Collective Disruption

Program Notes
Centered around the idea of disruption, Collective Disruption brings together the work of Sam Biroscak, Kenya Gillespie, and Mark Hirsch as architecture/design, video, and electronic music collide. The film explores a crisis of identity and a fracturing of personality that is reflected in the design of the installation. The video is projected from two, non-synchronized sources across a series of five screens at varying depths, allowing the image to travel back and forth in space. The viewer may then walk among and between the images while exploring this fractured space. The soundtrack for the installation is the product of three separate pieces. Like the video, these pieces play from separate, non-synchronized sources and overlap and collide in a continuous fluctuation.

Biographical Sketch
Mark Hirsch:
Composer, filmmaker, and intermedia artist Mark Hirsch is continually fascinated by subtleties--or perhaps, a level of complexity beyond our day-to-day senses. His art has been described as “accentuating the in-between, the minutiae of life, the hidden spaces and intricate textures that orchestral bombast can sweep over so effortlessly”.
A tireless supporter of collaborative processes, Hirsch strives to find deeper relationships between different artistic mediums. His ballet Rebekah & Aliya challenges classical precedents as dance, screen-dance, and live music are set with equal import and continually fluctuating emphasis. The Pond, a silent film with live, improvised music, continues down the path of reimagining narration set forth by experimental artists such as Maya Deren and Morton Feldman.
Hirsch holds the Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude in course work and cum laude in independent study from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music. At Lawrence, he studied composition with Asha Srinivasan and John Mayrose, and guitar with Nathan Wysock and Steve Peplin. His experiences in the relationships between music and contemplative practice under the mentorship of Gene Biringer have profoundly influenced his art and processes. Hirsch has also worked closely with Emmy Award-winning producer and director Catherine Tatge on a documentary about American organists in France.
A native of the American Midwest, Hirsch is currently pursuing graduate work in acoustic and electronic music composition at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.

Kenya Gillespie:
Mr Gillespie is a composer, pianist and violinist from Salina, Kansas.
He began his piano studies at age 5. He has performed in numerous concerts and recitals and has won various awards and concerto competitions. In 2004 he won the Wichita Piano Teachers’ League Piano Concerto Competition and performed the Grieg Piano Concerto in A Minor with the Friends University Orchestra. The following year he won the Salina Symphony Concerto Competition and performed Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Salina Symphony.
Mr. Gilespie completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University, receiving a B.A. in Music and graduating magna cum laude with distinction in the music major. He has a M.M. degree from Rice University, where he studied composition with Anthony Brandt and Karim Al-Zand. Past composition teachers have included Michael Klingbeil of YaleUniversity, Philip Lasser of the Juilliard School, Lane Harder, Yoshiaki Onishi and Yuan-Chen Li. His piano teachers have included Elizabeth Parisot of the Yale School of Music, 1997 Van Cliburn finalist Jan Jiracek von Arnim of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Paul Reed of Wichita State University and Janelle Rominger.
His music is written in a contemplative and lyrical style and he is very interested in ways of combining music with other artistic mediums, specifically film and video. Mr. Gillespie was named an Emerging Composer in 2009 by the New York Art Ensemble. He has secured various commissions and performances of his pieces throughout his career. His full orchestra piece Dove Descending received its world premiere from the Jonathan Edwards College Philharmonic in the spring of 2010, a reading by the Yale Symphony Orchestrak and a performance by the Yale Schola Cantorum in 2010. He was commissioned by Yale to write the chamber piece Vicissitudes for the rededication ceremony for Calhoun College in the same year. He also received a commission by the Salina Symphony to write an orchestra piece for their spring 2012 concert commemorating the youth symphony’s fiftieth anniversary. Recently he was commissioned by Musiqa and the Houston Contemporary Arts Museum to write a piece for their “Altered Tracks” project.

Sam Biroscak:
Sam Biroscak is currently a graduate student at the Rice University School of Architecture.