MATA goes full blast in an unforgettable evening that probes all that we understand to work together to create music. Norwegian composer Bjørn Erik Haugen’s Summon transforms images to sound and back to image, questioning if what we see is really what we intend it to be. Mirela Ivičević, in her Orgy of References, takes on the role of the composer, their resumes in particular, giving a new take on the litany of accolades that fill them. Meanwhile American Megan Grace Beugger’s Liaisons connects a dancer to a prepared piano via a pulley system – what is more important: the sound or the performance? Serbian composer Jasna Veličković tears apart the instrument, creating music instead with magnets in her sUn. Finally, Music for Lamps – the trio of Adam Basanta, Max Stein, and Julian Stein – puts forth a clean slate in which tens of table lamps outfitted with transducers create their own music.
Bjørn Erik Haugen (Norway): Summon (2013), WP
Jasna Veličković (Serbia): sUn (2014), AP
Mirela Ivičević (Croatia): Orgy of References (2012), AP
Megan Grace Beugger (USA): Liaison (2013), NYP
Adam Basanta / Julian Stein / Max Stein (Canada / US): Music for Lamps (2012-15), AP