Live from Musical Ecologies: Alex Waterman
Produced by Dan Joseph.
Musical Ecologies returns Thursday, September 17th for a live radio event featuring composer, performer, producer, and scholar Alex Waterman. The event will be broadcast live from the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM Radio for Open Ears in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley. Due to Covid-19 there will be no in-person audience attendance. This event was originally scheduled for March 12th but was postponed due to the pandemic.
Working in a variety of contexts and media, including sound installations, television operas and film and video works, Waterman is perhaps best known as a cellist and performer. For tonight’s program, he will present an evening of new solo works titled Towards a Typology of Realities We Coincide With(in) for cello, electronics, and mixed media, as well as a selection of new stories and songs. The evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.
Now it its seventh season, Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation between the artist and curator.
About the artist: Alex Waterman is a composer, performer, producer, and scholar, exploring how social bodies can live and interact with one another in more musical ways. He has created a diverse body of works including sound installations, television operas, film and video works, exhibitions, amateur choral works, radio and film scores, and solo performances as a cellist, electronic musician and storyteller. His installation works, films and music productions have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe including at the ICA London,The Kitchen, the Swiss Institute,The Rotterdam Film Festival, the St. Louis Museum, and the Whitney Museum and many others. In a collaboration with Robert Ashley for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, he built a television studio and installation space inside the Whitney Museum and produced three operas by Ashley. In November 2017 he presented his first solo opera at the Donaueschingen Musiktage in Germany. Waterman has recorded over thirty records in multiple genres, as a performer, arranger, and producer, including many contemporary classical and avant-garde albums, grammy-nominated jazz albums, and rock records. Waterman has taught at Bard College (MFA program), NYU, Bloomfield College, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University from 2015-18 and currently teaches at Ramapo College of New Jersey.