Singing wall is my newest collaboration with Steven Pierce. This six foot tall, 10 foot long amplified percussion sculpture was created for Coalescence Percussion Duo and was premiered at ArtPrize 8 in Grand Rapids Michigan. Additional performances included collaborative structured improvisations with Coalescence and the lovely dancers of Wellspring Dance.
This harp installation was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the oldest music festival in the country. A collaboration with the incredibly talented Steven Pierce, this 7-foot sounding sculpture is amplified with recessed speakers in the base. Using a pentatonic scale, the piece invites multiple participants to play simultaneously, as the limited pitches create traditionally consonant sonorities. There is no paint; all of the colors on the body of the harp are patinas created by Pierce.
Many thanks to Reach, Teach, Play and the Ravinia Festival for commissioning this work. And to Aaron Good for his initial drawing.
A fantastic performance of Percussion Sculpture No. 1 by Owen Weaver at the MATA Interval Series in NYC in late 2012!
images of instruments built and imagined...
Welded sounding sculptures built from found objects and salvaged metals. Each is amplified with a homemade contact microphone and controlled with a volume pedal. These instruments encourage aural and tactile exploration above learned virtuosity.