Aria is an installation that combines Joan Jeanrenaud’s original music with Alessandro Moruzzi’s set, lighting and video design. The work is a cello solo performed by Jeanrenaud, accompanied by layers of prerecorded celli, found sounds, samples and loops. The piece is inspired by the decline in the natural environment and the politics that surround this issue. Aria‘s installation component includes a swinging cello, microphones and video projections that incorporate scientific data as well as other images. Throughout the work, air serves as a central metaphor for the invisible bond among the planet’s inhabitants.
Aria premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of Bay Area Now in 2008.
San Francisco, CA
A member of the Kronos Quartet for 20 years, cellist and composer Joan Jeanrenaud has created over twenty original music works, including Vermont Rules, Axis and Altar Piece. She has also premiered more than 30 solo compositions written for her by composers such as Fred Frith, Terry Riley, Annie Gosfield, Karen Tanaka and Kevin Volans. Her evening length multi-media performance works include Ice Cello, a remounting of the Charlotte Moorman/Jim McWilliams piece; Metamorphosis, a performance of compositions by and for Jeanrenaud as part of her 2001-02 residency at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco; and Estuary, a collaborative installation with artist Rebecca Hasseltine. Her solo CDs include Metamorphosis, available on New Albion records, and Grammy nominated Strange Toys, released on Talking House Records.
San Francisco, CA
A native of Bologna, Italy, Alessandro Moruzzi is a visual artist who often works with music, video, and film. Since moving to San Francisco in 1984, Moruzzi has collaborated locally with many artists and ensembles including SOON 3, Antenna Theater, Life on the Water, Bill Talen, Nina Wise, Kronos Quartet, Debra Slater Dancing Company, and The Magic Theater. Moruzzi has also designed several art installations, including one piece commissioned by the city of San Francisco and executed by AWOL (Artist and Writers Outlawed). He has collaborated on several multi-media projects with Joan Jeanrenaud including Metamorphosis and Ice Cello.