Showing posts from March, 2014

Design and Media Arts Professor Creates New Work

NIU School of Art professor of Design and Media Arts Bart Woodstrup recently premiered a new animation in collaboration with composer/accordionist Merima Ključo. The piece, entitled The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, sold out its first three performances in Putney, Vermont - where it was completed as a part of the Yellow Barn residency program. The piece continues to another sold out performance in Boston on March 26th.

The Sarajevo Haggadah: Music of the Book, a multimedia work composed by Bosnian-born, Los Angeles-based accordionist Merima Ključo, traces the highly dramatic story of one of the world’s most famous manuscripts. Featuring Ključo’s use of musical traditions from Spain, Italy, Austria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina, together with pianist Seth Knopp and video artist Bart Woodstrup, The Sarajevo Haggadah traces the manuscript’s travels from medieval Spain to 20th century Bosnia, where it was hidden and rescued during World War II by Muslims, to its restoration by the Nation…

Dance Program Featured at National Festival

Linnea Norwood and DK Bardlette
 The NIU Dance Program in the School of Theatre and Dance participated in the Central Region American College Dance Festival Conference held at Northeastern Illinois University from March 19-22, 2014.

The conference featured master classes from faculty representing 27 participating university dance programs, including classes taught by NIU dance faculty members Judith Chitwood, Auutmn Eckman, Paula Frasz and Brittany Fridenstine-Keefe.

“Let the Groove Get In,” choreographed by dance major DK Bardlette and pre-med major Derrick Judkkins, was one of ten works (out of 48 adjudicated works) chosen for the Gala Concert. The work was performed by DK Bardlette and dance major Linnea Norwood on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Design/Technology major Stephanie Vera was the lighting designer for the work.

“Let the Groove Get In” was also selected as an alternate for the National College Dance Festival held in Washington, DC in June, 2014.

Congratulations DK, Derrick and…

Sculpture Professor Earns Kudos

Michael Rea, assistant professor of sculpture in the NIU School of Art, has received several noteworthy mentions for his current exhibition, entitled "Exile on Main Street." Mike's work can be viewed through April 12 at the Devening Projects and Editions, 3039 West Carroll Street, Chicago.

Mike's work has been featured here in Chicago Art World and here as an SFAQ Pick.

Mike will provide an artist's talk this coming Saturday, March 29, at 3:00 p.m. at the Devening space.

Congratulations, Mike!

Art Education Doctoral Student Helps Regional High School

Teri Giobbia with NIU Art Students
 Teri Giobbia, a doctoral candidate in Art + Design Education in the NIU School of Art, recently served as a consultant with the fine arts faculty of Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Teri's work resulted in the redesign of several of the school's courses to incorporate the use of more technology.

Saint Viator's goal is to encourage students to acquire the 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving. Keeping those in mind, the new curriculum includes a course entitled "iPad Media Arts," in which students will learn to use the iMovie program to hone their skills in video production, animation, and digital photography. "Advanced 2D," another new course, will have students prepare works with traditional media on paper, while also teaching them to create a digital portfolio.The new "Advanced 3D" course will enable students to utilize contemporary technologies…

Guitar Professor Interviewed in Major Jazz Magazine

We're extremely happy to spread the word that Fareed Haque, professor of guitar in the NIU School of Music, is featured in the spring issue of Jazziz Magazine. Fareed was interviewed by Bill Milkowski for the piece. Mr. Milkowski refers to Fareed as having "remarkable fretboard facility" and performing "mind-blowing solos."

The entire piece is available online here. Enjoy!!

Avalon String Quartet Earns Wonderful Review

The Avalon String Quartet, quartet-in-residence at the NIU School of Music, is on a short tour of California. From their recent performances at The Music Guild, reviewer Tony Frankel penned a wonderful review entitled "I Found my Love in Avalon" in Stage and Cinema.

Among several noteworthy remarks, Mr. Frankel states "This is one of the most meticulously amalgamated ensembles I have seen. The training of these focused collaborators - namely with the Juilliard, Emerson and Vermeer Quartets - consistently shows itself in elegance, clarity, blend and give-and-take. They're polished, vibrant, and straightforward but never cheeky."

You may read the entire review here.

Congratulations, Blaise, Marie, Tony and Cheng-Hou!

Guitar Professor Earns Great Review

Fareed Haque, Professor of Guitar in the NIU School of Music, has released his latest recording with his group the Flat Earth Ensemble, entitled Trance Hypothesis.

Trance Hypothesis has received an excellent review in PopMatters, by reviewer Rob Caldwell. About one track Mellow Mood, Caldwell states "The cool, late-nite jazz electronica of the track features tasteful Wes Montgomery licks filtered through a soft-psych prism, plus organ and subtle sitar." Caldwell has much to say about several of the tracks - you can read the entire review here.

Congratulations, Fareed!