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Open Access

Voices in the Garden

with Lucas Artists Fellows and Guest Artists

Friday, September 29, 2017, 6PM - 8:30PM

Free for Montalvo members: Call 408-961-5849 or email Taylor Welty to RSVP.

VENUE: Italianate Garden

Montalvo Box Office: 408-961-5858
Service fees may apply and are non-refundable.
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RELATED EXHIBITION: Rolling Counterpoint

RELATED EXHIBITION: Now Hear This! An Exercise in Listening

Rolling Counterpoint
Photo: Lizzy Meyers
This event is presented as part of Montalvo Arts Center’s program series, Open Access—your opportunity to connect with Artists Fellows and Guest Artists at the Lucas Artists Program. This program is designed to offer audiences a behind the scenes view into how artists generate ideas, as well as showcase works in process and fully realized new work. Open Access offerings include conversations, performances, screenings, and culinary events. It also has a virtual presence as an online blog and archive. Find out more at

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Join us for a special evening of word and sound in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden. Artist Taraneh Hemami will continue her ongoing activation of her sound sculpture One Voice (Yek Seda) created for the Montalvo’s outdoor exhibition Now Hear This! with special guests: acclaimed Iranian American composer Sahba Aminikia, Iranian born vocalist/performer Dina Zarif, and Bay Area composer/harpist Amelia Romano. Lucas Artists Fellows Rwandan-born/Belgium-based vocalist and composer Aurelie Lierman and New York-based playwright Alva Rogers will also share their work with live performances in the Garden.

After, artist Taro Hattori leads a wrap-up presentation and performance celebrating his 14-month community conversation project Rolling Counterpoint. Involving multiple partners throughout the Bay Area, and envisioned as a platform for conversation and question-making about experiences of division and belonging in contemporary society, Rolling Counterpoint consists of two teahouses: one stationary space installed outdoors on Montalvo's 175-acre public park and one mobile teahouse, which traveled to 10 locations in cities in the Bay Area in 2017 (Cupertino, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco).