New Art / New Music at the Rice University Gallery

New Art / New Music, an ongoing program, is now in its fifth consecutive year. It has offered students the opportunity to design programs that connect with installations in the gallery. Shepherd students play contemporary music and our composers write music just for these events. Since its inception in the fall of 2010, the program has presented many premiers of student works. The Gallery arranges for student organizers to meet the artists and provides post concert receptions.

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
This spring, New Art New Music presents an eclectic program of music to complement the installation The Great Cape Rinderhorn by Thorsten Brinkman. Described by the artist as a “decaying palace”, the installation presents a showcase of odd opulence through the use of discarded objects integrated into depictions symbolizing royalty and and nobility from times past. Music by Luciano Berio and John Cage are featured alongside recent compositions by Shepherd student composers Benjamin Morris and Clare Glackin:

Duetti per due violin by Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Bric-a-Brac for Trumpet, Percussion and Double Bass by Benjamin Morris (b.1993)
Sequenza III by Luciano Berio
Four Creatures of the Middle Ages by Clare Glakin (b. 1993)
Io Parto by Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613) arranged for five celli by Daniel Poceta
Living Room Music by John Cage (1912-1992)

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
This fall, New Art New Music presents a program of music to complement the powerful installation Intersections, by Pakistani-American artist Anila Agha. Her work, an intricately laser-cut box of wood suspended from the ceiling of the gallery, permeates the space with its cast shadows from a light inside the box. The utterly beautiful designs cut in the box are reflective of geometric patterns and ornamentation found in Islamic art and mosques. Her interactive work, inherently religious in inspiration provides a space open to all to reflect on the all-encompassing power of beauty and spirituality. Our program echoes the spirituality and inclusivity of the art. Opening with the meditative and introspective Fratres, by Arvo Pärt, the concert is followed by a work from The Shepherd School’s own Ben Morris, MM ’17, entitled Muqarnas Projections, for three violins. The concert continues with a string quartet The Named Angels by Arab-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, whose work is also influenced by Islam, as well as Middle-Eastern folklore. Finally, the program concludes with a work by a Shepherd School faculty member, Karim Al-Zand. His piece, Studies in Nature is for harp, viola, and flute. It is contemplation on the marriage of art and science, directly influenced by remarkably aesthetic color plates of organisms in intricate detail.


February 21, 2015
Inspired by Shotgun, Atelier Bow-Wow + Jesùs Vassallo + Students from the Rice School of Architecture

Five (1988) - John Cage (1912-92)
Our Simple, Spacious Envelope (2014; premiere) - Nigel Deane (b. 1993) 48 Objects (2005) - Mark Applebaum (b. 1967)
Camelback (2015; premiere) - Brendan McMullen (b. 1994)
4’33” (1952) - John Cage

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