Past Event

Sound, Architecture and Music

Series Host: Tim Porter

In this four-part program with music and visual illustrations, Tim Porter on mandolin will be joined by guitarist Joe Selly and bassist Don Byron. The group will explore concepts, principles and elements common to both the design of physical objects, like the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, and the structure of music such as that of Miles Davis. With its principal musical focus on jazz, the program will examine how elements such as space, time, color, contrast, texture, shape, motion, proportionality and perspective are similarly conveyed, and how artistic and historical periods influence similar aesthetic expressions in diverse fields.

Sound, Architecture and Music
Concert and Conversation
$10.00 Suggested Donation

Porter will introduce key concepts and explore how jazz encompasses a wide range of aesthetic and design ideas. He will examine the millennia-old connection between music and architecture and the notion of sound as a spatial event and architecture as frozen music. Participants will discover the similarity of the “pared-down aesthetic” of Miles Davis and that of other modernists like the “less is more” philosophy of Mies van der Rohe.