MusicPaintingLive is a new performance art, combining music and painting directly by making the painting during the recital or concert.
Together with the Latvian pianist Reinis Zarins, I have recently devoted myself to the performance art of painting music. It is our aim to invent a visual language reflecting the music, in a way that is specific for each music piece and enhances the experience of music.
By its nature, this new art/music form is defined as a process, more than as a final result. The most interesting part is to see it being made. Therefore, It exists mostly as a live-performance taking place in a theater or experimental stage-setting, and afterwards as video recordings.
For each piece we have an abstract – and a representative way of approach.
After listening to the music I start to make sketches to translate the music into charts or visual symbols; first by pencil lines, almost like a seismograph, and from there on to color studies, until I worked through the whole piece, exactly in the time intervals we agreed on. The scale of these charts is sketchbook size (20 x 30 cm or somewhat larger)
then continuing to make larger scale sketches, listening and internalizing the music in an intuitive, motoric way and training myself to be simultaneous with the music-time.all the separate sketches then are taped together to ‘read’ them from beginning to end.
a visual score is now created from from the separate sketches; in a way this is a summary, but it is more a creation to visually encompass the music piece, a design that now also follows some visual laws and necessities of expression – the music has entered the visual domain, so to say, and becomes transformed.
this visual score is transferred to a larger, performance scale (for instance 250 x 150 cm) on paper to practice, or canvas try-outs in acrylic paint, and I train myself on the music-time:
the painting starts when the music starts and ends likewise.