The Atlanta Contemporary Ensemble is a mixed chamber orchestra specializing in avant-garde music and the pioneering of living composers both locally and internationally.
ACE combines live music with powerful dance, choreographed by the highly skilled members of the Suhka Artists and Prime Movers contemporary dance companies.
Amy Wilson is a conductor living in Atlanta who has conducted orchestras throughout the United States, Mexico, and Europe. Currently, she is the Music Director of the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Musicians Orchestra. This summer she is guest conducting with Diversita Opera Arts.
Amy has appeared as a guest conductor with the Agnes Scott College-Community Orchestra, Atlanta Musicians Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra, and the Warner Robins Air Force Band. She has worked with internationally renowned soloists including Kenn Wagner, Christina Smith, and Justin Bruns. She is collaborating with Julie Coucheron this spring with Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra. Amy has been on television, radio including WABE, and has had an article written about work with Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra in David magazine. In 2005, Amy was named the winner of the International Conductors Workshop and Competition.
Amy has studied with such distinguished conductors as Robert Spano, Adrian Gnam, Gustav Meier, Jesús López-Cobos, Anshel Brusilow, and Wayne Wyman. She holds a degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and advanced degrees from the University of North Texas, and Mercer University. Robert Spano is composing a new work to be premiered by the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra in 2019. For more information visit http://www.amymwilson.com/
Okorie Johnson is an Atlanta based cellist and composer who has performed and/or recorded with De La soul, India.Arie, Anthony David, Doria Roberts, Callaghan, Victoria Canal and many others. 2015 saw the debut of Okorie’s first solo-cello concert-series, Epi.phony – a multi-city, 12-show development of the relationship between solo-cello, live-sound-looping, and improvisation. This series produced the track list for his first solo cd, Liminal, which was released in 2016 and is available on all major music download platforms. For more information check out his website at www.okcello.com
Suhka Artists creates a poetic expression of movement, illustrating deep, rousing investigations regarding identity and historical narratives. Through the vehicle of modern dance, Tricia’s work communicates perspectives with depth and style that capture the viewer with evocative physicality, emotional range and technical feats. More information at https://sukhaartistdevelopmentstudios.weebly.com/
Born in Syria in 1966, Nabil Mousa emigrated to the United States with his conservative Christian family at the age of 12. After a career in business, in the 2000s he turned to the visual arts, particularly painting. This decision coincided with two important events, one public and one personal: first, the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. were a seminal moment in U.S. and global history. The fall of the twin towers ushered in an era of stigmatization and suspicion of people of Arab backgrounds, particularly in Western countries, as well as an on-going period of religious fundamentalism and intolerance. Second, when he decided to no longer live as a closeted gay man, Mousa came out to his family—resulting in his family rejecting him.
Much of Mousa’s work reflects directly or indirectly on these personally significant events and have been springboards for his ongoing commitment to arts activism in the name of social justice. Paralleling these efforts, he has drawn upon his ability as a colorist and gestural abstractionist to investigate concepts of beauty, often inspired by Arab visual culture. He is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia, where his practice has expanded beyond painting to sculpture, printmaking, performance, and community engagement.
In recent years, Nabil Mousa’s work has received national attention: in 2015, his sculpture Paradise Built on the Bones of the Slaughtered, was scheduled to be installed in the Grand Rapids City Hall in Michigan as part of esteemed ArtPrize® Seven International Art Competition. Mimicking the forms of the World Trade Center and strewn with burnt pages of the Torah, Bible, and Quran, the sculpture was never installed in fear of controversy. This action by the Grand Rapids city government received copious media coverage. In 2017-18, Mousa installed his solo exhibition, American Landscapes, at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. This series of paintings explored LGBTQ civil rights, including the struggle for gay marriage in the United States. Mousa’s position as a gay, Arab-American artist resulted in front page coverage of The New York Times Sunday art section.
Visit his website at http://www.nabilmousa.com/
Bora Moon - clarinet
Matthieu Clavé - flute
Caleb Herron - percussion
Martha Oceguera - viola
Katie Gardner Otwell - violin
Ben Shirley - 'cello
Pictures At An Exhibiton
June 7th 2019 7:00 p.m.
Out Front Theater Company, 999 Brady Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
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