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Wex[EP]: Sonic Arts Ensemble

Into the Multiverse 


The Sonic Arts Ensemble joins remotely with performers from around the world—including The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker—for a special one-night livestreamed event.

Though traditionally centered in Columbus, Ohio, for this performance the ensemble will join remotely with performers in New York, Argentina, Indianapolis, and Florida. The performers include directors and founding members Marc Ainger and Ann Stimson (laptop and flute—Columbus); codirector Fede Camara Halac (electronics—Argentina); Norah Zuniga Shaw (voice and movement—Columbus); Oded Huberman (laptop, live video—Columbus); Ohio State Grad Fellow Jacob Kopcienski (altered saxophone and electronics—Hilliard); Berenice Llorens (guitar—Argentina); Madeliene Shappiro (cello—New York); Ohio State alum James Croson (piano—Florida); Ohio State alum Joe Sferra (clarinet—New York); and Scott Deal (vibraphone, percussion—Indianapolis).

Joining the ensemble will be featured performer The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker. Baker is a New Renaissance Artist who embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.

This performance constitutes various remote performance spaces, creating an ensemble performance through a combination of through-composed, semiscored, and real-time composition. The performance is made possible through new conceptual approaches to remote network performance, along with the development of new software and hardware that enable these conceptual approaches (developed through a collaboration with Ohio State's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design, School of Music, Department of Dance, and College of Science and Engineering).

Through a special partnership with the Wexner Center for the Arts, audio and video from the various performance locations will be mixed centrally in the center's Black Box, where it will be streamed live.

More about Wex[EP]
As today’s vocabulary has expanded to include “social distancing” and “essential businesses,” the Wex has entered into a conversation with some of our favorite artists to bring you Essential Performances.

With a nod to the short-form, often experimental nature of extended-play records, the Wex[EP] series seeks to document a facet of each artist’s practice and explore innovative ways of communing with one another during this rupture of routine.

Join us this fall as we chart a better tomorrow with the thinkers, players, movers, and makers to whom we continue to look for joy and inspiration. If you are able, please consider supporting each artist by using the links located on this page.

View the Wex[EP] lineup.

Five musicians onstage, from left a man uses an iPad, a woman plays flute, a seated woman plays cello, in foreground a man sits at a laptop, and on far right a woman uses an iPad

Sonic Arts Ensemble | Image courtesy of the artists

Image of a Sonic Arts Ensemble member bathed in purple light standing next to a small spotlight

The Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker | Image courtesy of the artist

Two musicians bathed in red light, on the left one plays a flute on the right one is seated playing the cello

Sonic Arts Ensemble | Image courtesy of the artists

Black and white image of a member of Sonic Arts Ensemble looking down at a soundboard and iPad

Sonic Arts Ensemble | Image courtesy of the artists

Greater Columbus Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington Bank
Nationwide Foundation

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Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation


Past Performing Arts

Wex[EP]: Sonic Arts Ensemble