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Distributed April 1, 1999
Contact: Glenn Hare

Experimental sound and visual imagery performance set for April 11

Wood, Ink, Water and Winter Buds, an experimental performance work that combines film, recorded sound, improvised choreography and music, will be presented free in Grant Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11. The piece will feature French composer, musician and dancer Eugenie Kuffler and Brown composer Elaine Bearer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Wood, Ink, Water and Winter Buds, an experimental sound and visual imagery show, will be presented free at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 11, in Grant Recital Hall at Brown University. The mixed media presentation combines music, film, recorded sound, improvised choreography, photography and light design with the intent to inspire thoughts that reach beyond the visual world.

Composed by Eugenie Kuffler, a performance artist living Paris, Marcelle Thirache, an experimental film artist also from Paris and local artists Elaine Bearer and Bill Rice, Wood, Ink, Water and Winter Buds is a collective work of 10 movements. The program will include Sales' Tales, a 12-minute section that combines photographic slides that illustrate the empty rooms of a family house soon to be sold with synchronized recorded and live music; The Bell and the Buoy, a 1998 construction of voice, movement, visual imagery and recorded sounds; and Buds, a piece that uses digital images of tulip buds accompanied by flute and viola improvisations.

Kuffler is a native of Baltimore who has lived in Paris since 1967. A composer and performance artist who plays saxophone, harpsichord and flute, she has created pieces for Radio France Culture and France Musique, and has presented at the Biennale de Paris and at arts festivals throughout Europe. Bearer, a composer and performance artist on the faculty at Brown, will have her most recent composition, The Magadalene Passion, given its world première by the Providence Singers at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in downtown Providence. Rice is an East Side photographer and visual artist.

Grant Recital Hall is located behind the Orwig Music Building on the corner of Hope Street and Young Orchard Avenue.