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Previously October 5, 2013 – February 2, 2014


Five-channel field recording compositions
by Brendan Connelly

Soundscape Gallery
Opening Reception: CAC’s Art for Arts’ Sake, Saturday, October 5, 6pm – 9pm

Artist’s Statement

“I wander a lot, in my own cities of New York and New Orleans, and when I visit new places – recently, northern Scotland, London, Paris and the south of France. And I tote around a handheld digital recorder so when I stumble upon a sonic event that intrigues me, I quickly press record. Later, removed from the original time and place of the recording – back in my studio - the musical qualities of these recordings (pitch, timbre, rhythm, tempo) float to the surface. And I began to interact, to improvise with these documents, using acoustic and electronic sounds – clarinet, analog synthesizers, drum set, harpsichord, all kinds of percussion. Sometimes my hand in the matter is very obvious (The Frogs of L’Esperance); other times I enjoy being stealth, letting the found sound tell its own strange story (From a 5th floor window in Beaucaire, France).”

Artist’s Bio

Brendan Connelly is a composer and sound designer, splitting time between New York and New Orleans. He is cofounder of the Obie-award winning Two-headed Calf and has created the sound and music for all of its productions, including You, My Mother, an opera performed at the River-To-River Festival this year. His New Orleans work includes two song/plays with Lisa D’Amour (Du Fu, Mississippi and Jack Spicer’s Billy The Kid—both at the NOLA Fringe), The Lily’s Revenge and A Streetcar Named Desire (both with Southern Rep). Current collaborations include two with PearlDamour: How To Build a Forest and Milton. Brendan’s concert music has been performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Yarn/Wire, Timetable Percussion, Wet Ink, Hunter-Gatherer and members of the Mivos Quartet. He is represented by AO International and received an MFA in Sound/Music from Bard College.

Soundscape gallery is dedicated to the ongoing exploration of audio as a medium.

Thanks to the following for supporting the CAC’s First Floor Initiative: Best Buy, Corporate Realty, Cox Communications, Edward Wisner Donation Fund/City of New Orleans, Ella West Freeman Foundation, Greater New Orleans Foundation, Nola Paint and Supplies—Farrell~Calhoun Paint, Selley Foundation, Aimée & Mike Siegel, SPUN Cafe at CAC

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Arts Council of New Orleans
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Louisiana Division of the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
Sydney & Walda Besthoff Foundation

Aimée & Mike Siegel
Dathel & Tommy Coleman

Arthur Roger Gallery
Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP
Callan Contemporary
Hunt Brothers of Louisiana, LLC
The Law Offices of Matt Greenbaum
LeMieux Galleries
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