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Chasing Light Performance

SATURDAY April 27, 7:00-10:00 PM

What is Chasing Light?

Chasing Light, will be a multi-faceted art installation on the Manassas Museum lawn during the One Love Manassas Arts Festival on April 27 from 7 - 10 p.m. The installation is partially supported by the Virginia commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dallas artist Carmen Menza, who will produce the first-of-its kind work in this area, imagines that the 3D projected visual and musical installation will be an interactive experience that will draw all ages to participate.  The multi-level art installation will include 3D projected visuals and Chasing Light, an original musical score by Mark Menza, a Dallas composer and Carmen’s husband.


Musicians, Spoken Word Artists and Dancers Can Join In

Be a part of something big and join the jam! Do you play the clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, violin or other instrument? Musicians are invited to play along with the original musical score during the visual and musical performance. The Chasing Light score is a 21st century chamber piece that employs both recorded and live players, and is juxtaposed to electronic and sampled sounds. Because a strong central element of this work is improvisation--utilizing elements of jazz, philharmonic, soundscape, and an electronic score—it lends itself to improvisation on the night of the performance. 

The music that community musicians perform will also trigger elements of the 3D light show and will continually transform throughout the evening. The projected visuals include abstract illuminated backgrounds and geometric objects created through camera shots and 3D software.

Spoken word artists and dancers are also invited to collaborate during the continuous performance. The underlying music will serve as a soundscape for those who perform spoken word and poetry as they take the stage alongside musicians and dancers throughout the evening.

 

Get to Know the Music

Join the Chasing Light performance on April 27 from 7-10 p.m. on the Manassas Museum lawn. If you are a musician and would like to play your instrument during a part of the performance, take a listen to this musical score. The original musical and visual performance is part of the One Love Manassas Arts Festival on April 26-28.
Listen to the full music mix for the Chasing Light performance on April 27 from 7-10 p.m. on the Manassas Museum lawn. If you are a musician and would like to play your instrument during a part of the performance, take a listen to this musical score.
 

Download Chasing Light Sheet Music

 

Process of creating "Chasing Light"

Menza Art Studio, Carmen Menza

In my public and installation based work I sculpt spaces that are “tuned” for multi-sensory experiences. My interdisciplinary practice spans video, animation and music and I am especially interested in interactive and generative works that create a visual and musical dialogue to encourage artistic collaboration between myself and the community. I generally start with the music track by making determinations of the kind of composition I wish to have. For this work my husband and composer Mark Menza created a 21st century modern chamber musical work. Once the composition is completed I import the file into editing software and start to visualize the sound through a combination of animation and in camera visuals. For my generative based works the music is actually “driving” the visual component through programmed and interactive components. "Chasing Light" is a sculpted sensory environment that draws attention to our social interaction and communication. A main component in this visual installation utilizes software that generatively responds to audio input. Using algorithms in software these sounds are translated into visual distortions projected onto the LED panels, making for an immediate and wonderfully personal experience. As each musician plays, their notes will trigger digital visualizations in a digital dialogue where sound and light are orchestrated within the space.

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