Abstract Series 71 – THE ANCIENT LANGUAGE OF SOUNDS AND SIGNS Part 1, a set on Flickr.
Abstract Series 72 – THE ANCIENT LANGUAGE OF SOUNDS AND SIGNS Part 2, a set on Flickr.
Abstract Series 73 – THE ANCIENT LANGUAGE OF SOUNDS AND SIGNS Part 3, a set on Flickr.
Look for Tracy’s Choice! – 30 of the best photographs in the three-part Abstract Series – AS71,AS72 & AS73.
THE ANCIENT LANGUAGE OF SOUNDS AND SIGNS
April 27th, 2010
725 Harrison Avenue, Suite One
Boston MA 02118
A very special evening of improvised music and dance featuring musicians Haggai Cohen Milo (bass) and Amir Milstein (flute) and movement artists Olivier Besson, Ellen Godena and Liz Roncka.
THE ANCIENT LANGUAGE OF SOUNDS AND SIGNS was the first performance I photographed at Mobius – http://bit.ly/mfV6dH a non-profit, artist-run organization, whose mission is to generate, shape and test experimental art. Prior to the gig, I didn’t know what to expect, as I was not familiar with the institution but had heard great things about it.
I was not disappointed, that evening Liz Roncka and her colleagues delivered a stunning performance, the venue, the music, the costumes, the dance all came together in a unique experience that drew you into the artist’s space where each element of their performance was balanced, complementary and harmonious. Watching and listening to the exhibition drew the audience into a sense of peace, slowly, choreographed carefully to very pleasantly transition you in and out. I loved it!
Photographing the event was also a real pleasure and added an additional dimension to the show I didn’t expect. I was able, very comfortably to immerse my “mechanical eye” into the artists performance and explore the intimacy of their every move. I was able to capture moments colour, movement, expression and light, like I had not done since my shoot at the Atelier Isis Osiris in Lugano, Switzerland – http://bit.ly/kOQcRP
I have gone back to shoot at Mobius since then, but the first time remains inbreeded in my memory as if it were yesterday.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing THE 2011 MOBIUS WEARABLE ART RUNWAY SHOW where Liz Roncka featured a fabulous inflatable dress, and a number of artists featured their unique designs, you can see those images here:
Abstract Series 139 – The 2011 Mobius Wearable Art Runway Show Part 1- http://bit.ly/myuHTV
Abstract Series 140 – The 2011 Mobius Wearable Art Runway Show Part 2 – http://bit.ly/kQeAzE
Abstract Series 141 – The 2011 Mobius Wearable Art – Liz Roncka – http://bit.ly/joZmyQ
SEE THE VIDEO! – http://animoto.com/play/nnBVnjO3NthpHUpeolqBMw
Olivier Besson – Movement Artist – is an improvisational movement artist who hails from France and is based in Boston. In the period from 1980 until the mid 90’s, Olivier studied Contact Improvisation with Robin Feld, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson and Andrew Harwood, and Improvisation / Real Time composition with Daniel Lepkoff and Julyen Hamilton. During that time, he also practiced and performed Bugaku (Court dance from Japan) with Arawana Hayashi. Other training includes Butoh with Maureen Feming and Action Theater with Ruth Zaporah.
Most notably, Olivier’s work has been presented: *in the US – at Dance Theatre Workshop (NYC), Judson Church (NYC), New York Improvisation festival, Walker Art Centre (Minneapolis), Boston Dance Umbrella, Florida Dance Festival, Dance Place (Washington DC), The Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Radford University (Virginia), *and internationally – at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), Die Pratze (Tokyo), Art of Movement Festival (Yaroslav, Russia), Micadanses (Paris) and with Compagnie Vertige (Nice, France). He has collaborated with many individuals including Chris Aiken, Lisa Schmidt, Debra Bluth, Ming-Shen Ku, Pamela Newell, Toshiko Oiwa and musicians/composers Mike Vargas, Peter Jones, Jane Wang and Grant Smith. Locally, he has guest danced for Dawn Kramer, Micki Taylor-Pinney and Diane Noya. His ongoing performance projects involve collaborations with Liz Roncka in Boston and Emmanuelle Pepin in Nice (France) .
Olivier is currently on faculty at The Boston Conservatory (dance division). He has been on faculty at Canal Danse (Paris), the French National Circus School (CNAC), Bates Dance Festival, Emerson College and the School of Fine Arts at Boston Universtity. He has taught residencies at the National Institute of the Arts (Taipei, Taiwan), Le Centre Choregraphique de Danse / Daniel Larieu (Tours, France), the University of Minnesota, and Radford University (Virginia). He has also taught masterclasses for teen / pre-teen programs at Walnut Hill, Cambridge School of Weston, Jeanette Neil Dance Studios, Brookline High and Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
Haggai Cohen Milo – At the young age of 25, bass player and composer Haggai Cohen Milo is already a known name in the international music scene. Mr. Cohen Milo, currently operating from Berkeley, CA, brings exotic flavors to his music from his native middle east country, Israel. In both his compositions and in his playing, there is a contemporary mix of sound between East and West. His group the Secret Music Project, that features his personal musical sound and vision, has performed in some of the most important festivals around the world including the Aspen Music Festival, the Atlantic Jazz Festival (Canada), Boston First Night and many more.
Mr. Cohen-Milo first gained international recognition when he won the First Prize in the International Ensemble Competition in Belgium 2006. In the same year, Cohen Milo was also awarded the DownBeat Magazine Music Awards and the grand prize at the Fish Middleton Jazz Soloist Competition held in Washington, DC.
As a Composer, Cohen Milo has composed the score for two full enough feature films, Intimate Enemies (2008), by the internationally known Mexican director Fernando Sariñana and SPAM (2009) by the director Charlie Gore. Cohen Milo released his debut album in January 2007 under the prestigious record label “Fresh Sound – New Talent”. The album received enthusiastic reviews in the US and in Europe. Cohen Milo also recorded with different artists for Warner Music, Sunnyside Records and more.
With a fast growing touring career, Cohen Milo has already performed on some of the most important stages around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Birdland (New York), Getxo International Jazz Festival (Spain), The Jazz Station (Belgium) and Rome Music Festival (Italy), to name a few.
Cohen Milo graduated in 2009 from the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with such masters as Danilo Perez, Bob Moses, Jamey Hadad and Jerry Bergonzi.
“… Haggai Cohen Milo revealed over a set of ridiculously infectious music that he’s in the soul restoration business. Yessiree. He is!” (Graham Pilsworth, “The Coast”, Canada)
Amir Milstein – Flutist and composer – is a graduate of the “Rubin Academy of Music” in Jerusalem (B.M. in jazz and classical flute), and the New England Conservatory (Masters degree in music performance, 2010) Amir established his career in the world-music scene founding acknowledged ensembles such as Bustan Abraham and Tucan Trio with which he has recorded and performed worldwide.
His musical background represents a variety of styles and cultures including classical, jazz, Mediterranean and Latin. He has collaborated with artists such as Zakir Hussein, Tito Puente, Ross Daly, Omar Farouk Tekbilek and Armando Macedo, among others and has participated in distinguished concert venues and festivals, both as a player and a composer.
He has collaborated with several choreographers, with whom he has composed for modern and flamenco dance groups and has composed and recorded several film scores. (His recent work on the documentary film “The Case for Israel- Democracy’s Outpost” is currently presented at film festivals worldwide). Amir played in musical shows in the Israeli television and has collaborated and recorded numerous albums with Israel’s leading artists, such as Matti Caspi, Shlomo Gronich, Gidi Gov, Miki Gavrielov, Leah Shabbat, and many others.
With over twenty years of experience teaching flute, recorders and music theory, Amir developed a unique musical education program and has instructed at the “Karev Music Educational Program” in Israel. He currently teaches at the New England Conservatory, Boston, and has lectured and presented workshops at music schools such as the Berklee College of music, Boston and Berkeley University, CA. Before moving to Boston, in 2004 Amir was also a faculty member at the “Hed College of Contemporary Music” in Tel Aviv, Israel. Amir presents an interactive workshop for schools and colleges called: “A World of Flutes”- Introducing the evolution of woodwinds through live music, stories, and a demonstration of over 80 musical instruments.
Ellen Godena – Movement Artist – is an experimental performer, choreographer, and Mobius Artists Group member, designer and mode creator. these quality work boots 2016, show the truth. Her recent work has focused on the relationships between human, non-human (organic), and machine (non-organic) movement as a method for studying human development. Recent solo and collaborative works have been quests to define these relationships through the use of primitive, robotic entities in performance.
Ellen’s training, artistic influences and inspiration derive from the study of Japanese avant-garde movement and theater forms that have developed since the early 1960’s, primarily the butoh dances created by Japanese artists Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata, physical theater, and contemporary dance. Since 1998, she has performed solo, group, and ensemble work in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, and New York City. She was a former dancer with the Boston-based Kitsune Dance Theater (2003-06) under the direction of Deborah Butler, and the NYC post-modern butoh troupe, the Vangeline Theater (2006-08) under the direction of Vangeline. She has performed with Master butoh artist Katsura Kan (Curious Fish, 2002, 2008), and has studied with internationally recognized artists such as Zack Fuller, Hiroko Tamano, Su-En, Diego Pinon, and Katsura Kan. Her primary, long-term training has been with American artists Deborah Butler, Vangeline, and Jennifer Hicks. Currently, Ellen is presenting solo robotics – movement projects in addition to performing regularly with Liz Roncka’s Real-Time Performance Project in Boston, MA. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in Studio Painting (1997), and a Master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University (2005).
Liz Roncka – Movement Artist – is an avid practitioner of movement improvisation and contemporary dance. She is the director of lizroncka/Real-Time Performance Project,a Mobius Artists Group member and a collaborating artist with Emma Jupe, a Paris-based improvisation collective. Her work has been presented in Boston, NYC, San Francisco, Budapest and Paris.
Liz’s early training was in the tradition of classical ballet at the School of the New Bedford Ballet. In college, Liz’s focus shifted toward contemporary dance and improvisation. She was a member of the Dance Collective of Boston from 1998-2005. Liz has had the pleasure of performing modern dance and improvisational work under the direction of: Ramelle Adams, Emily Beattie, Ruth Benson-Levin, Debra Bluth, Alissa Cardone, Sean Curran,Ellen Godena, Andrew Harwood, Michael Jahoda/White Box Project, Dawn Kramer, Light Motion, Karen Murphy-Fitch and Micki Taylor-Pinney.
Much of Liz’s work is developed in deep collaboration with sound artists, most notably Jane Wang, Haggai Cohen Milo, Jessyka Luzzi, Sean Frenette and Akili Jamal Haynes. Current projects include an improvisational duo with Forbes Graham (trumpet) and an collaboration with Philippe Lejeune (visual artist) developing a movement piece within a glass installation exploring the intersection of reality and reflected images. For more information please see: