Garden Paths

Performance for five vocalists
Honolulu Museum of Art, 2015

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“Garden Paths” is a performance piece for a group of vocalists, designed for the grounds of the Honolulu Museum. In each of five outdoor courtyards of the museum, a solitary figure stands and recites a detailed description of a mysterious sculptural object. Each of these is in fact a sculpture or statue from the museum’s collection. These include art works or artifacts from Melanesia, Africa, Japan, North America, and China.

The audience is free to circulate to the various courtyards to hear each work being conjured by the performers’ voices. Slowly, their voices take on a harmonic, sung quality. Gradually each performer leaves her courtyard and walks into the museum’s central entry court, drawing the audience with them. All the performers join in the central courtyard, where their voices mix together, combining the voice-objects into a single mobile-like work of sound.
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