New School Jazz student Dominic Mekky (piano) presents his senior recital.
The show will ideally straddle the line between installation and performance, and provide a very immersive environment for the audience. There will be three pre-recorded sound compositions totaling 35 minutes in length that will play straight through, without pause, from monitors that will be placed around the room, simulating surround. It is being designed not as a standalone piece, but as something reliant on live instrumentation. The other players and Dominic will essentially be improvising along with it, based on instructions written out in timed "scores".
The players/instrumentation are:
Levon Henry-Saxophone (doubling clarinet)
Eric Read-Orchestral perc (bass drum, gong, chimes, crotales, vibraphone, etc.)
Alex Kirkpatrick-Drum set
Jay Rudolph-“Other” percussion (objects such as pots, coins, a bike wheel, etc.)
Cameron Kapoor-Electric guitar (running from two amplifiers)
The instrumentalists (all but Dominic) will not be on stage, but stationed throughout the room, surrounding the audience. There will be abstract video to accompany the piece, designed by a friend. The audience will be seated normally, but encouraged to stand or wander if they please, because the experience will inevitably differ depending on one’s position in the room.
Dominic Mekky is a musician living and studying in New York City. In his time at The New School he has branched off in many different musical directions from his beginnings as a jazz-focused pianist. While continuing to play piano (and live electronics) in various NY based groups, he has also focused heavily on composition (he has scored films and is currently working on an opera with close friend and New School alumnus Francois Rousseau) and sound design (for many of his peers’ projects, standalone installation art pieces, and his own personal work). For his senior “thesis” recital, he plans to merge all of these skill areas into a singular “performance-installation” piece. Upon graduation, he plans to continue living and working out of New York and eventually pursue a graduate education in classical composition.