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‘Multimedia Marathon’ part of ‘A Little More Summer Music, Please’

By Staff | Jun 16, 2011

World-renowned vibraphonist and composer Emil Richards will debut “Paint to This, Play to That” at the “Multimedia Marathon.”

MAKAWAO — Ebb & Flow Arts will present a series of free events on Maui from June 20 to July 23 in “A Little More Summer Music, Please.”

The series will feature renowned musicians, artists and dancers in cutting-edge multimedia events, chamber concerts and electronic music.

“We are delighted to continue our statewide exploration of the avant-garde in music and art,” said Ebb & Flow Arts Director Robert Pollock.

“Over the years, our North South East West Festivals prove to be international sounding boards and mirrors for the finest talent both within Hawaii and elsewhere around the globe.”

Maui’s events will begin on Friday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. with a “Multimedia Marathon” at Seabury Hall Performing Arts Center, 480 Olinda Road.

Winston Choi and Minghuan Xu will perform at “Duo Diorama.”

Special guests will include Emil Richards, vibraphonist/composer; John Zangrando, woodwinds; Bob Harrison, bass; Paul Marchetti, percussion; painters Tony Walholm, Frances Ku, Piero Resta, Michael Takemoto and Martha Woodbury; and dancers Lisa Gagnon and Hallie Hunt-Armato.

Works will include the world premiere of “Paint to This, Play to That” by Emil Richards (painting to real time music), multimedia experiments with audience participation; the Hawaii premiere of Pollock’s “Vibiano” for vibraphone and piano; and jazz selections by Maui Jazz Quartet.

A special realtime photo collage of the event will be created by artist and radio personality Bill Best.

On Saturday, July 9, “Duo Diorama” is slated at the Seabury Hall Performing Arts Center.

A discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m.

The show will feature celebrated musicians MingHuan Xuon (violin) and Winston Choi (pianist); and works by John Melby of Massachusetts (who will be present), Maurice Ravel, Burton Beerman (a special multimedia production) and others.

“Battle of the Pianists” will be held Saturday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maui Music Conservatory at Queen Ka’ahumanu Center.

Area pianists Ruth Murata, Lotus Dancer, Robert Pollock, Beatrice Scorby, Karyn Sarring and Peiling Lin, plus special guests Winston Choi and others, will perform pieces works by Igor Stravinsky, Simeon ten Holt, Anne Ku, Percy Grainger, Maurice Ravel and others. A special composition for the occasion will feature eight pianists on four pianos.

For information, visit www.ebbandflowarts.org or call (808) 876-1854.