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An interdisciplinary exploration of sonata structure in art, music and poetry
An interdisciplinary exploration of sonata structure in art, music and poetry
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Formal Inquiry: The Sonata Undressed features the work of composer/pianist Carrie Purcell, Violinist Rochelle Ngyen and Cellist Hana Marckova; poets Amy Schrader,  Justin Rigamonti, and Alexis Vergalla; and visual artists Teresa Morani, Greg Plumis, Kate Protage and Angela Scott.  Formal Inquiry's participating artists have been working within and against centuries-old structures, the sonnet and the sonata, to create innovative work in a variety of media.  The event will include visual art that translates music to color, sonnet sequences exploring miscommunication in sonata form and the world premier of new chamber music for piano trio.  Through intensive engagement with the structures of their disciplines' masterworks, the participating artists hope to attain a newfound freedom that emerges from these imposed constraints.

The money we're raising on Kickstarter will pay for our venue, which with tech night and three performances, costs $900.  Anything over that will help pay for supplies--gels for the lights, gobo holders, program printing costs, poster and postcard printing costs, and dinner to feed the crew.  Covering these costs allows us to make this art accessible with low prices (only $8 in advance!), and provide for the pay-what-you can performance on Sunday, June 12th.  

Most humble thanks are due to Jon Peck of Cut Once Films (HD videos, Webpage design, advertising and more!) for creating the video for this project. Still shots of the artists are by Jason Williams. The music in the video was composed by Carrie Purcell, the visual art by the artists named above.  Please see the Formal Inquiry website for more information on their work and links for purchasing.    

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    All of the above, plus a cake of your choice on the date of your choice (must be in the Seattle area). I've been baking cakes at friends' request since 2003, and like to create cakes that are both beautiful and scrumptious. This means I use organic, local ingredients whenever possible, and I love using Scherffenberger chocolate or buttercream frostings. Some flavor combinations to contemplate: orange bourbon cheesecake on a chocolate-wafer, hazelnut crust topped with a dark-chocolate earl grey ganache; vanilla spice cake with chocolate chai ganache; lemon truffle cake. See http://formalinquiry.wordpress.com/artists/carrie-a-purcell/ for a few pictures.

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