The 20th century is often regarded as the greatest period of innovation and development for art since the European Renaissance approximately 500 years prior. In the United States, the New York School was an informal group of artists, both visual and performing, active in the 1950s and 60s whose works were characterized by surrealist, avant-garde, abstract, and experimental techniques and styles. In regards to the musical arts, this “school” included composers John Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman.
Morton Feldman (1926-1987) is most known for soft, lengthy works, and his unique compositional style characterized by metrical and rhythmic combinations that create a sense of free-floating, unfocused, and slowly evolving sound. Like many composers, Feldman drew inspiration from various sources, including a number of specific pieces for fellow friends and artists such as For Franz Kline (1962), Rothko Chapel (1971), For Frank O’Hara (1973), For John Cage (1982), and For Bunita Marcus (1986).
For Philip Guston was written in 1984, four years after Guston’s death, and is scored for flute, percussion, and piano. This monumental work will be performed at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music as part of my Doctoral Project Recital and will feature multimedia components including special lighting, unique performance booklet, and more than 100 images of Guston’s works to be displayed throughout the 4+ hour concert. All funds raised will provide financial assistance for two primary goals:
1) Professionally recorded video and post performance editing of the event.
2) Performance booklet containing:
i. Program Notes
ii. Life and Works of Morton Feldman
iii. Life and Works of Philip Guston
Reward Levels & Perks...
Reward Level: Entrance (1979)
Description: Every dollar counts! You are a truly awesome person and your support for the arts is greatly appreciated!
Perks: Digital Shout-out
Reward Level: A Day's Work (1970)
Description: For your donation you will receive a digital shout-out on the social media platform of your choice. You will also be listed as a donor on concert programs and in the DVD jacket.
Perks: Digital Shout-out
Reward Level: Close Up III (1961)
Description: Close Up III backers will receive a Philip Guston Artwork postcard with a personalized thank you note. In addition, you will receive all items from the lower donation levels. You will also be listed as a donor on concert programs and in the DVD jacket.
Perks: Digital Shout-out, Postcard
Reward Level: In the Studio (1975)
Description: You will receive a DVD hard copy of the professionally recorded live performance. In addition, you will receive all items from the lower donation levels. You will also be listed as a donor on concert programs and in the DVD jacket.
Perks: Digital Shout-out, Postcard, DVD
Reward Level: Last Piece (1958)
Description: You will receive both a DVD hard copy of the professionally recorded live performance AND a copy of the complete performance booklet. In addition, you will receive all items from the lower donation levels. You will also be listed as a donor on concert programs and in the DVD jacket.
Perks: Digital shout-out, Postcard, DVD, Performance Booklet
About Jacob Dike...
Jacob grew up in Melbourne, FL and spent the better part of his childhood living in the Sunshine State. While living in Tampa, FL., he attended the University of South Florida (USF) where he studied with renowned percussionist and professor Robert McCormick. At USF, he was involved in a number of chamber and large ensembles, including the McCormick Percussion Group. He currently lives in Cincinnati, OH., studying as a doctoral student at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) with members of Percussion Group Cincinnati, Rusty Burge, Jim Culley, and Allen Otte. While at CCM, Jacob has spent three years teaching music theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and currently serves as a graduate assistant in the percussion studio.
Jacob can be heard on a number of albums available through Ablaze Records, Ravello Records, and North / South Recordings. He is currently a member of the Percussive Arts Society.
Jacob has been teaching privately for the past 13 years and thoroughly enjoys working with students of all ages. In addition to being classically trained, he is well versed in many styles of music including jazz, musical theatre, contemporary, choral and sacred. He works actively as a freelance percussionist/conductor/pianist with CCM students, local high schools, and in various performances nationally. Jacob is also a founding member of the up-and-coming new music percussion trio 3(r), Three by Radio, who have performed in both the United States and internationally.
He holds a B.M. from USF and an M.M. from CCM.
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