In this course, we will examine the ecstatic joy of collective belonging that occurs when those without a formal musical education are given permission to play and compose musical forms. Through hands-on musical activities, students will explore early experimental music processes and collaborate to create new and contemporary works using Ox-Bow’s pristine, natural environment. No previous musical experience is required, and all instruments will be provided.
BRITNI BICKNAVER is an artist and educator from Cincinnati. With a background in sculpture and drawing, Bicknaver works primarily in the medium of sound, creating pieces that range from audio tours to pop songs. Her work is fueled by concepts such as history, memory, arcane information, and the revelation of inner worlds. She received an MFA from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
CHRIS REEVES is a Chicago-based research creator and artist. He is co-editor and author of The World’s Worst: A Guide to the Portsmouth Sinfonia (Soberscove), as well as the Hole Black Hole Catalog and Old Future’s Almanac (Flatland). His work has been featured in publications, galleries, and unconventional spaces throughout the United States and Europe. He is currently working on Playing Music Badly in Public, his second book on music and art, which looks at the value and joy of playing music without knowing how. Reeves holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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