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PERFORMANCE: Resistance and Rebellion

Tim Eriksen

PERFORMANCE: Resistance and Rebellion

January 31, 2014 | 7:00 PM

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing on his album Soul of the January Hills (Appleseed 2010) through the stripped-down voice and bajo sexto Christmas album Star in the East (timeriksenmusic 2012) to the lush, multi-layered arrangements on Josh Billings Voyage, the new album of northern roots American music from the imaginary village of Pumpkintown (timeriksenmusic 2012). Eriksen's own compositions, which NetRhythms UK described as "strange and original works," have been featured in films like the Billy Bob Thornton vehicle Chrystal and the upcoming documentary Behold the Earth. Eriksen's other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella's 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.

Psychoangelo is an electro acoustic group comprised of Glen Whitehead (trumpet, electronics) and Michael Theodore (guitar, computer, small objects) that creates environmental music by sculpting ambience, density, orchestral textures, post-industrial sound objects, organic sonic vocabulary and manipulating time through improvised frames. Time Out Chicago named their 2010 release panauromni as a top 10 cd of the year stating "in 1977, NASA loaded spacecraft with records as a cosmic hello to E.T.s. This could be the response." called "futuristic noir jazz, a total sleeper, album of the year candidate" and dubbed "Abandoned Satellite Music", by Stanford Radio, Called "an unusually deep organic psychedelia" (Terapikanet, Croatia), panauromni has been receiving airplay on college radio stations in the United States and on BBC's Radio 3. The trumpet, here, is considered in broad terms; it is as much a vocal instrument as a creator of timbre, harmony, melody and rhythm, accessing world traditions as a pragmatic signaling device, conjurer of spirits, or highly technical expressions of the sublime. Theodore and Whitehead have performed at The Stone, the New York City venue run by legendary experimental musician John Zorn, IMPS Festival in Seattle, and other festivals across experimental, techo and jazz spectrums. Renowned graphic designer Peter Mendelsund created the cover art for Panauromni. Mendelsund's recent work includes the cover of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Psychoangelo is currently working on their next recording project to be released later in 2014.

Resistance and Rebellion is choreographed and directed by Janet Johnson and Mollie Wolf. In the spring of 1990, Jan Johnson organized and created the Ormao Dance Company, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional modern dance company. Their goal is to bring premier, challenging modern dance performance and classes to Colorado Springs and Colorado as a whole. The name (pronounced or-MY-oh) stems from an ancient Greek term signifying "movement with force" and reflects the diversity of the company's contemporary dance repertoire.

Mollie Wolf graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Ethnic Studies. Mollie consistently engages in interdisciplinary art making and choreographic filmmaking, contributing to dance films, music videos, and interdisciplinary performances. Mollie acts as co-director and choreographer for the dance production company, WolfTank Productions, and directs the interdisciplinary performance company, |packfed| dance. She is currently dancing for Control Group Productions, Wild Heart Dance Collective, and Moraporavida Contemporary Dance Company; and is an adjunct professor at Pikes Peak Community College.

The Peak FreQuency Creative Arts Collective is a resident organization of the Music Program of the Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs serving as a platform for innovative, culturally diverse pursuits in music, as well as interdisciplinary practices and research in sonic arts and other fields. Peak Frequency presents thematically designed, carefully curated concerts as well as interactive residencies with guests drawn from the international music and arts scenes that reflect both faculty and student research, creative work and VAPA Music curriculum directions. The 2013-2014 season includes residencies by Matthew Burtner, Pandit Sanjoy Bandopadhyay, Charles Curtis, Anthony Davis, Stephanie Winters, Tim Eriksen, Shackle, and concerts by the Ensemble Peak FreQuency (EPF).