Friday May 23rd, 7-9 p.m., Artistree, Route 12, Woodstock
Inspired by Henri Matisse cut out book titled “Jazz.” Renowned pianist Chris Bakriges and Violinist Stanley Chepaitis, Chair of the Indiana University String Department, will play Chris ‘ original composition “The Matisse Project.”
Join in the listening room for this rare performance by two exceptional jazz musicians.
FIDDLE FUNK: THE MATISSE PROJECT
In 1941 the artist Henri Matisse found himself ill, bedridden, and unable to pick up a paint brush. He found, however, that he could maneuver scissors through prepared sheets of brightly colored paper. He referred to this technique as “painting with scissors.” Among his first adventures with paper cutouts was a book called Jazz, which Matisse prepared in 1942 and published in 1947. The book containing twenty color plates as well as his written thoughts was initially only printed in a hundred copies. Matisse viewed jazz as a “chromatic and rhythmic improvisation.” The title Jazz evoked for Matisse the idea of a structure of rhythm and repetition broken by the unexpected action of improvisations. He wrote, “There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience.”
Both the text and the cut outs inspired the musicians to make what they refer to as musical reflections on Matisse’s work. Matisse used the energy of a still young musical idiom called jazz in enticing the art world to “teach the eye to hear.”
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