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LIGHT & SOUND SHOW—THE VOLUMES PROJECT—THE RINGLING SARASOTA, FL

Ezra Masch is a sculptor, musician as well as a visual artist from Philadelphia, currently based in New York City. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas, as well as a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He teaches at Moore College of Art and Design and is a member of the Tiger Strikes Astroid gallery. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in many sites across the United States.
The Ringling presents —
The special installation VOLUMES Sunday, August 12 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 in the Mondo Gallery (just across the Museum of Art courtyard) view light and sound by the contemporary artist Ezra Masch. *VOLUMES harnesses the speed of light to reveal the volume of sound and space. This immersive audio and visual installation project will feature a three- dimensional grid of LED lights that will fill the interior of the Ringling’s Monda gallery with an iridescent glow.
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Contact microphones will be wired from a basic drum set to custom mixers that will divide the audio into multiple ranges of volume. Dimensions of height, length, and width will then be used to map coordinates of tone and amplitude within the grid of lights. Essentially Masch has created a symbiotic relationship between light and sound, one cannot see the piece unless they can hear it and vice versa. With over fifty percussionists scheduled to play VOLUMES, these musicians will be able to experiment with the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they perform. Volume and pitch will determine the number of lights that flicker, so each drummer will have to play the light as much as they play the physical drum set.
Although both light and sound are perceived through different sensory receptors, VOLUMES intertwines light, sound, and space in such a way that they become inseparable to anyone who experiences it. Consequently it combines auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound. Only the drummer can control the intensity of what the audience experiences by what he or she decides to play. The musician is in control and the space is essentially sculpted live before you by the percussionist.
Seeking to cultivate a new way of understanding and translating the volume of sound to the volume of space Masch has become a sculptor of both light and sound by creating a piece that lies somewhere in between an entirely new instrument and a visual art sculpture. Masch blends elements of sound, light, performance, and engineering into a unique sensory experience that reimagines the traditional notions of stationary sculpture and time based performance art.*
The Volumes Project a combination of Instrument, Sculpture, Installation and Performance — Come out to the exhibition in the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art open Tuesday-Sunday 11 :00am-12:00pm and 3:00-4:00pm to watch nearly 60 live performances. Participants will include local Sarasota talent with other performers from around the country ranging in age from 12-82 years old.
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*With the special installation VOLUMES on view in the Monda Gallery, Sunday, August 12, 2018 through Sunday, September 9, 2018 the Ringling is also presenting four special evening performances highlighting influential and versatile percussionists selected by Masch himself. The performers include, Taylor Gordon, Brian Blade, Greg Fox, and Antonio Sánchez.  Each drummer will  play the light as much as they play the physical drum set, combining auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually be able to see sound.
Please note: These special performances will not have seating. Attendees are encouraged to walk around or sit on the floor while enjoying the performance. Portable gallery stools will be available if needed.
VOLUMES: Special Performances
Thursday Evenings, Aug 16 through Sept 6
7:30 & 8:30 PM
► Thursday, Aug. 16th | Taylor Gordon AKA The Pocket Queen
Taylor Gordon began playing drums at 2 and joined her New Orleans church band at 7. At 14, she became a member of the High School drumline, and steel drum and jazz bands. She took up the marimba and other percussion instruments. She was accepted into the prestigious Berkley College of Music on a full scholarship for her superior skills on drums. She has also performed with several influential music artists such as Stevie Wonder, Musiq Soulchild and many more. She also performed at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime show with Beyoncé.
Thursday, Aug. 23rd | Brian Blade
Brian Blade is an American jazz drummer, composer, session musician, and singer-songwriter. In 1997, Blade formed The Fellowship Band with pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Chris Thomas, saxophonists Myron Walden and Melvin Butler, guitarist Jeff Parker, pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel. The band released its debut album, Brian Blade Fellowship, in 1998, Perceptual in 2000, Season of Changes in 2008 and Landmarks in 2014.
Thursday, Aug. 30th | Greg Fox
Greg Fox is a multi-instrumentalist, interdisciplinary artist, and teacher born and based in New York City. A versatile and prolific creative, Fox studied percussion with Guy Licata, Thurman Barker, Marvin “Bugalu” Smith, has a B.A. in Integrated Arts from Bard College, and has toured, recorded and released numerous records with Liturgy, Guardian Alien, ZS, Ex Eye, Skeletons, Teeth Mountain, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Ben Frost, and many more.
► Thursday, Sept. 6th | Antonio Sánchez
Antonio Sánchez is a Mexican jazz drummer. In 2014, his popularity increased when he composed an original film score for the film Birdman, directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. The soundtrack album was released on October 14, 2014. The score earned him a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and BAFTA Award for Best Film Music; he won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Score and Satellite Award for Best Original Score.
Tickets for all performances may be purchased online or by calling 941-360-7399.
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Contact microphones will be wired from a basic drum set to custom mixers that will divide the audio into multiple ranges of volume. Dimensions of height, length, and width will then be used to map coordinates of tone and amplitude within the grid of  lights. Essentially Masch has created a symbiotic relationship between light and sound, one cannot see the piece unless they can hear it and vice versa. With over sixty percussionists scheduled to play VOLUMES, these musicians will be able to experiment with the visual patterns and forms generated in the lights as they perform. Volume and pitch will determine the number of lights that flicker, so each drummer will have to play the light as much as they play the physical drum set.
VOLUMES intertwines light, sound, and space in such a way that they become inseparable to anyone who experiences it. Consequently it combines auditory and visual signals so precisely that the audience will eventually begin to see sound. Only the drummer can control the intensity of what the audience experiences by what he or she decides to play. The musician is in control and the space is essentially sculpted live before you by the percussionist. *
For additional information/purchase tickets contact The Ringling @ 941-359-5700 or visit their website — theringling.org
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