Elisa Sereno-Janz - The FiddleLights Project

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 15:00

a red light drawing

Elisa Sereno-Janz - The FiddleLights Project: Visualization of Music Performance

Lambton Tower, Studio A - Friday, May 29, 2015, 3 pm

Elisa Sereno-Janz initiated The FiddleLights Project in 2011 with light recordings of the bow hand movement in fiddle tunes through time lapse photography. Since then it has evolved to include works with processed video and video music featuring her own compositions and performance on violin and viola. Making musical choices that are influenced by the graphic gestures of the bow hand offers a new framework for violin composition. This visual representation of bow hand movement also becomes a new form of kinetic graphic notation for the violin, as the score is visualized in layers of moving lines. This notation is also time-based in a moving, living consequence of the music as it is performed.

The FiddleLights Project has been the focus of a residency at the Noiseborder Multimedia Performance Lab at the University of Windsor in May, 2015. With the assistance of Nic de Cosson and Brent Lee, a system has been developed using Max and Quartz Composer that allows for the visual gestures to be tracked, processed and projected in real time. This presentation will feature a demonstration of the project and the new audiovisual processing system.

Elisa Sereno-Janz is a graduate of Western University in Music Performance (violin) and in Education. She has been active in the Calgary music community as a music educator, fiddler and classical violinist for many years. In 2014 she graduated with a BFA in Drawing from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Her visual art practice includes fibre, painting, and new media. The FiddleLights Project is a synthesis of her creative expression in both visual art and music.