On Saturday May 19, During Art-A Whirl comes a new project from composer and artist Chris Strouth and his group Paris1919. The piece is called “…For Now” and is premiering St. Boniface Catholic Churchright in the heart of the Arts district. This isn’t a religious service rather it is the kick off of a promising new series called “Avant Music in Churches” presented by UltraModern and Drone Not Drones creator Luke Heiken with a big assist by Scott Nieman and DubNemo ,that will be present new musical works of challenging varieties in beautiful spaces.
“… For Now” is a live musical performance piece using bleeding edge projection technologies and digital manipulations. The music is performed by Paris1919, a whose who of Midwestern Avant players featuring McKnight wining composer Michael Croswell, Cellist and multi award winner Randall Davidson, Boiled In Lead mainstay and musical historian Drew Miller, Tim Ritter former Astronaut Wife, Shapeshifter, Passage, Bella Koshka just to name a few, master guitarist Mykl Westbrooks, as well as Strouth himself. Along for the musical ride is a choir lead by master of Eastern European singing Natalie Nowytski, Savage Aural Hotbed’s ‘s Mark Black, and Indy Japanese rocker Mark Sovari, and a sound engineered by the supreme genius of audio, the one the only Mr. David J Russ.
The visuals are from Tony Biele whose work has been seen around the world from raves in Goa, to Convention Centers across the US, and has has a long time collaborator of Dr. Strouth’s. He is joined in a unique collaboration with the highly celebrated painter Nicholas Harper (Rouge Buddha)
As to what it is about Strouth describes it thusly “We live in a weird time, a time when for a lot of people, nothing feels quite right: violence, politics, and trust issues with any number of authorities its a time of angsty chaos, this is just my small way to call to the universe for mercy, peace or at least bit more understating and compassion. A not so silent prayer to try and find peace and beauty in turbulent times, because in the end its times like these that truly define who we are, and what we will become”
This is a one of a kind piece and promises not to be missed. As soon as the outdoor festivities of Art-A-Whirl (Official) come to a close, comes this amazing experience to close out your night, while this may be in a church, but it’s not religious. Just a beautiful space to listen to beautiful music
Oh and its Free!
A new work by Paris1919
Directed by Chris Strouth
Chris Strouth is something of a musical Renaissance man. A longtime fixture on the Twin Cities music scene, for three decades he has been playing music, composing, writing, making films and producing recordings, in a bewildering variety of projects.
In one famous episode, Strouth even directed an opera, in which he floated soprano Maria Jette down the Mississippi river in a barge covered by her capacious dress, to the strains of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
Never a man to sit still, Strouth’s latest project typically breaks new artistic territory…