Dates: Wednesday through Sunday, October 5-9, 2016
Times: Wed 5-8 pm; Thu 3-6:30 pm; Fri, Sat, Sun 2-6 pm
Out of the Frame (2016) is an interactive installation on Ophelia, the young girl portrayed 2012 US Poet Laureate, Natasha Tretheway’s poetry collection, Bellocq’s Ophelia (2002, Graywolf Press). Music and video are drawn from Everett’s 2008 opera, Ophelia’s Gaze for soprano, string quartet, and interactive audio-video. The work is a narrative sequence of tableau vivant in which viewers are asked to engage with the imagined thoughts and perceptions of a young mixed-race prostitute in the Storyville section of New Orleans in 1912.
Steve Everett is Dean of the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, he was Professor of Music and Director of the Music-Audio Research Center at Emory University. He has been a visiting professor of composition at Princeton University, Eastman School of Music, Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Switzerland, and Rotterdam Conservatory of Music.
His compositions often involve computer-controlled electronics and have been performed at IRCAM and Radio France in Paris, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Cologne, Vienna, Singapore, Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, Melbourne, and Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York.
He has been a research fellow at the Rockefeller Study Center and Liguria Foundation in Italy. He has received composition awards from the NSF/NASA, Asian Cultural Council, Chamber Music America, American Composers Forum, and International Trumpet Guild. He received the Mayor’s Fellowship in the Arts, the City of Atlanta’s highest recognition of artistic achievement. He was artistic director of Thamyris New Music Ensemble in Atlanta for 18 years. He studied composition with Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Witold Lutosławski in England and with Salvatore Martirano at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The 2016 Ear Taxi Festival – October 5-10, 2016 – is a celebration of Chicago’s thriving contemporary music scene with concerts, lectures, marathons, webcasts and artist receptions featuring New Music Chicago and New Music USA. Co-curated by Augusta Read Thomas, conductor Stephen Burns, and a curatorial committee of Chicago’s leading artists and intellectuals the festival is a joy-ride through Chicago’s new music scene.