McNally Smith College of Music Art-inspired Music Project Intro

November 8, 2010


These interviews took place before the making of the musical pieces. They attest for the first meetings between the composers and the visual artists and architecture subject advisors. Full length music by composers accompanied by images of the art works will be available soon. Art inspires other art. And when it inspired the aspiring musicians of the McNally Smith College of Music, the effect was something greater than either the visual art or music composition. The Art-inspired Music Project features nine compositions based on Minnesota artists paintings, photography, sculpture and the architecture of The Twin Cities (see the complete list below). The interdisciplinary initiative was curated by McNally Smith faculty member William Franklin, a Liberal Arts instructor at the music college, with assistance from the Department Head of Music Composition, Chris Cunningham. Additional support is provided by The American Composers Forum. Minnesota-Based Artists and Works Featured in the Project: Painting * Bezoar 2. Laura Andrews. Oil on Canvas. * Grandaddy. Allen Brewer. Acrylic on wood. Photography * Release. Rhea Pappas. Digital photography. Sculpture * Dragon Breath. Michael McColl. Plexiglas * Voyage. Alonso Sierralta. Mixed media (wood & fiberglass) * The Hero. Brant Kingman. Bronze Architecture * Guthrie Theater * Cathedral of Saint Paul * Loring Park McNally Smith Composers Inspired by the Artist * Ryan Horton (artist Laura Andrews) * Alex Berglund (artist Allen Brewer