Arden Trio teams with Silver Creek
By DANA DUGAN
Express Staff Writer
The Arden Trio will play Evan Ziporyn's
"Typical Music" with a multi-media video presentation with the Silver Creek
Alternative School 7 p.m. May 9 at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum. The
Alternative School has been working all spring on this project and they’ll tour
with the Arden Trio for three days doing presentations for area schools.
The New York based trio is a well known
chamber music group that is completing its third year of residency with the Sun
Valley Center for the Arts. As part of that residency they have worked with area
The Silver Creek Alternative School, now
in its 10th year of operation in the Blaine County School District, signs on as
many as 30 Wood River teens each year, who graduate with a high school degree.
Barge Levy, the founder and principal of
the school, promotes such interactive creative projects as music, art and
videography in the student’s curriculum. For the May 9 presentation, The Arden
Trio will accompany live, a digital movie, inspired by music composed by Ziporyn.
"The Sun Valley Center, Evan and the Arden
Trio asked us to do an artistic interpretation of the first movement," Levy
said. Ziporyn’s music has a Balinese influence; inspired by a trip to Bali where
the villagers played music they off-handedly called typical.
The media class of approximately eight
students shot the piece digitally with Apple iMovie.
"It’s completely abstract," Levy said.
"It’s really ingenious, moody, unpredictable, and off-beat. Our work is called
‘Between the Drops.’ This is definitely between the notes."
Among the effects are shots of finger
painting, hands, skateboarding, someone getting a haircut, a random collection
of pictures and drawings, rivers and flowing things. Accompanying the first
movement of Ziporyn’s piece, it lasts seven and a half minutes. Apple’s iTunes
digitally interprets the video to the music, so they are synced exactly, Levy
said. There are also 25 words the students associated with the music that flash
at the audience randomly.
"Sprinkled in like seasoning," Levy said.
Levy said working with the Arden Trio for
the past seven years has been wonderful. "They sat and talked with the kids
about the images. The Sun Valley Center has also been terrific wonderful and
The Arden Trio will also be performing
Tuesday, May 6 at the Roosevelt Tavern in Ketchum. The concert is free of