Upcoming/Current Events (2017):
Blue Kaleidoscope to be premiered on 6/25/17
Violinist Isabel Trautwein (of the Cleveland Orchestra) and harpist Jody Guinn (of the Akron Symphony Orchestra) will premiere my new work Blue Kaleidoscope at Happy Days Lodge on 6/25/17. Details and registration info can be found here.
JC is Not God (Homage to John Cage) in visual art exhibition
My musical score JC is Not God (Homage to John Cage) included in the summer exhibit The Artist's Trust, a collection of over 300 self-portraits created by Cleveland-area artists. Exhibit was curated by Liz Maugans and is on display at MOCA Cleveland from June 2 - September 17, 2017, as part of a larger exhibition titled Constant as the Sun.
Past Events (2017):
Guitarist Hilary Field performs Dorian Gray
Date: Saturday, January 14 - Sunday, January 15, 2017
Location: SPACES Gallery's new location, Van Rooy Coffee Building, 2900 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113
Time: 6 pm - midnight, 1/14/17; noon - 5 pm, 1/15/17
I'm thrilled to unveil my audio installation Blue Light Special at SPACES Gallery's grand opening of their new locale in the Van Rooy Coffee Building! Saturday's event (1/14) is ticketed while admission is free on Sunday 1/15. You can also download the press release for these events here.
Past Events (2016):
Title: Community Jam Session with the Quiet Trance Ensemble, featuring Daniel Gray-Kontar
Date: September 17, 2016
Location: SPACES Gallery
Time: 8:00 pm
Admission: Free; bring a noise making device of your choosing and be ready to make music!
The Quiet Trance Ensemble, led by myself, is a contemporary music group devoted to performances of contemplative, subtle music which takes risks and challenges listeners. A combination of local experimental/electronic musicians plus musicians who specialize in performing new music, the QTE embraces a wide creative spectrum, from free improvisation to performing intricate, fully notated works of contemporary music.
QTE hosts its first ‘community jam session,’ free for anyone to attend. The only requirements: to bring a found object or two that is capable of making interesting sounds (this could be anything), to bring an open mind, and be willing to engage openly in the improvisational process with the ensemble’s musicians. Also included on the concert are two premieres: my Tabletop Neumes and my String Quartet No. 2.
Local poet and community activist Daniel Gray-Kontar will lead discussions on a variety of issues, using participants’ personal noisemakers as a starting point for open conversations about ‘found history,’ family, neighborhood, and other topics of community. In this way, QTE and Gray-Kontar aspire to use music and open dialogue as a hammer, an agent of positive social change.
Info on inaugural performance by the Quiet Trance Ensemble at SPACES Gallery, 9/17/16: http://www.spacesgallery.org/events/community-jam-session-with-the-quiet-trance-ensemble-featuring-daniel-gray-kontar-09-17-2016
Pianist Brianna Matzke premiered my work The Slow Waltzes on 6/12/16 at the BOP STOP, Cleveland, OH: http://www.themusicsettlement.org/calendar/2016/06/12/matzke-premieres-piano-music-by-auerbach-brown-bop-stop
I organized and participated in performances of music by Mark Mothersbaugh at MOCA Cleveland, OH on 5/27/16: http://www.mocacleveland.org/exhibitions/mark-mothersbaugh-myopia