Coming up January 6th – a performance of The Afield by Rebecca Fischer and Anthony Hawley at National Sawdust

Posted by on Dec 10, 2016 in Events, Film and Video, Music, Performance | No Comments

On December 1st, artist Anthony Hawley paid a visit to the VCS department to meet with the seniors and give an artist’s talk in one of our thesis classes. A couple days ago, he let us know about an upcoming performance of The Afield, a multidisciplinary collaboration with violinist Rebecca Fischer that will be part of a performance event at National Sawdust in Brooklyn on the evening of January 6th. Here are the details:


Ferus Festival: The Afield / Nelson Patton with Lonnie Holley

Friday, January 6th @ 7pm

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About the Show

This evening features a split bill of musicians who are expanding the notions of visual and textual storytelling within musical performance.

The Afield

Performed by Rebecca Fischer
Music by Byron Au Yong, Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, and Paola Prestini
Film by Anthony Hawley

Opening the evening is renowned violinist Rebecca Fischer (of the Chiara Quartet) performing excerpts from The Afield. The set will consist of short works for solo violin and voice by Byron Au Yong, Lisa Bielawa, Nico Muhly, and Paola Prestini, alongside films by visual artist Anthony Hawley.


Nico Muhly “Expanding Phrases”
Byron Au Yong “Water Partitas”
Paola Prestini “For Becca”
Lisa Bielawa “One Atom of Faith”

Nelson Patton with Lonnie Holley

Closing the evening is Nelson Patton, an experimental duo of looped trombone (Dave Nelson) and drums & Moog bass pedals (Marlon Patton). The result is a sound greater than the sum of its parts as the two musicians continue to layer and develop motifs into elaborate textures and interlocking grooves. “Along The Way” was recorded in Dave’s personal studio in upstate New York over three days and features Lonnie Holley on vocals. The eleven songs on the album, chosen from dozens of improvised pieces, reflect the spirit of their expansive live shows.

Dave Nelson – trombone and loops
Marlon Patton – drums, Moog bass
Lonnie Holley – vocals

National Sawdust is located at 80 North 6th Street in Brooklyn. For more information, including profiles of the participants and details on purchasing tickets, check out the event listing on the National Sawdust website.

The Afield

an image from The Afield

Visual & Critical Studies