Experience An Evening with Brian Eno at Carpenter Center

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brian-eno-lectureBrian Eno will jump-start the 2009/10 15th Anniversary Season at the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center with an exclusive lecture on September 20, 2009. Best known as the father of ambient music, Eno is displaying his self-generating art installation, 77 Million Paintings, in a Southern California exclusive engagement at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach.

Brian Eno is internationally known for his work as a musical collaborator with prominent rock musicians including David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay and others.

Eno began experimenting with the medium of television and manipulating light shortly after attending the Winchester School of Art in England. His series of ambient music records feature an atmospheric instrumental sound that found expression in both New Age and Minimalist work. Eno’s art installation marks a return to his early experimentation with light and television combined with his later innovations in ambient music.

Using sophisticated computer software and audio boom boxes, 77 Million Paintings features constantly changing images and musical compositions, which challenge the notion that the artist must be in control. Eno’s input simply sets the trajectory for the work to evolve into patterns that have the potential for surprising him as well as the audience. During the 1990s, Eno became increasingly interested in self-generating systems. Generative Art, as he called it, allows an artwork to take on a life of its own. In 77 Million Paintings, Eno creates audio and visual clusters, gives them a set of rules they must follow, and observes them forming and re-forming their own little artistic communes. He states: “They are living an independent life, and they keep doing things that still surprise me.”

This presentation is made possible in part by the event’s media partner, KCRW 89.9 FM. Single tickets for An Evening with Brian Eno are $100, $75 for students/seniors. All tickets can be purchased by calling the Carpenter Center Arts Ticket Office at (562) 985-7000. or by visiting www.CarpenterArts.org. Information about 77 Million Paintings at the University Art Museum, CSULB, can also be accessed at CarpenterArts.org.

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