SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 Slippages

after the paintings of Warren Rosser

actions for woodwinds, digital tape and 4-channel sound

created in parallel to Warren Rosser’s painting installation Repeat Offender

“…a musical interpretation of Kansas City Art Institute faculty member Warren Rosser’s large-scale paintings…orchestrated for clarinet, bass clarinet and a pair of ‘zwooms.’ These contraptions allow for a sweeping disbursement of sound. Frizzell and Aber circled the microphones at the center of the cathedral, emitting a wide swath of primal sound in a series of register-hopping trills.”

–Robert Eisele, The Kansas City Star

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Slippages is a musical realization and performance by Dwight Frizzell and Thomas Aber made in response to of Warrren Rosser’s room-sized paintings from his Repeat Offender series. Having rendered an encoded script audible, Rosser’s animations are lifted off the canvas to activate the time-shifting compositional strategies of Aber and Frizzell. As they explain: “micro-tonal phasing between two clarinets, Doppler effects created by zwooms (long-hose instruments), rotating phrases slipping in and out of sync, and the use of a microphone array for dynamic panning.” Transposing the audible to Rosser’s visual navigations, “unfolding orbs repeat and crack open leaving traces where they have been. Ellipses rotate within themselves and in larger circling colligatives, both revealing and reveling in the animated forms of Rosser’s images.”

–From the catalog Warren Rosser: Repeat Offender

November 30, 2001-Februrary 9, 2002

Warren Rosser is the William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting and Chair of Painting at the Kansas City Art Institute. His work is collected and exhibited internationally.

Slippages Performances

Slippages I Live duet performance at Kansas City Jewish Museum, 2001

Slippages II newEar multi-channel performance at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 2001

Slippages II Forum for Contemporary Art (performance, catalog CD), St. Louis, Mo., 2002

Slippages III South Dakota Art Museum performance, 2004

Slippages II Out of the Box Festival in Carbondale, Il., 2009

Slippages IV International Clarinet Festival, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2014

Slippages IV Buskirk Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana at Wounded Galaxies Festival, 2015

Slippages IV Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2019

OCTOBER 7, 2020 Big Scary Momo Show

Cryptozoological roundup featuring Sasquatches, Burmese Monkey Men, and a “blue” Momo (Missouri Monster)—with legendary rocker Joey Skidmore, & Star Trek composer Michael Henry.

OCTOBER 17, 2020  The Last Broadcast 

Written & directed by Tony Brewer for the National Audio Theater Festivals. An original tale of zombies, radio, zombies and more! Winner HEAR NOW Best of Fest Award 2016.

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The Last Broadcast credits

Written & directed by Tony Brewer

for the National Audio Theatre Festivals’

Audio Theatre Workshop June 22, 2012.


Bill Oakley

Jackie Casteel

Caitlin Ryan

Barbara Rosenblat

Melinda Peterson

Bryan Roberts

Monty Wiens

Cindy Beaulé

Marty Martin

Donna Anderson

Natalie Dollison

Toni Johnson

Zombie SFX:

Jackie Castle

Bill Chessman

James Dexter-Lee

Kevin Donnelly

Peter Pollack

Bryan Roberts

Becky Stapf

Monty Wiens

Assistant director James Dexter-Lee

Live Sound Effects directed by Natalie Dollison with Don Priest

Music by The Leatherettes featuring Julia Thro, Patrick Conway, Thomas Aber & Dwight Frizzell

Field Recording / Editing by

Steve Donofrio, Henry Howard, Renee Pringle, Eric Somers, and Mark Wiener

Recorded live by Mike Konopka

Recording mix and edit by David Shinn and Dwight Frizzell

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