Daedalus Cacophonus – a beautiful movement of sound and flesh
Featuring Joe McPhee
Friday, Sept. 10, 2010 – 6 pm
Old Post Office Plaza (9th and Locust)
Free and open to the public
HEARding Cats Collective has received a generous grant from DowntownNow! and Missouri Arts Council to create Daedalus Cacophonus at the Old Post Office Plaza. The event will take place Friday, September 10, 2010 at 6 pm, and feature an evolving percussive landscape led by Artistic Director Rich O’Donnell (SLSO principal percussionist, retired), dancers from Ashleyliane Dance Company, ANNONYArts; a variety of local poets (Anna Lum, Brett Underwood, Richard Newman), and New York jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee.
The event is free and open to the public.
In homage to Daedalus, an ancient Greek craftsman so skilled that his sculptures “seemed to move about,” HEARding Cats Collective will assemble
team of local professional musicians, poets, and dancers for a
mesmerizing 75 minute multimedia cultural journey. The music will inspire dancers and audience alike to move about – just like one of Daedalus’ creations.
The core musical element of the piece is an ensemble of 5 percussionists (O’Donnell, Papa Wright, Craig Williams, Adam Rugo, and Thomas Zirkle) belting out world rhythms on bass and hand drums; meanwhile troupes of dancers, dressed statuesque in togas will groove to the beats; other sections will feature quieter duo and solo sections combining poetry with improvised saxophone (McPhee); and later, mallet percussion with splash cymbals and water gongs – making use of the basin at the plaza.
Mark your calendars and come join the other cool cats for this evening of dynamic artistic expression on a beautiful September night in downtown St. Louis!