For three performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, Clifford Ross will present his "Immersive Harmonium Video." This immersive video will be projected inside the century-old archway below the Manhattan Bridge with live collaborative music performance by Taikoza, the renowned Japanese drum group. A site-specific work, the colorful, dramatic digital imagery contrasts with its setting and harmonizes with the music. Together, Ross and Taikoza have created a unique and ecstatic experience for the public.
The "Immersive Harmonium Video" continues multi-media artist Clifford Ross' seven-year journey to create an imaginative, abstract world based on his deep observation and love of nature. His first finished work in the series, "Harmonium Mountain I," is a 5'30" computer animated video with an original score by Phillip Glass, which was commissioned for the Santa Fe Biennale in 2010. A long-form silent "Harmonium Mountain" video was shown outdoors in Milan in 2011. In 2012, Ross collaborated with composer/musician Wu Tong on a live performance at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. "Harmonium" imagery has also formed the basis for his 28' x 28' stained glass wall in the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Clifford Ross began his career as a painter and sculptor after graduating from Yale in 1974. In 1995, he turned his attention toward photography and other media. Clifford invented and patented the "R1" camera in 2002 and made some of the highest resolution, large-scale landscapes in the world. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others.
Experience the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Japanese Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Hear the 150 lb. Taiko drum give thunderous voice to traditional and new compositions. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that's exactly what Taikoza brings. Big drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. With colorful traditional costumes and dynamic motion, Taikoza's shows are immensely popular with audiences of all ages. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of traditional instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates the shakuhachi and the fue (both bamboo flutes) and colorful dances. The group has toured internationally and has appeared on ESPN, NBC, History Channel, etc. They have performed at Symphony Space, Madison Square Garden and Hammerstein Ballroom and Taikoza's music is featured on Nintendo's wii game: Red Steel. Their CD titled Beginnings was nominated for best Ethnic music and is available on their website.