Cornish Presents is a multidisciplinary series held on campus and featuring visiting artists, beloved alumni, and distinguished faculty this spring. February kicks off with the debut of Pylon III by acclaimed choreographer Coleman Pester.
2018 City Arts Future List recipient Coleman Pester’s new dance work called PYLON III is an interactive performance that combines contemporary dance, live feed video projection, and looming architectural set pieces. The the final work in a trilogy of full-length dance performances that examine surveillance, identity, and oppression, PYLON III differs from past iterations in its focus on “hope,” and how aspirations of equity and holistic healing can guide the way in constructing a better world built on the rubble of the previous one. Founded by Pester in 2012, //TECTONIC MARROW SOCIETY is a multi-media art platform that has premiered dance works in Seattle, Melbourne, and New York City. Pester’s choreography for the company has been inspired architecture, observation, space, and identity Two performances of PYLON III will take place February 8 and 9 at the Cornish Playhouse at the Seattle Center.
On February 15, Cornish Presents moves back to PONCHO for an evening with Chicago-based cellist, composer and educator Tomeka Reid. Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Reid will be in residence from February 12 to 16 with the Cornish Music department. Her February 15 concert will be in collaboration with the 33rd Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival and several Cornish alumni and students. Appearing with Reid will be Amelia Coulter ‘16 (trombone), Ruby Dunphy ‘18 (drums), Stephen Fandrich (piano), Evan Flory-Barnes (bass), Logan Hone (sax), Ha-Yang Kim (cello), Katie Levine ‘14 (piano), Carmen Rothwell (bass), and Paul Rucker (cello). The Seattle Improvised Music Festival (SIMF) is the longest-running festival in the US dedicated solely to music that is completely improvised: no scores, no plans, no safety net. This “music of the moment” allows artists from diverse musical backgrounds to meet up in an atmosphere of spontaneity, intuition, playfulness, and discovery.
Scandinavian jazz group Atomic finishes out February. In collaboration with Earshot Jazz, Cornish Presents brings to PONCHO this explosive blend of American free-jazz with European characteristics that the band describes as “part academic lecture, part a fun night out on the town” on February 22.
In March, Cornish Presents celebrates faculty member Paul Taub’s 38 years of teaching at Cornish. Flutist Taub will be joined by his colleagues from the New Performance Group, Seattle Chamber Players, IWO Flute Quartet and others, in a program of 21st century music. The program will include a work commissioned by Taub in 1999 by the late Cornish faculty member Bern Herbolsheimer, a newly commissioned piece by alumna Beth Fleenor, and music by Alexandra Gardner, Jovino Santos Neto, Angelique Poteat and Helena Tulve. Ticket proceeds from this concert will go towards Music student scholarships.
Cornish Presents is made possible through the support of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Earshot Jazz, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and WESTAF