The Hop’s latest STEM Arts composer shares work that investigates the extraordinarily layered systems of communication that exist in forests, both above ground and below. Understory is an exploration of both the complicated story embedded in the Dartmouth grounds and of our own human capacity for awareness and responsiveness. It examines the continually evolving relationship we have to the lands we inhabit. Relying on their own deeply rooted connections as a musical community, the 50+ singers of the versatile and polished Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform this conductor-less piece as a live sound installation in the newly renovated lobby of the Hood Museum of Art. The audience will choose their own path through the forest of singers.
Understory was created in collaboration with Dartmouth’s Environmental Studies and Native American Studies programs. An internationally recognized violinist, singer, improvisor and composer whose collaborators have included Brooklyn Rider, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Tom Waits and the International Contemporary Ensemble, Kihlstedt is the Hop’s fourth STEM Arts composer, following composers who were in residence in the Departments of Biology and Mathematics and the Thayer School of Engineering.