On the evening of Friday, July 14th we are proud to present experimental/contemporary music ensemble Syndicate for the New Arts (CLE) and experimental electronic harpist Shred van Winkle (CMH). Additional performers TBD. The performance will take place at the It Looks Like Its Open gallery (13 E. Tulane Rd, cmh 43202). Admission: $10 or $15 for 2. Doors 7:30pm. BYOB, all ages.
About the performers:
The Syndicate for the New Arts is committed to championing the works of living composers and specialize in performing works by composers based in the Rust Belt. Our artists, musicians and composers go beyond simply playing music for our concert-goers but engage and involve them in intimate and rewarding experiences. Not just limited to traditional concert spaces, we collaborate regularly with local restaurants, schools, and libraries. Our performances often involve local artists in other artistic mediums. The Syndicate for the New Arts changes the way that contemporary music is performed and experienced.
In addition to being a performance ensemble, The Syndicate continues to actively support the growth of a contemporary music community in North East Ohio. Our team assists in bringing artists to Cleveland for performances and master classes as well as collaborating and promoting the artists that call this region home.
Nathan-Andrew Leaflight (Shred van Winkle) began his studies of keyboards, electronic music, and ethnomusicology at Oberlin College’s Conservatory in the early 1980s. By the mid 80s, he was combining various world musics with both rock music and electronic compositions. He began studying pedal harp in the early 1990s, under the tutelage of Jane Cauffiel Thompson (a student of Carlos Salzedo’s). The primary rationale for this? His feeling that there were already just too many great pianists. He began his experiments with amplified harp and effects pedals in the mid 1990s. In 2000, he joined Philadelphia avant-prog band The Red Masque as a founding member. In the mid 2000s, he switched to playing the electric lever harp. Time passed. Seasons changed. The world went on its way, as it does…
Shred van Winkle is an attempt at metaphorical autobiography. He is a character who has slept too long, and now feels separated from his natural time, in surroundings surprisingly unfamiliar. The persona and the music are a means of addressing modern society’s staggering pace of development, which has far outstripped any meaningful changes in its most basic component: the individual person.