Boundary-defying producer Liquid Music, led by “rare initiative presenter” (Star Tribune) Kate Nordstrum, announces Sun Dogs – an ongoing series bringing together pairs of inspired composers and filmmakers to create short films with new music for live orchestra (10-15′ in length). The first three offerings – featuring works by Daniel Wohl, Arooj Aftab, Josephine Decker, Rafiq Bhatia, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Devonté Hynes, Mati Diop and Manon Lutanie – will premiere with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) in six performances at the Music Hall on October 14. -16, led by CSO Creative Partner Matthias Pintscher in partnership with the FotoFocus Biennale 2022.
Typically, a composer responds to a director’s imagery and ideas as part of a film score, or a director is given a song to respond to for a music video, but Sun Dogs explores how stories can be told , both musically and visually, on an equal footing. . A “solar dog” is an atmospheric optical phenomenon produced by refracted light, allowing the viewer to briefly see another realm. This series examines the limits and possibilities of our senses in the natural world.
“Composers and filmmakers often interact in certain prescribed ways, and I’ve always thought there are exciting and as yet undiscovered, non-traditional approaches to bringing these artists together,” said Sun Dogs composer and co-producer Daniel Wohl. . “This program is an incredible opportunity to explore that with the limitless sonic possibilities and world-class artistry of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.”
The premiere of Sun Dogs merges a myriad of groundbreaking creators and new collaborators. “Electroacoustic music wizard” (NPR) composer Daniel Wohl and recent Hindustani minimalist semi-classical composer/singer Arooj Aftab team up with the filmmaker to usher in a “new grammar of storytelling” (The New Yorker) Josephine Decker. Guitarist, composer, producer and sound artist Rafiq Bhatia – “one of the most intriguing figures in music today” (The New York Times) – teams up with the internationally acclaimed Thai director who “knows how finding the strange visual in the mundane” (The New Yorker) Apichatpong Weerasethakul, recognized as an original voice in contemporary cinema. “Musician polymath” (The New York Times) Devonté Hynes (best known for her project Blood Orange) collaborates with French-Senegalese filmmaker Mati Diop, winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival for her film Atlantics, and the first black director to be nominated for the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, and Parisian editor and filmmaker Manon Lutanie.
“I would like to observe a transformation of lights, of nature, of our brain. A shift in everything. Something calm and precious that we (or our bodies) experience daily,” filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul shared of his process. reflection for the work. “Does cinema have the capacity to bring about the present, or is it always about past memories?”
Liquid Music Artistic Director Kate Nordstrum added, “Daniel Wohl and I felt compelled to create a new vehicle for collaboration between composers and filmmakers. new works for orchestra and moving images, all loosely tied together under a broad and resonant thematic umbrella.”
Commissioned and presented by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2022 FotoFocus Biennial: World Record
Produced by Liquid Music
October 14-16, 2022
Music Hall-Springer Auditorium, Cincinnati, OH
Tickets available July 26 at cincinnatisymphony.org.