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"Notes from Clyfford Still" is a new commission by Playground Ensemble, and a companion piece to composer Nathan Hall's recent collaborative workshops and performances at the Clyfford Still Museum. This work uses texts and quotes from the painter's personal notebooks and correspondence. It paints a musical portrait of the artist, showing not only his unrelentingly independent pursuit of his art, but also moments of uncertainty, introspection, and tenderness. This concert will also feature chamber music pieces with electronics, written by several composers and performers in Playground Ensemble.
Nathan Hall uses music as an artistic medium to explore a variety of fields including science, nature, the fine arts, history, and sexuality. Originally from Western NY, Nathan Hall is a former Fulbright Fellow to Iceland, and holds his Doctorate in Musical Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder. In 2015 he was the Denver Art Museum’s first Creative in Residence.
Image includes photo of Clyfford Still © and courtesy Clyfford Still Archives.