Rochester Fringe Festival, Day 12: ‘FringeTalk,’ ‘Worlds Collide,’ and ‘Pop Go the Bells’ | Rochester Fringe Festival

The ninth KeyBank Rochester Fringe Pageant comes to a provisional shut after Saturday’s displays. All of the performances have been virtual, as we’ve been reminding people today during the festival’s twelve times. Nevertheless while the scheduled events will be absent, the on-need displays — which are actually the bulk of the festival — will linger a while in the cloud. By paying for a ticket right before the close of Rochester Fringe on Saturday, you can observe that display through Oct. ten. The program, and tickets, are at rochesterfringe.com.

As producer Erica Charge, and her guests this 7 days on “FringeTalk” noted, we’ll have to get employed to a hybrid presentation of the arts. And as the pursuing critiques of “Worlds Collide” and “Pop Go the Bells” demonstrate, that technique may perhaps operate.

‘FringeTalk’ explores ‘multi-layered insanity’

With 1 formal day, Saturday, remaining for Rochester Fringe, “I believe the dilemma is, ‘What did not we learn?’” Charge says.

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  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Pageant Producer Erica Charge.

All over the summertime, fringe festivals all over the world as opposed notes as they superior, practically, through the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. “Everyone was actually in the foxhole collectively,” Charge stated Friday afternoon. She’d been listening to from fringe festivals that had presently absent through the knowledge that, even without the crowds, meals vans, and weather of a classic festival, placing on a virtual festival was more durable.

“How could it be?” Charge stated she considered.

“They ended up a hundred per cent correct.”

Environment aside a handful of cancellations, the ninth once-a-year Rochester Fringe was a hundred and seventy productions. “We’re just so happy we are in a position to present a system for artists,” Charge stated, “because they basically have practically nothing.”

It is a determination that she has seen in other arts businesses during Rochester. Positioning the emphasis on “people, in excess of building money.”

And there is a constructive to events these kinds of as Rochester Fringe heading virtual, she stated. It will be found in “the sum of people today we could achieve that we could hardly ever achieve right before.”

Even as there are complex and social stumbles as, “The audience is learning how to knowledge these virtual events,” she stated.

Virtual arts can continue to be social, Charge stated, pointing to an out of doors, socially-distanced accumulating she listened to of that was planned for Saturday night time, with Fringe displays projected on screens.

A return to community arts will be a heavy lift, Charge stated. “When we re-open, it’s just not heading to be the identical, we’re not turning the clock back again to 2019.”

Astonishingly, Dr. Stuart Weiss — an celebration health care skilled and CEO of Intelligent Crowd Alternatives — stated that out of doors events, with right social distancing, appear secure. Even now, as we’re all browsing for snow shovels. Weiss was a component of Thursday night’s “FringeTalk,” a session termed “Predicting the Foreseeable future? The Undertaking Arts in 2021.”



What’s not heading to take place shortly, Weiss predicted, are in-particular person, indoor events. Not up coming summertime, and probably not even into the drop.

“We’re undoubtedly at a crisis level,” stated Lisa Richards Toney, the CEO of the Association of Undertaking Arts Pros. Also a member of the “FringeTalk” panel, she stated, “Our business is struggling, there’s no question about that. Quite a few people today are not doing work, they really do not know when they will be in a position to operate, and it’s pretty frightening.”

Reside-streaming arts, Toney stated, will grow to be a component of the new hybrid product of enjoyment: Reside and virtual.

Steven Adelman of Occasion Security Alliance was significantly a lot more agitated as he noted what has been stated by a lot of people today, that the arts was the 1st business to shut with the arrival of COVID-19, and it will be the past to re-open. He cited the “multi-layered insanity” of point out and federal recommendations.

“I really do not recognize why out of doors festivals can’t open,” he stated, “but, I really do not know, Halloween hayrides can.”

‘Worlds Collide’ is, without a doubt, ‘most unusual’

I’m sorry this critique is three decades late. A little something came up.

“Worlds Collide” is a wonderful fusion performed out on the Eastman University of Music’s Kilbourn Hall stage. The worlds in collision that creators Dave Rivello and Shawn Drogan have in mind is the analog of brass, reeds, strings, and percussion, and the electronic of synthesizers, audio samples, effects pedals, and the coils of cables, lying like snakes at the feet of the musicians.

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  • Dave Rivello (still left) and Shawn Drogan of “Worlds Collide.”

But the collision, 1 of a lot of Rochester Fringe displays that will remain on need until eventually Oct. ten, also requires the worlds of jazz, rock, classical, and New-Age atmosphere. If I advised you “Worlds Collide” is a lengthy-lost ’70s fusion collaboration in between Chick Corea and Sure keyboardist Rick Wakeman, you would believe that me.

Rivello is assistant professor of Jazz Reports and Modern day Media at Eastman University of Tunes. He’s also a composer and arranger of complex parts, including co-creating the Gil Evans Project’s “Lines of Color” in 2015, which acquired a Grammy nomination for Very best Massive Jazz Ensemble Album.

Drogan is a Rochester drummer, producer, and electronic musician who has performed in a number of nearby bands, including his duo “The Manhattan Challenge.”

The 45-minute “Worlds Collide,” executed by an eleven-piece group, is practically seamless. Shot by multiple cameras, the backdrop of the online video is bathed in blues and purples, presented beneath Buffalo visual artist Armageddon Party’s projected geometric and psychedelic photos — and huge bees — on screens and the Kilbourn proscenium.

Propelled by shimmering, metronomic beats, the audio hardly ever stays in 1 place for lengthy. Multi-chromatic levels of swooping synths twitter like locusts in excess of Anna Dunlap’s meditative harp pensive droplets of audio and wind chime-like crystalline notes are the anticipatory quiet right before an approaching storm. The trumpets of Mike Kaupa and Charlie Carr emerge like Miles Davis for a solo right before supplying way to electrical piano. Brief snatches of dialogue are overheard, from what appears to be like a sci-fi film — “very strange… most unusual…”

The lack of social distancing amongst the musicians onstage, and audience applause throughout the display, is your clue that this efficiency occurred prior to the coronavirus pandemic. In truth, it is a recording from the 2017 Rochester Fringe, presented just a day or two right before I was laid off by the nearby day by day newspaper.

Which explains why this critique is three decades late.

“Worlds Collide” is out there for totally free, streaming on need at rochesterfringe.com. All ages.

Beatles bells

Sandy Gianniny’s “Pop Go the Bells” is an case in point of how virtual arts can operate. A harp musician and teacher, she has also been actively playing the chimes at Third Presbyterian Church on East Avenue for two decades.

The fourteen bells are trapped by hammers, attached by cables, attached to levers, shoved by Gianniny as she stands on a system halfway up the brick bell tower. For this display, yet another on-need 1 out there through Oct. ten, Giannini forgoes the religious tunes in favor of common pop songs. “Summertime,” “Over the Rainbow” and 5 tunes associated with the Beatles, including “Imagine” and “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.”

But without a digicam, and the virtual presentation, the audience would hardly ever get a glimpse of Gianniny in the tower, doing work all those levers, creating the ringing of all those bells, a audio pealing up and down East Avenue.

“Pop Go the Bells” is out there for totally free and on need by way of rochesterfringe.com. All ages.

Jeff Spevak is WXXI’s arts and daily life editor and reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

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