Dog W/A Bone present the release of Charles Gaines’s Manifestos 2. Charles Gaines is highly regarded as both a leading practitioner of conceptualism and an influential educator at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gaines is celebrated primarily for his photographs, drawings, and works on paper that investigates systems, cognition, and language. His early experiments examined the roles that systems and rule-based procedures play in the construction of forms, objects, and meaning. In creating Manifestos 2, Charles translated language from four influential speeches or manifestos into musical notation: Malcolm X’s last public speech, made in 1965 in Detroit’s Ford Auditorium; Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto (1999), by Canadian Mohawk scholar and activist Taiaiake Alfred; Indocumentalismo Manifesto — an Emerging Socio-Political Ideological Identity (2010), by Raúl Alcaraz and Daniel Carrillo; and the Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, written by French activist and writer Olympe De Gouges in 1791. Establishing a relationship between the structures of language and music, Gaines has used a rule-based system, substituting each letter with its corresponding musical note (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and treating each letter without an equivalent note as a silent musical rest. The scores were then arranged for multiple instruments by Los Angeles composer and Opera Povera director Sean Griffin. As a result, Manifestos 2 explores the ways in which the emotive properties of music affect the content of the manifestos and their interpretation. For the performance, Griffin conducted a nine-piece ensemble, bringing the scores to life. Composed by Charles Gaines; Arranged and conducted by Sean Griffin/Opera Povera. Manifestos 2 was recorded live at REDCAT Los Angeles, December 9th 2015. Personnel: Jonah Levy – trumpet; Joelle Lamarre – soprano; Richard Valitutto – piano; Alison Bjorkedal – harp; Emily Call – violin; Madeline Falcone – violin; Melinda Rice – viola; Betsy Rettig – cello; Scott Worthington – bass.
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