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.

This event will take place outside in our courtyard (weather permitting). Limited seating is available. Beer and wine will be available for card purchase only.

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.

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Klimchak

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.

Majid Araim

Majid Araim is an Iraqi-American multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator, curator, visual artist, researcher and a fixture of the Atlanta improvisation and new music communities. Majid’s prolific work as a composer focuses on resonance and dynamics, experimental approaches, and is oriented towards the natural world and fantasy realms. Majid is a recent recipient of PREMIER Artist Residency at Georgia Tech School of Music for Whispers of Night’s work with geofons, specialized contact mics for use in ground mediums, exploring communication through filtration of our natural environment; and individual artist awards from Fulton County and Creative Capital to produce an new opera. Majid holds degrees in Music Composition and Jazz Studies from Georgia Southern University, and since 2013 has presented over 100 concerts as curator of the Magic Lantern series. In addition to their creative work as a musician, they are a dedicated parent, horticulturist, and animal lover.


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June 22 / 6:00pm
ART PARTY

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ART PARTY 2024

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It’s that time of year again! Join us for our annual fundraiser — the night will transform the campus with programming, present you with special performances, and of course, Open Studios with our artists in the Studio Artist Program.

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