Ekene Ijeoma’s Deconstructed Anthems

Event Date: August 9
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago
Chicago premiere of Ekene Ijeoma’s Deconstructed Anthems.

About this Event

Friday & Saturday August 9 – 10

Public Program: Sound and Performance

Ekene Ijeoma’s Deconstructed Anthems

Artist Ekene Ijeoma’s Deconstructed Anthems is an ongoing series of music performances and installations in which a self-playing piano and/or musicians deconstruct “The Star-Spangled Banner,” repeating it multiple times, removing notes at the rate of mass incarceration in The United States, and ending in silence. Deconstructed Anthems will be presented as a player piano installed in The Arts Club’s gallery, performing multiple 45-minute data-driven deconstructions of a traditional arrangement of the national anthem by itself throughout the day and a live performance of a deconstruction of a jazz arrangement in collaboration with Chicago-based pianist and composer Alexis Lombre. Following Lombre’s performance, the player piano will continue performing throughout Saturday (from 11 am – 3 pm).

Ijeoma, an artist working at the intersections of life experiences and data studies, poetic acts and analytic insights, and aesthetic quality and social efficacy, will discuss the work at 1 pm on Saturday.

Free & open to all


Friday 11am – 6pm Player Piano Activation in Gallery at The Arts Club

Friday 6pm – Performance by Pianist Alexis Lombre

Saturday 11am – 3pm Player Piano Activation in Gallery

Saturday 1pm – Conversation with Ekene Ijeoma

Photo credit: Katrina Barber

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Posted July 2, 2019
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