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
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 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.
The Last Broadcast credits
Written & directed by Tony Brewer
for the National Audio Theatre Festivals’
Audio Theatre Workshop June 22, 2012.
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