Artist Talk with Performance: Jean Laurenz
April 2, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Pleasant T. Rowland Gallery
Jean Laurenz’s Multimedia Performance Art Piece, Koizumi, highlights the life and work of Lafcadio Hearn, a 19th-century Japanese folklorist. The heartbeat of Hearn’s perspective and writing can be felt within Ikeda Manabu’s Meltdown. In this exhibit, Jean will perform a small excerpt from Koizumi followed by a brief connective lecture and visual display.
Koizumi / 2019
Laurenz’s performance art piece, Koizumi, highlights the life, work, and multidimensionality of Lafcadio Hearn. A nineteenth-century writer, Hearn (known as Koizumi in Japan) is still celebrated in the East, but overlooked in the West. Koizumi marries digital projection art with live chamber music to address the inner dichotomy of Hearn’s perspective. The heartbeat of Hearn’s writing can be felt within Manabu Ikeda’s Meltdown. Both author and artist seem to embody a skepticism of modernity, while simultaneously acknowledging its presence.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jean Laurenz is a core member of Seraph Brass quintet, recent winners of the American Prize Chamber Music Performance competition. She specializes in chamber music, arts immersion, and education. She is a former member of Carnegie Hall’s resident chamber ensemble, Ensemble Connect, and has performed as a trumpet player and vocalist in over 20 countries in the past five years. She has performed with Adele, Kanye West, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble