Heights Arts Exhibition ‘Sound and Vision’ Focuses on Unusual Musical Instruments

Fri 9/1 @ 6-9PM

Chris Auerbach-Brown is a composer, performer and sound artist. That situates him perfectly to curate Heights Arts’ fall exhibition, titled Sound and Vision, a display of non-traditional musical instruments.

The exhibit includes instruments that were created or owned by both local and non-local musicians and instrument builders, including everything from a hand-painted cello to sui generis electronic/synthesizer instruments. Among the contributors are Brad Bolton, Anne Cole, Bbob Drake, Mike Hovancsek, Walt Mahovlich, David Russell Stempowski, and Karl Vorndran.

“For hundreds of years, musical instruments have been designed to please both the eye and the ear,” says Auerbach-Brown in the event’s press release. “Instruments such as violins and celli, woodwind and brass instruments, and keyboard instruments like the piano and pipe organ, have been created for both immaculate sound production and overall visual appeal.

“The 20th century saw an expansion of the definition of the term ‘musical instrument’ to include more radical and experimental designs incorporating new, unusual and even dangerous components,” he adds. “Inventions such as the telharmonium, fire organ and synthesizer; innovations in audio recording technology; and the embracing of the concept that music can be created with any object at hand have greatly expanded concepts of what defines music, how music is performed, and how it is preserved for posterity.”

The exhibit opens with a free public reception Fri 9/1 @ 6-9pm and will remain on display at the Heights Arts Gallery through Sun 10/15.



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