September 4, 2014

Making music and arts work together

Go Columbia for Sept. 4: Onomatopoetic Art Inspiring Art exhibit

If you’re going to First Thursday on Main, be sure to find the intersection of music and art.

It will be located near Certus Bank (1241 Main St.) and it will feature visual works of art inspired by a musical composition.

Called “Onomatopoetic Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible,” the exhibit grew from a request by USC violin professor Rebecca Hunter when she commissioned composer Jesse Jones to compose a piece of music for her to perform with piano professor Lynn Kompass. The piece, “In Dulcet Tones,” premiered in Thailand. Upon their return, Hunter took a recording of the composition to the Trenholm Artists Guild with the idea the group could use it as inspiration.

“The idea was that they would make visual art based on my piece,” Jones said.

The project resulted in a collection of paintings and other pieces of art that Jones said made him feel honored and humbled.

“The transfer from the musical language into the visual is incredible,” he said. “It’s everything I would hope as a composer to achieve in my music.”

Many of the artists were similarly inspired to show blurring of colors, “a line of imperceptibility where the tangible blurs,” said Jones, who will judge the works of art.

A recording of “In Dulcet Tones” will play during the First Thursday display. A live performance, the North American premiere, will be held Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. in the USC Recital Hall.

First Thursdays on Main is held from 6-10 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, from City Hall to the State House. It developed as a grass roots effort to attract visitors to downtown merchants, restaurants and art galleries.

Bridget Winston, Special to The State

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