Lubomyr Melnyk, O
Nuclear facility. World's fastest pianist. 9-foot Steinway grand. Continuous Music. Such was the setting for recording Nuclear Recitals, Vol. 1. Can radical creativity catalyze individual, local and global climate action? We believe so. This public demo reflects on fragility of our Pale Blue Dot; centers music as a universal language evoking human and planetary interconnectedness; and advocates direct action in mitigating Anthropocene.
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At this multimedia showcase, O (TYPONEXUS founder, Jack Straw Cultural Center Artist in Residence, and 4Culture Artist) will share work in progress on the international, site-specific, creative climate justice project, Nuclear Recitals. Vol. 1 features world's fastest pianist and pioneer of Continuous Music, Lubomyr Melnyk (Ukraine). Recital audio is now in post-production toward physical and digital release. Presentation includes current audio edit, visuals, exhibit, and forum focused on radical creativity and social engagement as tools for policy change.
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All contributions directly support Nuclear Recitals project
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Nuclear Recitals commenced in 2017. Working with notable, international, cross-genre artists at a nuclear site, the intent is to produce, release and share a multimedia series of visceral, thought-provoking, inspiring odes to human creativity, beauty and goodness in juxtaposition to ruinous overreaches of industrialization. The aim is to encourage public dialogue about climate crisis, sustainability, and the importance of creativity and activism in finding solutions to our shared predicaments in the wake of Anthropocene.
For the inaugural installment, O joined forces with Ukrainian virtuoso composer, Lubomyr Melnyk.
We recorded this living legend's signature Continuous Piano Music set live, en plein air, on a 9-foot Steinway grand at a nuclear facility. The nonstop set consisted of original, improvisational, neoclassical avant-garde material generated exclusively for this thematic, site-specific engagement. The recital took place at high noon, cascading up to 20 keystrokes per second per hand, reverberating skyward through the monolithic edifice. A butterfly cemetery underfoot. Specters of Chernobyl and Fukushima stirred. Vivacious birdsong and grungy, industrial sound artifacts superimposed onto etherial music tapestry...
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“The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists.” ~ MLK