Wednesday, June 10, 2009
As an artist, Lynn Book’s interdisciplinary practice cuts across boundaries between performance art, theater, visual art, language, dance, and new music forms resulting in hybrid projects that explore self in the world through embodiment, cultural critique and radical imagination. She often deploys what she calls the ‘voiced body’ - playing with forms of order, destabilizing conventions of the word, and enlarging the scope of singing through extended vocal techniques from both contemporary and traditional cultures from across the globe. Lynn’s performances in the U.S. have included: Roulette, the Knitting Factory and the Kitchen, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Cleveland Performance Art Festival, OH, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, NC, and in Europe in Marseilles, Berlin, Bourges, Vienna, among others. Her creative research and practice as an artist couples with designing, teaching and directing innovative curriculum, programs and projects. Lynn is currently Visiting Associate Professor in Theatre and Dance and Program Director for Creativity and Innovation at Wake Forest University. She also serves on faculty with the Transart Institute, an international low-residency MFA program in new media based in Europe.
Composition, Guitar, Ethnic Flutes & Percussion
In three decades as a professional artist, NC native Richard Robeson has written and performed music and texts for the dance, theater and concert stages, in settings ranging from Trinity Repertory Theater (Providence, RI), to a concert tour of Morocco by special invitation of the Kingdom’s Ministry of Culture. Although nourished during his formative period on American musical idioms, a lifelong interest in the art of improvisation led inevitably to the study of classical traditions that encompass improvisational imperatives. His teachers have included — in addition to American composer and guitar virtuoso Ralph Towner — masters of North Indian (Hindustani), South Indian (Carnatic) and Middle Eastern music. May 2009 marked the conclusion of a two-semester residency in the UNC-Chapel Hill Dept. of Music, during which he taught Guitar and was Interim Director of the UNC Guitar Ensemble.