Irondale, Walter Thompson Orchestra, Soundpainting
Irondale announces the return of the award winning Walter Thompson Orchestra June 8 & 9 in an exciting, intense and ambitious multidisciplinary Soundpainting event.
Soundpainting, created by Thompson, is a unique sign language developed around musical composition and can encompass live musicians, visual artists, dancers, actors to provide a visceral and inspiring audience experience that has seen Thompson collaborate with the legendary Anthony Braxton and perform to sold out houses worldwide.
For this Irondale engagement, the Walter Thompson Orchestra will be comprised of stellar performers, Rolf Sturm, guitar; Steve Rust, bass; Gil Selinger, cello; Chris Washburne, trombone/tuba; Hollis Headrick, drums; Rob Henke, trumpet; Michael Attias, saxophones, Nicole Poole, actor and Leese Walker, actor.
Soundpainting presently comprises of more than 1200 gestures that are signed by the Soundpainter to indicate the type of material desired of the performers. The creation of the composition is realized by the Soundpainter (the composer), through the parameters of the each set of signed hand and body gestures indicating specific and/or aleatoric material to be performed by an individual performer, a specific number of performers, or the entire group. The Soundpainter develops the responses of the performers, molding and shaping them into the composition and then signs another series of gestures, a phrase. The Soundpainter, listening and looking at the responses of The Players, decides the next direction of the piece, signs a phrase - to a performer or performers - and continues in this process of composing the piece in real time. The Soundpainter can include a musical score, a theater script, choreography and/or other elements depending on the nature of the performance. Visit Soundpainting.com for more information.