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Past Event February 3, 2024 / 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Ear Pollen, Part 2
The Ear Pollen Series started at Gallery 378 in 2020. Klimchak curated the monthly performances by selecting 3-5 musicians to perform a totally improvised concert together. The series was just getting started when Covid hit and ended it. At Atlanta Contemporary, Klimchak has revived the series in a minimalist compact form, while retaining the improvised format. For the Ear Pollen Series, Pt 2, Klimchak is performing in a series of duets, each month with a different partner and featuring different instruments. In many ways, the duet is the perfect vehicle for improvisation, as it allows the performers to treat their playing as a form of conversation, introducing new ideas, batting those ideas back and forth and taking them to new places to keep the dialog flowing. Part 2 becomes a 2 part conversation for the audience to witness and enjoy.
Atlanta Contemporary is located at 535 Means Street, Atlanta, GA 30318.
Parking is free in the lot at Bankhead & Means Street (Google Maps Location). You can access the lot via Bankhead Avenue and proceed past the parking attendant booth.
Klimchak is a composer known for his use of electronics & homebuilt instruments. His work has been seen in dance, theater & solo performances around the world. In 2011, he was given a grant by Idea Capital to make a series of compositions for home-built percussion instruments with lights incorporated in them. They were performed in 2012/2013 as flash percussion performances, titled Klimchak’s Lebeato Lounge. In March, 2015, Klimchak premiered his solo show, CooksNotes, in which he makes music on kitchen implements while cooking dinner for the audience.
Klimchak regularly performs solo shows featuring the Don Buchla designed Marimba Lumina. Only about 100 of this very rare instrument were made. With the Marimba Lumina the percussionist is able to perform live music that would normally take at least 4 musicians. His multi-instrumental compositions are played with 4 separate mallets, six foot pedals and a breath controller. As added touches, his sets usually include 4 or 5 small percussion instruments, some chanting or tuvan throat singing and at least one solo on the theremin.
Bill Taft is a guitarist, songwriter, and storyteller. His guitar compositions combine folk music chord progressions with dissonant improv and altered-string explorations. He plays in the ATL doom rock, dirge folk band W8ING4UFOS.
January 25, 2024 – February 2, 2025
February 24 / 2:00pm
MuSEA Slow Reads
March 2 / 4:00pm
Ear Pollen, Part 2
For the Ear Pollen Series, Pt 2, Klimchak is performing in a series of duets, each month with a different partner and featuring different instruments.
April 11 / 6:30pm
Studio Artist Program
Join us as we spotlight our studio artists, see their work firsthand, and share a cocktail in support of local working artists in Atlanta.