Appassionata

Program Notes
Appassionata is a film collage and musical composition. Artist Angela Grauerholz invited composer Melissa Grey to interpret a fragment of music that Ludwig Wittgenstein had scribbled down in his journal in 1931. Accompanying this music, he wrote: “That must be the end of a theme which I cannot place. It came into my head today as I was thinking about my philosophical work and saying to myself, I destroy, I destroy, I destroy.” Wittgenstein’s attempt to consider the implications of the limitations language places on human experience is reflected in this piece where the meaning remains open, and several sensibilities and forms of expression are merged into one. The film collage, by Grauerholz and Réjean Myette, was constructed as a response to Grey’s resulting composition, in a dialogue that reconsiders image-sound hierarchy.

Biographical Sketch
Composer Melissa Grey’s projects include concert works, electroacoustic performances, installations, food + music events, and collaborations with artists and architectural designers. Recent works have been published by The MIT Press and exhibited or performed at Parsons The New School for Design, Gallery MC, National Gallery of Canada, Goethe-Institut Montréal, The Stone, Spectrum, Corridor at BolteLang, Radiauteur, Dorsky Gallery, Judson Church, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), Alphabet City Festivals 2010 AIR and 2009 WATER, Cinesonika: First International Film and Video Festival of Sound Design, Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, and others. She has curated and presented the following concerts: Circuit Bridges Concert 3: Sonic Currents (2014), 60x60 New York Minutes Mix (2012), Transrevelation (2007), and Sonic Channels (2006). In addition to her work as co-artistic director of the monthly electroacoustic concert series Circuit Bridges (Vox Novus), Grey has taught Sound Studies at The New School for Public Engagement, NYC.

Artist/photographer and graphic designer, Angela Grauerholz is Full professor at the École de design at the Université du Québec à Montréal where she has taught typography and photography since 1988, and where she has recently completed a four year mandate as director of the Centre de design. Her photographic work has been exhibited and collected widely (Canada, USA, Europe) and she has participated in many important international events including the Sydney Biennale (1990), Documenta IX (1992), the Carnegie International (1995) and the Montréal Biennale (2004). In 2006, she was awarded Québec’s Prix Paul-Émile Borduas for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 2014 she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Along with her purely photographic work, she has worked on different types of photographic archives, addressing notions of memory, of space and place, as well photographic representation.