IMA Presents Nick Hennies: Psalms in Tara Donovan: Untitled

If you haven’t been to see the Tara Donovan exhibit at the IMA, GO NOW! An amazing maze of large scale installations, Tara Donovan: Untitled can only be likened to staring at a night sky full of stars. The feeling of smallness next to something so big, so infinite is a truly moving experience to have in the Indianapolis art galleries of the IMA. All Indianapolis people should experience this temporary exhibit. Here is one more great reason to see Donovan’s work at the Indianapolis Museum of Art event: Nick Hennies performance of Psalms Saturday, July 31, 2010. With two performances on Saturday at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, this Indianapolis music event was born from inspiration of Donovan’s work. Don’t miss a collision of Indianapolis art and music this weekend at the IMA.

When Indianapolis musician Nick Hennies experienced Tara Donovan: Untitled, he was so overwhelmed that he could only express his understanding of her art through his own musical composition. Join IMA staff and guests in the Clowes Gallery Wood Pavilion to enjoy the sounds of percussionist and composer, Nick Hennies as he performs music from his forth coming album Psalms, as well as as Objects, a new work dedicated to the exhibition of Tara Donovan: Untitled and composed especially for this installation. Drawing connections to Donovan’s work, Hennie’s piece makes seemingly familiar sounds become strange and new.

Objects is a thirty minute percussion solo for wooden and skinned instruments. Hennies deepens and expands the traditional timbres with the addition of a vibraphone. Hennies seeks to explore the sonic capabilities of common percussion instruments. In Objects, he focuses on subtle changes in pitch and overtones, as opposed to the exploration of echoes and resonance in his other work. Through their relationship with the vibraphone, the drums and wooden instruments slowly “grow” over the course of the piece. The composition, which was composed expressly for the IMA’s exhibition of Tara Donovan’s work, makes it world premiere performance this weekend.

Also, enjoy selections from Nick Hennies forthcoming album Psalms, inspired by two pieces. In 2001, he composed a vibraphone solo wherein random changes in resonance occur  via consistency in striking location. This in addition to Alvin Lucier’s “Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra” where changes in timbre and resonance occur via variation in striking location, dampening and rate of attack, inspired Hennies newest collection of work. Psalms are compositions that emerged through repeat performances, where structure, duration and form were slowly determined over time rather than the usual method of composing first and performing later.

Based out of Austin, Texas, Nick Hennies is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. In his music, he works to redefine and re-purpose the role of traditional percussion instruments through repetition, meditation and immersion. He received his Masters Degree in percussion from the University of California in San Diego in 2003, where he studied under the world renowned percussionist Steven Schick. He currently performs with several music groups including The Weird Weeds, Waco Girls and the Austin New Music Co-op.

Hennies has traveled the United States, collaborating with numerous composers including Arnold Dreyblatt, Radu Malfatti, Jandek, Charles Curtis, Ellen Fullman, Michael Pisaro and others. Now he lands at this Indianapolis museum ready to share his musical outlook with Hoosiers. Admission to his upcoming performance of Psalms and Objects is included in the price of admission to Tara Donovan: Untitled.  Don’t miss this collision of Indianapolis culture at the IMA on Saturday, July 31, 2010.

Afterward, head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village, for a bite to eat. Check out the numerous Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars serving up varied cuisine. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the Circle City your playground!

Nick Hennies: Psalms
Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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