Joel Mellin’s “Vortex” with Faurot & Paulson’s “Plow Like Hell”

Featuring the music of Joel Mellin and performances by Catherine Hedberg (sampled) and Faurot / Paulson (live), Vortex is a series of ambitious works presented in a Vortitorium – an experimental, fully immersive, three-dimensional audio environment developed by Mellin.

Vortex includes three debut compositions encompassing the breadth of Mellin’s collaborations: a work for computer and pemade; a collaborative piece for voice and computer featuring vocalist Catherine Hedberg and a performance specific installation by Jeff Mellin; and an audio tornado composed and controlled in real-time, intersecting with a parallel performance, Plow Like Hell, by Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson. All three of these compositions are composed and scored during the performance with custom software written specifically by Mellin for three-dimensional audio.

The hour-long program will conclude with the New York debut of A Passing Thought, a piece for piano, bass harmonica, computer and jegogunk (an instrument designed by Mellin). This work orginally debuted at the 2009 Dublin Fringe Festival with the performance of Rex Levitates Dance Company’s 12 Minute Dances.

Performers: Holly Faurot, Justine Lynch, Sarah H. Paulson, and Meg Dellenbaugh.

Musicians: Catherine Hedberg (sampled), Joel Mellin, Tori Lo. 

Additional Vortex Sounds provided by: Irene Eunyoung Lee, Liz Leininger, Jeff Mellin, Bruce Mellin, Andrea Powers, and Matthew Welch.

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About Plow Like Hell: Holly Faurot & Sarah H. Paulson will perform Plow Like Hell with additional performers Justine Lynch and Meg Dellenbaugh. The 20-minute performance will accompany Joel Mellin’s final piece of the hour-long evening. Mellin’s 3-dimensional audio tornado will be controlled by the performers’ breath. The audio installation/performance will be accompanied by a video of a woman (Katurah Hutcheson) stroking the wall behind her while making eye contact with the viewer via the video camera. Her powerful trancelike appearance waivers between sharp violence and tranquil remembrance. Plow Like Hell cuts through the powers of destruction via the minimal and quietly grotesque. 

Duration 30 April 2010 - 01 May 2010
Times 8pm
Cost $15
Venue Chocolate Factory Theater
Address 5-49 49th Avenue Long Island City 11101, ,
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