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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view
Monday, March 25, 2013
Blog posting written by: Kimberly Capehart, Documentary Studies and Production ’16, FLEFF Intern, Cherry Hill, NJ
I’ve never been to a film festival.
This news might be surprising to some, especially since I’m currently interning for a film festival, but I am a complete newbie in the festival scene.
But, if there’s one thing I know about film festivals, it’s that they’re about films. Duh, right?
In addition to showing films I’ve learned that festivals, specifically the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, feature a lot of other things. This year’s festival will be bringing in an amazing array of films, guests (like directors, producers, distributors, scholars, etc.), new media artists, and music.
Wait a minute, music at a film festival?
On Tuesday, April 2nd, the Whalen Center for Music will be hosting FLEFF’s Mobilities concert: Carl Orff’s legendary Carmina Burana, performed by musicians from Ithaca and around the world.
Don’t be fooled by the name of the cantata; Carmina Burana is a widely recognized piece of music, and you’ve probably heard it before. The piece’s opening movement, O Fortuna, has been used in hundreds of soundscapes, including scenes in action movies and between plays on Monday Night Football.
The movement can be found on YouTube here, and for Ithaca College students, the cantata can be listened to in its entirety on the Naxos Music Library. I recommend that everyone listen to it at least once before the live performance,
I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to Carmina Burana while I do my homework and, let me tell you, I’ve never felt so empowered while sitting alone in a room.
Each of the movements in Carmina Burana is incredibly varied: not only within the piece, but also in and of itself. Loud, powerful choruses layered with drums and pianos (you read that right, multiple pianos!) follow haunting solos, which, in turn, follow soft instrumentals.
The piece is truly unpredictable and incredibly exciting to listen to – and that’s just through my cheap headphones. I can’t imagine how the piece will sound live.
The free performance will fill up quickly so make sure you get down to the Hockett Recital Hall at the Whalen Center for Music early on April 2nd. Don't miss out on your opportunity to see a very unique performance of this legendary piece. The concert starts at 8:15 pm.
Until then, take a listen to Carmina Burana! How does it make you feel?
Monday, March 18, 2013
Blog posting written by Andrew Ronald, Film, Photography & Visual Arts '15, FLEFF Social Media Manager, Mahopac, New York
You might have heard it while watching the climax to an action-packed movie. You might have heard it in an elegant concert hall. You might have even heard it on The X Factor.
It's intense. It's powerful. And it will move you.
This is the music of Carmina Burana.
Seamless integration between sporadic bursts of energy, rhythm, and triumph, strung together by a haunting echo in the background define this style of music. And despite how startlingly demonic the music may sound, underneath it all, there is something still enchantingly reassuring about it.
Looking up to the lyrics to one of the more popular, well-known songs "O Fortuna," reassured me of this feeling. "…hateful life first oppresses, and then soothes as fancy takes it poverty and power, it melts them like ice." The music isn't meant to be malicious or intimidating...it's meant to be didactic. There's an enlightening truth behind the cyclical nature that defines fate. Carmina Burana's music is meant to serve as a vehicle for this message.
You can hear the music for yourself on Tuesday, April 2 at FLEFF's Concert featuring these particular pieces performed live at the Whalen Center for Music.
What do you interpret after hearing this music?
Monday, March 18, 2013
Blog posting by Karly Placek, Documentary Studies and Production '15, FLEFF Social Media Manager, Monroe, Wisconsin
Gruonet der walt allenthalben! The woods are turning green all over!
Or hopefully they will soon, anyway. As the snow melts and spring here in Ithaca dances towards us, I can't help but get excited for the warm weather and the great events that come with it. For me, spring means that FLEFF is nearly here! During the long winter months, I've had time to reflect upon a musical masterpiece that will be featured in FLEFF this year: Carmina Burana. On Tuesday, April 2, a selection of virtuosos (including not one, but two pianists as well as a 16-piece trombone troop) will perform the cantata live at the Whalen Center for Music. Being a nature enthusiast who loves spring, I am particularly looking forward to the live performance of the seventh movement of the piece: Floret Silva, or The Forest Flowers.
The movement opens in grandiose form, saluting the burgeoning 'noble woods' with a thick array of voices. A musical landscape is painted where the woods are green and welcoming. However, the movement includes frequent decrescendos that hint at something unsettling - a changed, missing lover. Soft, high voices such as flutes and strings make one ponder "uni est antiquus meus amicus?" or "where is the lover I knew?" The slow reverence snaps into a quick tempo that reminds us again of the nature around us. Short staccato string voices almost seem like little bounding deer in our lively woods. Our lover may be missing, but we have enough nature for company!
I can't wait to hear how this movement will be represented in the live performance. What are you looking forward to this spring?
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Blog Posting written by Meagan McGinnes, Journalism '14, FLEFF intern, Norwood, MA
Even the most unrelated topics become related, weaved together in lively and interesting way. It is the magic of FLEFF, stringing things together to make unexpected, but wonderful sense.
Example: combining a film festival with a musical concert.
Brad Hougham, assistant professor for performance studies (voice), said this concert is one of his favorites to perform in because of his musical freedom. And, man, did he use that freedom!
The repertoire includes pieces utilizing an orchestra, organ, harpsichord, cello, piano and more. The material spans from lullabies to gospel. At times, they vocally will be trying to sound like other instruments to add an interesting and cool effect.
These pieces vary in rhythms, harmonies and dissonance. Just by listening there would be no obvious connection. Yet, the differences create intrigue. Intrigue leads to conversation. Conversation leads to community. Communities lead to microtopias.
“What you see will be something different than you could have possibly ever imagined,” Hougham said.
The same can be said about the FLEFF festival: it will be different than you ever imagined. FLEFF brings a diverse group of people with imaginative minds, creating a responsive environment. And what can move people to responsiveness more than music, an art form known for stirring emotions and kindling a spark in the soul.
“I love bringing excellent music to life in a different way so old music can speak to people,” Hougham said.
Music, similar to microtopias, is fragmented and yet it can come together. It is a safe place to push boundaries, to question the preconceived and to create textures both vibrant and new.
Has music ever moved you to responsiveness? What material's texture do you feel best exemplifies the "texture" of FLEFF?