Resonant Sculpture Project
After many productive years as a saxophonist, improviser, and bandleader in the worlds of modern jazz, funk, and African music, I initiated a project that mixes performance art, music, sculpture, and film in ways that I've never seen before. The Resonant Sculpture Project is an international site-specific series of performances based on interactions between my musical improvisations and the large-scale sculptures of Richard Serra.
With instrument in hand, I carefully approach and begin sonic exploration of Serra’s immense work. The heavy steel plates reflect and resonate. The space between them creates sympathetic harmonics. The sounds reverberate in unpredictable ways. My challenge is to create compelling improvisations while moving through, eliciting sound from, and reacting to, these incredible sculptures.
Audiences are immersed in the acoustic/sculptural space as Serra's work becomes inspiration, setting, and instrument --- interfacing with my improvisations to create original sounds in a unique experiential environment that combines the beauty of music, sculpture, and live performance in powerful new ways. The nuance and power of these live events is hard to capture and convey on video, but hopefully you can get a feel of the process from the compilation video below.
Check out the recent article in ArtNews: Avram Fefer on Making Music w/ Richard Serra Sculptures.