This November I’m working with composer Jim Funkhouser at Baker University on an new and fantastic collaborative project:
In conjunction with Baker University and the Holt-Russell Gallery, Kerry Hirth and the Hilliard Gallery are pleased to announce the work of Kerry Hirth in collaboration with Baker University faculty member, conductor, and composer Jim Funkhouser for a gallery opening and musical recital titled, For a Hundred Years. This collaboration includes a month-long exhibition of new works by Kerry and a recital and artist talk premiering new music by Jim Funkhouser. Kerry will discuss the relationship between music and visual art, and the great power of color, images, and language in visual music. Both the artist and composer respond to themes in the epic poem The Wanderings of Oisin, by William Butler Yeats. For a Hundred Years comes from a refrain in the epic, which tells the story of Oisin, a mortal king, and the span of time he lived in perfection in an undying land. Music and visual art thread together a story of living, dying, and the exceptional synthesis of experience in between.
This collaborative effort will show the artwork of Kerry Hirth which was produced from her interpretations of the musical scores of Jim Funkhouser. There is something profound, immediate, and powerful in that relationship between music and visual art – and it has something to do with time. Since sounds, pitches, and harmonies in music do not exist outside of a time frame in which they occur, music can provide the basis for our perception that time has passed. Baker University will add to its permanent collection, one of these pieces of artwork created for this visual showing and musical recital collaboration, to be displayed at the Baldwin City campus.