$15 // all ages
Thalia Hall is proud to partner with Illinois Humanities to present the Chicago premier of the collaborative music and dance piece, ‘Storing The Winter’ featuring Miguel Gutierrez and Mind Over Mirrors. This performance will be the first of its kind in Thalia Hall. Miguel Gutierrez and Mind Over Mirrors will be situated on the main floor with the audience encircling them, offering up 360 degrees of viewing options for attendees, featuring lighting design by Lenore Doxsee.
On Monday, April 18th, Miguel Gutierrez and Jaime Fennelly will be joined in conversation by David Ravel of Alverno Presents for a look inside their collaborative practice. The discussion will be held at Beauty Bar (1444 W. Chicago Ave) at 8:30pm and will lead directly into Salonathon, a weekly evening of curated genre-defying performance. Both the conversation and Salonathon are free and open to the public. More information can be found at http://www.ilhumanities.org.
ABOUT THE WORK
Miguel Gutierrez and Jaime Fennelly (aka Mind Over Mirrors) met in the pine forests of the American South in summer of 2001. Taking refuge in the top story of a run down Bushwick, Brooklyn warehouse that Fall, they sonically and viscerally hammered away for the next four years at the mountains of detritus that had been left there before them, sculpting their own assemblage of self-sabotage actions up and down the Eastern seaboard and Europe. Eight years gone, reconfigured with their collective shovel dug deep, they are Storing the Winter. Storing the Winter has been performed at Issue Project Room, NYC (2012), American Realness, NYC (2013), TAP Theater, Poitiers, FR (2013), Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR (2014), Charlotte Street Foundation at La Esquina, Kansas City, MO (2014)
“Storing the Winter,” …, proved to be my best discovery of the festival.” – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
“What makes Fennelly’s work rise above homage is his use of Indian pedal harmonium, which cuts through his web of tape delays and synths and gives “Storing the Winter” a singular timbre.” – Pitchfork
“Returning to pure dance again, Gutierrez becomes more bound and internal. An evolution, a rite of passage. Storing the Winter works in the realm of the energetic and kinetic.”-Julie Potter, Culturebytes.org
“The sonic drapery that Mind Over Mirrors hangs is a perfect canvas for someone who uses their body to make visual art. It’s a wide-open vista on which a dancer can paint all kinds of colors… the pair want to explore “the all-consuming corporeality of sound,” which is nearly a perfect phrase for the effect Mind Over Mirrors’ music has on me.” – Marc Masters, Culturebot.org
Mind Over Mirrors, the evolving project of Jaime Fennelly deploys modest acoustic constituent materials—an Indian pedal harmonium— layered with classic analog synthesizers and tape delays to produce roiling, meditative music that both simulates the swells and troughs of synthesized electronics and conjures the ceaseless rhythms of tidal surges. Folklorist Brendan Greaves may have best summed up Mind Over Mirrors’ “referential compass points—G.I. Gurdjieff’s harmonium improvisations; certain particularly harmonically viscous recordings of Sacred Harp singers; Edward Artemiev’s soundtracks to Tarkovsky films—in its patience, its simultaneously formal and folk aspects, and its sheer,
unabashed (if intermittently anxious) beauty, it doesn’t sound much like anything else being made today.” Though Fennelly now resides in Chicago, Mind Over Mirrors emerged during a three-year period from 2007-2010 while he was living on a remote island in the Salish Sea of Washington State. Since then, he has released recordings on Immune as well as Digitalis, Hands In the Dark, and Aguirre/Gift Tapes. Paradise of Bachelors will be releasing Fennelly’s next album in 2017. In the early 2000’s, Fennelly co-founded the iconoclastic group Peeesseye (with guitarist Chris Forsyth and drummer/visual artist Fritz Welch) and received his MFA in Sound/Music at Milton Avery School of the Arts at Bard College under the guidance of Maryanne Amacher, amongst other sonic luminaries. http://www.mindovermirrors.com
Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances. His most recent body of work is the Age & Beauty series, a meditation on queerness, artmaking and middle age. His work has been presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, the Fisher Center for the Arts at Bard College, New York Live Arts, Crossing the Line Festival, American Realness, On the Boards, Walker Art Center, PICA’s TBA Festival, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Kampnagel, Pompidou Centre, ImPuls Tanz and many other venues. His work has received support from MAP Fund, National Dance Project, National Performance Network, Jerome Foundation and Creative Capital, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art, United States Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, and Lambent Foundation. He has choreographed music videos for
Diane Cluck, Holcombe Waller and Le Tigre, has released an EP as The Belleville, and has sung with Antony and the Johnsons, My Robot Friend, Justin Vivian Bond and Nick Hallett. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press and he writes a blog at Stargayze.com. HIs work is discussed in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, and is a guild certified Feldenkrais Method practitioner. http://www.miguelgutierrez.org