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Bee-Sharp HoneyBee : Bee the Buzz

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Live Music Performance and Synchronization to Stop-Motion Creations

Featuring musicians Jacqueline Ultan on cello and resident composer Rae Howell on accordion. Exploring musical patterns and observations derived from the field recordings, the duo will sync live music with brand new Bee-Sharp stop-motion and 2D animations, to create a Swarm of the Month...

Bee-Sharp Honeybee is a brand new music and animation project currently in development. Inspired by the sound of the bee-buzz, it's an ambitious project, which will culminate in a live string orchestra work, to be performed with a live stream of bees and animated visuals, derived from hand-illustrated graphic scores. Foremost, it's a contribution to help spread the word about bee culture, promote bee research and educate the public about the importance of bees to human survival.

The initial music sketches (composed by Rae Howell) and short documentary of the initial research process (directed by Deacon Warner) are hot off the press!! These Res Box events explore the film, the music making, and the animation creation, featuring interactive and behind-the-scenes activities to give you a real-time experience of the development of Bee-Sharp Honeybee.

Jacqueline Ultan

Jacqueline Ultan is a performing cellist, composer and improviser with a versatility that is reflected in the diversity of her artistic collaborations that include drum/cello quartet Jelloslave; Mirrorlands (Persian fusion), pop/rock band The Starfolk; improvising collective Sans le System/ iNMiGRATiON; Douglas Ewarts' Quasar; Siama’s Congo World Quartet; flute/cello duo J2J; and free improv ensemble Antigravity. Jacqueline has recorded and collaborated extensively with local and national theater, dance, pop, rock, and new music artists including Kill The Vultures, Roma di Luna, The Jayhawks, Dan Wilson, E. Carlos Sakai, Huun Hur Tu and Kevin Kling. Jacqueline has been recognized with several grants and awards including both MacPhail Artist and Commissioning Grants; MRAC Next Step Fund; McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship; MN State Arts Board Arts Tour MN (Jelloslave) and a Subito Grant from the American Composer’s Forum. In 2011, she was invited to be a featured artist for the inaugural 416 Club Commission Series with support from the Jerome Foundation, at The Cedar Cultural Center. Jacqueline has also composed music for and participated in TED TALKS! Conferences in Minneapolis and L.A. A dedicated teacher on faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music and Minneapolis’ Community and Technical College, Jacqueline holds a Masters Degree in Cello Performance from Yale University.

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