Seven Courses of Sound

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When and Where:
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
at Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis

615 W. 43rd St., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Thin Air
Thin Air, Pam Blevins Hinkle, Sally Childs-Helton, Dianna Davis, Liz Flaten Efroymson Brooks, Shannon McGuire

$10 (or $5 with donation of cookware/kitchen utensil), free for ages 12 and under

Event Description:

The clang of pans, the kitchen timer, the whisk in the bowl (surely there's no better name than "whisk" for that sound), the whrrr! of electric appliances...the kitchen is filled with implements and instruments for music-making.

Thin Air will combine these sounds with more traditional musical sounds (cello, violin, piano, flute, clarinet, percussion, accordion, piano, voice, and more) to create a smorgasbord of spontaneous music, created by both performers and audience.

The frame for the performance will follow that of a seven course meal. The audience will be seated at tables and there will be opportunities for participation (no food will be served). Here are examples of how this might play out:

  • An improvisation on Bundt pans during the dessert course.
  • An improvisation on wine/water glasses with different liquid levels.
  • We'll ask the audience about the "mood" of chocolate (i.e., velvety, smooth, rich) and improvise that mood on traditional instruments.
  • We'll invite kids to invent/perform a song with us.
  • An improvisation with the audience using water bottles (instructing different sections to drink different amounts to change the pitch).
  • A vocal improvisation on the sounds of coffee (steaming milk, grinding coffee, drinking coffee, ordering coffee, etc.)
  • We'll lead a piece with the audience using tableware.
  • We'll have the audience select the "ingredients" (instruments/cookware) and we'll make a new "dish" (music) from their choices.

Audience members will receive half-price off the adult ticket price (kids are free) if they bring cookware/utensils for donation. These will be donated to various social service institutions on the near east side to help those who are homeless or facing re-entry after release from prison.