ARC, Audio Reactive Cinema / Experimental Opera
ARC 2 - 2019
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Interactive systems and Video design by Mike McGuirk
ARC 1 - 2018
ARC stands for audio reactive cinema. It is a story and a visually immersive opera experience.
Mike explores live music performance through a collaboration of opera and cinema in an outdoor garden setting. An abstract love story is told using oral tradition and stock footage, juxtaposing the conventions of what is popular with raw human emotion. In a world of commercialized romance, virtual living, and monetized escapism, Arc explores truth and our understanding of what is real.
Mike McGuirk, filmmaker
Erin Alcorn, soprano
Ting Ting Wong, piano
Enas Tayyem, painter
Paul Giess, trumpet
Julian Hartwell, piano
Produced by David Sliski
The program is designed to give university students and entrepreneurs an unusual opportunity to intimately connect with music and cinema through a unique program coined ARC, created by filmmaker Mike McGuirk and opera singer Erin Alcorn.
Saturday, September 22 (Rain Date Oct 13)
Guests will be private messaged the location for this event.
6:00 PM | DINNER & LIVE JAZZ
7:00 PM | IMMERSIVE OPERA BEGINS
8:00 PM | MEET THE ARTISTS
MICHAEL MCGURIK, FILMMAKER
Mike’s current work explores pressing issues in society through narrative storytelling and has been featured at screenings, including The Social Justice Film Festival, Washington; Festival de Cannes, France; and the Sarasota Film Festival, Florida. He is Masters student at the David Lynch of Cinematic Art and alumnus of Columbia College Chicago.
ERIN ALCORN, SOPRANO
Praised for her “ardent expression” and beautiful, limpid quality,“ Erin has performed as a featured young artist at Carnegie Hall, Music Academy of the West, and The Dallas Opera. She has performed around the USA and Europe and has sung in Opera Philadelphia’s chorus. She is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and University of North Texas College of Music and based in Philadelphia.
TING TING WONG, COLLABORATIVE PIANIST
Ting Ting is a vocal coach and accompanist and the staff accompanist at The Academy of Vocal Arts. She has served as chorus pianist with Opera Philadelphia and assistant conductor with ConcertOPERA Philadelphia and Temple U Women Chorus. Originally from Hong Kong, she is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon U. and Temple U.
ENAS TAYYEM, PAINTER
Enas is a DMD candidate at Penn’s dental school. Through her paintings, she shares her stories of self discovery in relation to her refugee status and origins in the middle east and northern Africa. Enas’s work has previous been displayed in Jordan and Houston, TX. Her current work is on display at Saxby’s in West Philly.
PAUL GIESS, TRUMPET
Paul Giess is a versatile trumpet player, composer, and educator based in Philly. He is Education Consultant and a teacher for the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz, Music Coordinator for the Center for Creative Works, and a recent graduate of the McKnight Visiting Composers Residency, awarded through the American Composers Forum
JULIAN HARTWELL, PIANO
Julian Hartwell is an avid performed throughout the Delaware Valley and Philly area. He is currently an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he also received a bachelor degree. Career highlights include sharing the stage with major names like Christian McBride, Jimmy Heath, and Jon Faddis at Lincoln Center with the Temple University Jazz Band, in addition to appearing with the latter two musicians on that band’s release from Spring 2015 entitled “Dear Dizzy: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie.” Julian also leads his own group The Julian Hartwell Project, providing an ever-evolving platform for his growing repertoire of 30+ original compositions and arrangements to date and finding his voice not only as a pianist but a composer as well.