by Mike Breen
Musician Joe Hedges teams with artist Jiemei Lin for unique performance/music/art piece
Singer/songwriter/musician Joe Hedges — known for work
with his band July for Kings, as well as some great solo ventures — is
collaborating with visual artist Jiemei Lin tonight at
downtown’s Contemporary Arts Center as part of the museum’s
series, "The Living Room." (Hedges is also a visual artist, creating
paintings, web art and installations.)
The twosome’s project, “Scroll Improvisation,” features
Hedges creating music on the fly with a mix of live and recorded
material, while Lin crafts a large “scroll drawing” on the floor.
According to the press release, “The piece will investigate the function
and history of narrative Chinese scrolls in a contemporary fashion
while exploring the idea of the western living room as a venue for
improvisational ambient and Folk music.” (Lin is a native of China.)
More from the CAC: "In the west, the living room has long
been a venue for intimate performances of music for family and friends
using inexpensive hand-held instruments. Traditional Chinese living
rooms contain a scroll featuring calligraphy and painting. Both western
acoustic music and eastern paper scrolls tell stories, reinforce family
identities and values. Scroll Improvisation investigates the
relationship of music and art, narrative quality of Chinese scrolls,
notation and recording, cultural identity and control."
Monday’s special performance begins at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit contemporaryartscenter.org.
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Since 1997, July for Kings has surged forward amidst several lineup changes. 'Swim' was their national debut for MCA Records in 2002. They toured with Muse, Counting Crows, The Calling and more. After MCA folded, 'Nostalgia' was released on singer/songwriter Joe Hedges' Indie label and in its first week became the top-purchased album on CDBaby.com. Middletown natives Hedges and Dan McQuinn remain from the earlier days.