PAUL DRESHER ENSEMBLE’S SOUND MAZE WITH RINDE ECKERT TO HEADLINE SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY DAY AT OZ ARTS, AUGUST 15
Interactive Sound Maze Performance Will Anchor Day of Indoor and Outdoor Arts Activities for Young People and Their Families
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“Mr. Dresher is among a loose group of musicians…paying special attention to the terrain between the world of computers and traditional acoustic music instruments to expand musical frontiers.”—The New York Times
NASHVILLE, TENN. – OZ Arts Nashville presents its second annual Family Day, an extravaganza of indoor and outdoor arts activities for young people and families, on Saturday, August 15. The centerpiece of this year’s event is Paul Dresher Ensemble’s Sound Maze with Rinde Eckert, an interactive experience of sound and mechanics consisting of 15 invented musical instruments and sound sculptures that audience members are invited to interact with and improvise upon.
Family Day will take place from 11am – 4pm. Rinde Eckert, 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and the winner of an OBIE Award, and Dresher will perform on the plethora of instruments at 1pm. Tickets, $25 for people age 13 and up (free for those 12 and under), can be purchased online at www.ozartsnashville.org. OZ Arts is located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN, 37209.
OZ Arts created Family Day to spark creativity and expression. Dispersed throughout the grounds of the pioneering contemporary arts center will be dozens of local artists and community organizations, who will set up activity stations, ranging from painting, sculpture, creative writings and more, enabling kids to tap into their imagination while having fun with friends and family members.
Among the Nashville artists who will lead participatory activities throughout the venue’s converted warehouse space and vast, artfully landscaped grounds are: Hip Hues, teaching kids screen-printing on tote bags; Plaza Art, facilitating the creation of abstract paintings; Nashville Shakespeare Festival, engaging in Shakespeare activities such as coloring and costuming; the Country Music Hall of Fame, facilitating instrument creation and exploration; Andee Rudloff, helping children and parents collaborate on a chalk mural; Your Heart on Art, leading a collaborative mixed media workshop; Prado Art, giving instruction on creating Alebrijes, brightly colored Oaxacan fantastical sculptures; the Chinese Arts Alliance, leading family Tai Chi workshops; Professional Bohemians, demonstrating how to make fabric dolls and book marks; Turnip Green Creative ReUse, organizing a wearable art workshop; Kelly Terrell, leading a workshop on art and journaling; Emily Holt, demonstrating how to make mini stamp book medallions; Mary Mooney, helping families create abstract paintings; the Nashville Origami Club, assisting children and parents in making paper folded art; and Urban Green Lab, leading a sustainability trivia game. Other Family Day activities will be added.
Formed in 1984, the Paul Dresher Ensemble interprets the ideas and sounds of today’s most innovative and irreverent composers and mounts educational and family programs to bring its repertory to diverse audiences of all ages. The group frequently collaborates with Rinde Eckert—a writer, composer, musician, performer, director, Grammy-winner for Best Small Ensemble and the winner of an OBIE Award—to develop, produce and tour new works of opera and experimental music theatre.
The Sound Maze installation offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to discover and create new sounds and music, and draws on Paul Dresher’s decades of creating and performing with invented instruments. As an internationally active composer, Paul Dresher pursues many forms of musical expression including experimental opera and music theater, chamber and orchestral composition, live instrumental electro-acoustic music performances, musical instrument invention, and scores for theater, dance, and film.
The installation will remain open at OZ Arts for interactive play from August 16 – 18. Please check www.ozartsnashville.org for details and updates.
About OZ Arts Nashville
As the newest 501(c)3 contemporary arts institution in the Midsouth Region, OZ Arts’ particular style of programming has begun to transform the cultural landscape of Nashville. Utilizing the venue's flexibility, OZ Arts presents the work of leading artists from around the world, offering an intimate context for performing and visual art programs that challenge and inspire a diverse range of curious audiences.
OZ Arts also serves as a catalyst for local creativity through a program called TNT (Thursday Night Things). TNT is a quarterly series of unexpected collaborations with Nashville-based artists from varying creative disciplines. OZ Arts' "blank slate" provides a platform onto which these artists can create, develop and present a one-time-only event that would traditionally not be seen in a visual art gallery or theatre.
OZ Arts is located in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashville’s Ozgener family. Their generosity provided the seed money that breathed new life into the column-free, 10,000 square-foot space nestled amidst artfully landscaped grounds.