The Sculptured Sounds Music Festival is an exciting four-concert series of performances showcasing the many sides of Futuristic Music and concepts. Under the umbrella of Sculptured Sounds, I’ve “sculpted” an eclectic line-up of artists, some in unique configurations that, heretofore, I only imagined combining. The festivities started off with the well-received “Preview Concert,” December 10th with subsequent weekly concerts to be held every Sunday in February 2007 at Saint Peters Church. As connoisseurs of great music and innovative art, you’ll want to be present for each one of these memorable performances.
Each week consists of a demonstration/lecture, opening act and a headlining act(s.) The opening and featured act(s) perform in the Sanctuary while just outside in “The Living Room,” you’ll find a multi-disciplinary experience of music-related demonstrations/lectures, artwork by musicians (The Preview Concert featured the artwork of Musician/Artists Oliver Lake & Dick Griffin and an Art/Sound Improvisationalist, Umberto Grati), and vending opportunities for participating artists. The host for the concerts is ABC’s “Like it Is” host, Gil Noble.
This is a project whose time is NOW. I recognized the lack of performing opportunities for such talented artists and, as of this writing, the full series of concerts will employ over 80 artists (see schedule below). In less than two weeks of contacting the selected artists, over 90% had confirmed. Besides Oliver Lake and Dick Griffin, confirmed artists include such noted artists as Stanley Cowell, Amiri Baraka, Jason Hwang, Billy Hart, Charles Gayle and Sonny Fortune.
It is indeed my pleasure to realize that this artist-driven initiative can happen because of the belief and support from our community of arts patrons, all of the wonderful artists and other participants who joined this effort with the spirit that “WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN.”
We’ve chosen to dedicate this effort to the memory of the late Jimmy Vass (1937-2006) who devoted his life to the growth of aspiring musicians.
All this translates to the presentation of The Sculptured Sounds Music Festival, and, most importantly, that unique creative element which has been sorely missed from the roster of more mainstream productions.