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The Akros Percussion Collective Presents Snap, Crackle, Pop! at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: October 2008

Akron, Ohio, October 10, 2008 — Snap, crackle, pop! – Visitors will hear these sounds turn into music on Sunday, November 2, when the Akros Percussion Collective presents an intimate concert and lecture, 2 – 4 pm, at the Akron Art Museum. The collective will demonstrate how contemporary composers like John Cage and James Tenney used door buzzers, turn tables, brake drums, bongos and tin cans to create some of the most innovative and classical music of the 20th century.

Known for their use of unconventional instruments, the Akros Percussion Collective incorporates everyday objects into their music to create experimental compositions. Founded in fall of 2006, the Akros Percussion Collective is an all-percussive chamber group that has collaborated with such luminaries as Julio Estrada, John Luther Adams and Stuart Saunders Smith. Their eclectic nature has led them to perform in unusual sites such as a former ice and coal complex and a meadow in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

This event is free to the public with first-come-first-serve seating in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium.

Also, check out the museum’s latest exhibit Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines At Play, on view until January 4, 2009. Similar to the Akros Percussion Collective, artist Jean-Pierre Gauthier utilizes unorthodox objects to create kinetic sound installations. Composed of repurposed hardware and electronics store castoffs, his installations move, chirp, swish and even draw. Gauthier considers his building materials as instruments, and credits John Cage as an influence on his music and works.

For more information on Snap, Crackle, Pop!, visit www.AkronArtMuseum.org or call 330.376.9186 x229.

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Phone: 330.376.9186 x229
Email:dcaruso@AkronArtMuseum.org

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