Listen: Visualizing Music at National Sawdust's SONiC Afterhours

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bora Yoon (Courtesy of the artist)

An Oct. 17 late-night SONiC Festival performance at Brooklyn venue National Sawdust consisted of three multimedia collaborations that combined acoustic instruments with electronics, film, live visuals and dance.

The program, titled "Visualizing Music: Composers & Video Artists," opened with composer and National Sawdust artistic director Paola Prestini's Listen Quiet, set to film projections by S. Katy Tucker.

Christopher Cerrone's solo percussion piece Memory Palace was paired with Francesco Simeti's film Billowing, inspired by Chinese art and the blending of armies through what Simeti calls a landscape of "dense fog banks and curled lines of smoke."

Composer-vocalist Bora Yoon collaborated with visual artist Joshue Ott and tap dancer Andrew Nemr for a new multimedia take on her Sons Nouveaux, originally released on her album "Sunken Cathedrals."


Paola Prestini - Listen Quiet

Christopher Cerrone - Memory Palace (world premiere)

Bora Yoon - Sons Nouveaux (world premiere)

This performance was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jeremy Kinney.

The American Composers Orchestra’s inaugural SONiC Festival, presented in 2011, was hailed as "a brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium" (The Guardian). The second edition returned in 2015 with over 20 world premieres, and music from over 80 composers age 40 and under at venues across New York City. Q2 Music is the digital media partner of the SONiC Festival, and all concerts will be available for on-demand streaming at

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