Garrett Fisher & Paul Rucker Perform Collaborative Piece
By Jess Van Nostrand
Friday November 4, 7-8:30pm:
Suite for Cello, Harmonium & Percussion
Garrett Fisher (hamonium) and Paul Rucker (cello) with special guest Dean Moore (percussion) perform a new piece as the result of their studio time together in The Project Room.
Garrett Fisher and Paul Rucker had never worked together before they were introduced for this fall’s Authorship Experiment, and yet they were eager to explore the musical possibilities when collaborating their vastly different styles and techniques. After an open studio rehearsal on Saturday October 29, the two settled on a format for their public presentation and invited percussionist Dean Moore to join them. On Friday, November 4, we will hear the results.
Garrett Fisher: Garrett Fisher is the Artistic Director of the Fisher Ensemble, a Seattle-based collective. Since 1994, Garrett has created ten music-theater pieces which weave ritual and myth to bridge ancient and modern forms. Fisher’s music is considered “a strong, unified and strikingly individual utterance of unambiguous beauty” (New York Times). His piece Kocho was recently produced by Beth Morrison Projects at New York’s Galapagos Space. He was a recipient of a Seattle Magazine‘s 2011 Artist Spotlight Award. Above Photo by Paul Joseph Brown
Paul Rucker: Paul Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist: cellist, bassist, composer, and visual artist known for his innovative performances and installations. He finds inventive ways to integrate live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. The music he creates on cello involves extended technique, prepared cello and electronics. His visual artwork incorporates infrared beams, lasers, touch pads, glass, sound, video, photography, animation, and large-format printing.
Paul has received numerous grants for the creation of visual art and music from 4Culture, Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, South Carolina Arts Commission, Washington State Arts Commission, King County Site Specific, Photo Center NW, and Artist Trust. Rucker has created public artwork for the Museum of Flight in Seattle, 4Culture, and the City of Tacoma.
He has also been awarded residencies to Blue Mountain Center, Ucross Foundation, Art OMI, Banff Centre, Pilchuck Glass School, and the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy. Rucker was named Best Emerging Artist of 2004 from Earshot, 2005 Jazz Artist of the Year from the Seattle Music Awards, and Outside Jazz Ensemble of the Year in 2008. He was invited by legendary filmmaker David Lynch to perform for the opening of Lynch’s film, Inland Empire.