The Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico presents a special music and dance, "Strange Angels," with Harwood Artist-in-Residence, composer and musician Paul Elwood on Thursday, June 24 at 8 p.m. Through sound and dance, the program explores paranormal phenomena related to the Southwest.
Featuring 10 musicians, choreographers and dancers from the United States and France, the concert benefits the Harwood's Art in the Schools Program. Tickets are $15 for Harwood Alliance members, $20 nonmembers. Tickets will be available in the Museum Shop beginning Tuesday, June 1.
The idea for "Strange Angels" grew out of conversations between Elwood and French saxophonist Raphael Imbert, who is interested in the psychology of those who have paranormal experiences. Elwood said, "The Southwest seems replete with stories of UFOs and other interesting paranormal phenomena. In my own imaginings I have conjured up songs about mysterious lights over Texas – long before I knew about the Marfa Lights – about UFOs over New Zealand, and about characters who sell their children to UFO aliens (inspired by a tabloid headline). I do believe in a common archetypal subconscious heritage that we all share. In modern times our dreams and memories seem to be of a more technological nature, i.e., UFOs. Ghosts of course have long inhabited our dark subconscious, whether real or imagined."
The concert includes work by dancers/choreographers Monte and Christine Black, the world premiere of "The Fourth Dimension of Memory," songs about driving across the desert in the wake of UFOs. Musicians include Ben Wright, Chipper Thompson, Mark Dudrow, Susan Mayo, Kelly Werts, Jessi Rosinski, Jon Gudmundson, Sara Heimbecker, Elwood and Imbert.
The Harwood's Art in the Schools Program serves more than 300 school children monthly. As a special benefit, concert goers can register for free art childcare during the event – a movie and art making.
The Harwood Museum of Art of UNM, at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos, N.M., is open during the summer Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $8, or free on Sundays to Taos County residents. Visit harwoodmuseum.org.
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