through the landscape of DTLA’s Arts District that day as new music will take it’s first steps on an uncharted unpredictable territory.
April 15th @ 5pm - M.A.R.S. Genesis featuring the M.A.R.S. Collective
It is fair to say that in their respective times the master composer Richard Wagner with his idea of an operatic musical spectacle as Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork), and the renowned film theorist André Bazin with his idea of total cinema – the notion that the ultimate art form of cinema has yet to be invented as the development of technology allows it to become a true reproduction of reality – were both visionaries with their gaze set on the horizon of the future. But they could never have been aware of how the future could bring their seemingly disparate concepts innately together in one artistic event, and they could never have been aware that this future is now.
Music is of all arts the most spiritual, intimate and unconscious. New visual technologies allow us to complete the sensorial experience bringing a new way to dive into the music, to feel immersed in it like an amniotic cave where we get lost and found in the music. Through the latest techniques of video mapping, projection and interactive video, the audience will be transported through a hypnotic river into the subliminal, from the sheer darkness to a total experience. Interactive lighting design, shapes, and sounds across creation from nothingness to LIFE. No experience will be repeated, like in Heraclitus waters, no one’s path will be the same. 4 platforms - 4 different experiences of immersive video and sound reoccurring throughout the day.
April 21st @ 9pm - M.A.R.S. ICE featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble
On a winter day, on MA.R.S.: 195 degrees F. It is cold. There is ice.
There is ICE: an International Contemporary Ensemble – an artist collective committed to transforming the way music is created and experienced. As performer, curator, and educator, ICE explores how new music intersects with communities across the world. The ensemble’s 35 members are featured as soloists, chamber musicians, commissioners, and collaborators with the foremost musical artists of our time. Emerging composers have anchored ICE’s programming since its founding in 2001, and the group’s recordings and digital platforms highlight the many voices that weave together music’s present.
This is ICE. This is new music.
Tagging along the ICE route will be local LA ensembles performing with multimedia components.
April 23rd @ 2pm - M.A.R.S. Super Sonic featuring Ensemble Pamplemousse
2017 M.A.R.S. journey coming to an end, means only that a new adventure begins. M.A.R.S. Super Sonic, the festival’s concluding event, offers an educational introspective interactive exhibition of Ensemble Pamplemousse’s sonic art.
This composer/performer collective, founded in 2003 provides a focal point for like-minded creators with a thirst for sonic exploration. The ensemble is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, emergent from training in disparate musical fields. Their collective love for the exquisite in all sonic realms leads the ensemble to persistently discover new vistas of sound at the frayed edges of dissective instrumental performance technique. Compositions aggregate each member’s unique virtuosic talents into extraordinary magical moments. In the flexible moments of performance, the ensemble weaves together shapes of resonance, clusters of glitch, skitters of hyper action, and masses of absurdity into impeccable structures of unified beauty.