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Mark Music Show 3.5: Simon Fink Book/CD/Art Release w/ The Wires

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Simon Fink and The Wires Alternative String Duo perform music from Lullabies Till Dawn, an illustrated songbook about fatherhood, sleep deprivation, and music-making with art by Benjamin Parks.

This is our BIG SHOW — our BOOK/CD/ART RELEASE CONCERT—come join us!

LULLABIES TILL DAWN

About four years ago I quit my job to stay at home and parent. I had recently finished studying composition in music school, but now my most creative periods were no longer at the piano or studio desk, but in the late-night rocking chair. Sleep-deprived contemplation replaced fastidious orchestration. My aim was no longer the aesthetic development of musical materials, engaging in the great Western tradition, but simply to crack the communication barrier with ones too young to understand language and to keep myself lucid in the process.

There were three great forces at play in my life: Sleep, Fatherhood, and Music. At the nexus of these was the most humble musical form, the Lullaby: a simple melody sung to invite sleep as much for the parent as for the child.

Lullabies Till Dawn is an illustrated songbook with songs and narrative by Simon Borman Fink and art by Benjamin Parks. The accompanying CD features performances of the lullabies by Simon Fink with The Wires string duo (Laurel Morgan Parks and Sascha Groschang) and harmony vocals by Cheyenne Dorrell.

SIMON FINK

Simon is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music has been called “delicate, intriguing, shadowy, (and) suddenly new” (NPR) and “refreshing” (The Kansas City Star). He brings a wide-ranging background and classically-trained ear to genres from opera to electronic music to the American folk song. He currently writes and performs with the folk/bluegrass quartet Under the Big Oak Tree.

Simon has received honors from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Youth Symphony, and his works have been featured by The Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Aspen Music Festival, and the Staunton Music Festival. His past collaborations include projects with Grammy-winning musicians eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kevin McMillan, and Ian Howell, as well as Uniondocs, Ensemble Iberica, and Tunisia88.

BENJAMIN PARKS

Benjamin Parks is a Kansas City-based artist whose primary focus is painting large scale portraits and figurative work. He has shown many original works in galleries and art spaces throughout the country, including the Leedy-Voulkous Art Center, the C Flat Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, the Keyhole Gallery, the Underground Gallery, and various other venues. Parks’ paintings, sculptures, and interactive pieces have been commissioned for private collections throughout the country. As an Art Director, he has completed work for clients such as Mercedes Benz, On The Border, Dice, Delta Airlines, Boston College, Wyndham Resorts, Sunlighten Day Spas, and K-State University, among others.

THE WIRES

Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, The Wires compose and perform original music for violin and cello. Inspired by a myriad of genres and eclectic sounds, The Wires are not your typical strings group. The project encompasses a blend of wide-ranging styles, from tango to gypsy, jazz to rock and infused with the precision of classical form. The Wires released their debut album in 2013, and are creators and executive directors of Wired In – Creative Strings Workshop – a summer program for string players interested in learning new styles and techniques.

This project is sponsored in part by an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant and an Artist INC Advance Peer Award.

The admission for this show will be $20 cash at the door (no credit cards or checks) or $15+fees through Eventbrite.

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