Cineshape 2017-06-24T13:04:54+00:00

Project Description

Performance (2016)

The five original musical compositions in the Cineshape series, with a unique instrumental combination of one to seven players, is based on a close and selective reading of a different film. The compositional process involved identifying elements in these films that are not exclusive or explicit to the films, such as motifs, atmospheric qualities and abstract structural models. The objective is not to translate the literal narrative content of the original work nor is it to provide new soundtracks for the existing films. Instead, the Cineshape pieces re-conceptualize specific components of each film to create original materials that are, in turn, specific to music. In an attempt to create something original out of an existing artwork, without appropriation, quotation, or much narrative reference, unique relationships have been developed between those technical and formal elements that are shared in films and music.

The video was developed through a close collaboration with the composer and video artist. Henderson’s five new videos will be performed live and are inspired by the original music and films. In addition, much of the imagery is the result of collaborations with scientists at the University of Pittsburgh that are researching extremely fast, extremely small, and exquisitely ordered things.


May 4, 2016 – 7pm and 8:30pm
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh, PA
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May 1, 2016 – 2pm
Burchfield-Penney Art Center
Buffalo, NY
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May 3, 2016 – 8pm
Hatch Recital Hall
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
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Music: Amy Williams
Video: Aaron Henderson

Performed by Lindsey Goodman (flute), JACK Quartet, Scott Christian (percussion) and Amy Williams (piano)


Presented by Music on the Edge, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Year of the Humanities