April College Night: Until My Last

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On April 7, we are hosting a College Night concert. This concert features the world premiere of Anew, a collaborative work for processed voice and electronics from composers Hanna Benn and Jordan Munson. Anew is a work about letting go.

At the center of the concert will be the Indianapolis premiere of Munson’s solo multimedia performance piece Until My Last. The piece was first presented in 2014 at The Kitchen in New York City as part of the performance residency Synth Nights curated by composer Nico Muhly. A bit about the work:

Until My Last explores memories of early love and the helplessness of drowning. Merging interactive light, video, and electronic sound with piano and music box, the performance is a constantly evolving multimedia landscape.

About the concert as a whole, Munson states, “I am really fascinated with activating a place in the museum that has yet to be utilized for a performance of this kind. I am particularly interested in creating work that plays on the acoustic properties of the performance space. The idea is to immerse the audience within the work and to create a wholly unique experience.”

Until My Last Performance Credits

Collected Folk Songs (2016) - Benn/Miller/Munson
Abigail Miller & Hanna Benn – Soprano
Jordan Munson – Piano, Electronics

Anew (2016) – Benn/Munson
Abigail Miller & Hanna Benn – Soprano
Jordan Munson – Keyboard, Electronics

Until My Last (2016) – Munson
Jordan Munson – Piano, Multimedia

Jordan Munson

Jordan Munson is a sound and video artist whose work explores memory, ephemera, and our relationship to technology. Often utilizing found media and experimental instruments, his compositions employ layered textures to build subtly changing landscapes. Munson has performed alongside artists such as Matmos, R. Luke DuBois, Bora Yoon, and Nico Muhly. His video art has shown worldwide, including at the Musicacoustica Festival in Beijing, the New World Center, and The Phillips Collection. Munson is a Lecturer in Music and Arts Technology at IUPUI, as well as an associate of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center. He holds degrees from Indiana University in Indianapolis (M.S.M.T.) and the University of Kentucky (B.M.).

Hanna Benn

Hanna Benn is a composer and vocalist. She is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, where she studied composition and sacred vocal music. Benn is the co-founder of Pollens, a Seattle-based experimental pop band. Her works and arrangements have been performed by various ensembles including St. Marks Cathedral Choir (Seattle), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Symphony Orchestra, the CMF Festival Orchestra, Saint Helen's String Quartet, Seattle Chamber Players and Opus 7.

Abigail Miller

Soprano, Abigail Miller, is a versatile singer, songwriter and performer. She is currently a member of the Indianapolis Opera Chorus, premiering the soprano chorus role in The Forest of Dreams with New Voices Opera, and is excited to be working with Jordan Munson and Hanna Benn on classical electronic and voice compositions. Abigail writes, sings and records as the front woman of two bands; lo-fi, shoegaze, mood rock group Pan-Pan Wen and Pop, R&B, vocal harmony heavy, AceYankee. Additionally, she makes music with Heather French Henry, a band that she co-founded in 2010 that has recorded and self released five studio albums.

Abigail received a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and Opera Theatre from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. She earned her Bachelors in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory where along classical voice she studied alternative vocal techniques of Georgian Folk, shape-note, baroque and North Indian Classical singing.

April College Night: Until My Last Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN