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For the week of April 30 - May 6, 2003

Arts and Entertainment

Arden Trio teams with Silver Creek students

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 public schools.

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 supportive."

The Arden Trio will also be performing Tuesday, May 6 at the Roosevelt Tavern in Ketchum. The concert is free of charge.


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