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Beau Kenyon, Discusses “the SOUND” (Leading Voices Speaker Series)

Composer and Sound Artist in Residence at the Northeastern Center for the Arts, Beau Kenyon, presents his current work the SOUND, a 3-movement interdisciplinary sound, sculpture, and movement installation located in seven Boston neighborhoods (August – November 2018). This complex work explores how interdisciplinary and cross-organizational collaboration can inform the structure and content of his art practice while generating connections between artists, organizations, and members of the community. Please join Kenyon for a discussion of process, form, and collaboration through the lens of this most recent work.

About the SOUND: Calling upon the tree as a metaphor for family identity and water as a symbol for migration and connection, the SOUND explores the perspectives of young adult immigrants in a three-movement piece {if trees were water, from roots grew branches, and of hope extending}. Each movement, taking the form of an interdisciplinary installation of  sound, sculpture, and movement, works together to convey a single story of family, hope, and success and is installed in seven of the city’s neighborhoods: Back Bay, Chinatown, Dorchester, Fenway, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and West Roxbury.

This performance was created through a Creative City grant from NEFA, a grant that enables artists to create new projects for the public realm through civic engagement with residents of Boston, in collaboration with the exhibition Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace.

The Leading Voices speaker series brings practitioners and scholars at the forefront of their fields to campus to discuss their work and experiences in music. Visit the Department of Music events calendar for more info and upcoming Leading Voices speaker series events, which take place select Thursdays 3-4:30pm.