In our work with students of percussion and/or other disciplines,
we focus primarily on the innate human ability to communicate through LISTENING.
We create an environment for connecting our hands and our actions using our ears, often retraining our abilities and techniques of coordination. This approach is especially useful in classes with percussion students and young professionals.
Structure includes music making, sharing space and sharing questions, applying real time skill geared to all technical levels.
Using our combined expertise we address individual and collective struggles in the creative process.
Length of residencies are open and flexible.
Studiolab, Penn State University | Dr. Nilam Ram
(2013 – ongoing)
Playing the Archive is a project conceived at the interface between developmental science and musical art. In 2013, percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron joined with professor Nilam Ram and colleagues to create artistic visualizations (photo/video animation), sonifications (music), and materializations (installation/sculpture) of scientific data. Each year, the group selects a set of data archives from studies of human behavior and works to translate those data into artistic forms for presentation in their concert performances, lectures, and gallery exhibitions. Playing the Archive I (2013) and Sans-Axis (2014) initiated and refined a collaborative process for creation and performance/display of new musical scores made from longitudinal data. Workshops that accompanied Banging Out the Data (2015) and Playing the Archive II (2015) explored how audience-participation in construction of sonic graphs provokes extraction of personal meaning from scientific data. Playing the Archive III (2016) presents new works exploring how acts of listening and improvisation may facilitate understanding of data, sound, silence, and emergence of human behavior.
Playing the Archiv 2017
At the Stone, NYC 2010
Joey Baron and Robyn Schulkowsky curated the september 2010 concerts for the Stone.
Among the 50 concerts presented the Duo performed with:
William Parker (bass), Scott Robinson (reeds), Tyshawn Sorey (drums), Bill Frisell (guitar), Ikue Mori (electronics), Christian Wolff (piano), Thomas Morgen (bass), Todd Neufeld (guitar), Herman Snertgart (reeds) Greg Cohen (bass), Jim Staley (trombone), Robert Black (bass), Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Jay Anderson (bass), John Zorn (sax), Shanir Blumenkranz (bass), Ned Rothenberg (reeds), Kenny Wollesen (drums)
with Tyshawn Sorey
Rhythmlab | Grand Central Station, NYC 2005
A series of public performances and rehearsals over a period of two weeks with guests including:
Andrew Cyrille, Sidiki Conde, Cyro Baptista, Tyshawn Sorey, Kenny Wollesen, Bob Stewart, Charles Gayle, Elliot Sharp, Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas.
Beijing, China with Goethe Institut
Krakow Music Conservatory, Poland
Time Based Art Festival, Portland Oregon