Viscous Circle

Performance with Eyvind Kang and Jessika Kenney

Thursday, December 3, 2015
8:00 – 9:00 pm

A set of compositions for an ensemble of 10–15 players who are simultaneously instrumentalists and vocalists.

Commissioned by the Frye Art Museum and funded by the Frye Foundation and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.

Frye Art Museum featured Eyvind Kang in Mw [Moment Magnitude], 2012 and presented a solo exhibition of work by Jessika Kenney in Anchor Zero, 2015.

About the artists

Eyvind Kang is a composer and violist. He has released dozens of albums of original music, including The Narrow Garden (Ipecac) and Visible Breath (Ideologic Organ). Eyvind often performs with vocalist/composer Jessika Kenney in many contexts, including their works of austere beauty Aestuarium and The Face of the Earth (Ideologic Organ 2011/12). As a violist he has worked extensively with Laurie Anderson and Bill Frisell, as well as presented works by Christian Wolff, Giacinto Scelsi, Satyajit Ray and Hanne Darboven. He has also been a guest musician and arranger on hundreds of albums, including those by Sunn O))), Blonde Redhead, and Glass Candy.

Jessika Kenney is a composer and singer renowned for the different musical forms she has integrated into a distinct style. Her reverence for, and interpretations of South East Asian and Persian vocal traditions have formed the basis for her main improvisational work. Simultaneously, an ongoing series of collaborations with composer and violist Eyvind Kang, as well as several projects shared with experimental metal groups such as Sunn O))) and ASVA, have her embracing the avant-garde audience. In 2009 she debuted Atria at Cornell, a work that combines the texts of spiritual teacher Ibn Muhyiddin Arabi, the Sufi poets Farid Uddin Attar and Mowlana Rumi, and the Indonesian ruler Mangkunegara IV.

Photo: Frank Schmitt