Since 2001, Experimental Sound Studio has been commissioning composers and artists to create sound pieces for the Fern Room through its unique Florasonic sound installation series. This year, we are revisiting some of the past projects with a nine-month retrospective. Each month, you can hear a different artist’s work enlivening the soundscape of the Fern Room.

 

October:
Michael Zerang and Mazen Kerbaj:
Fifth Pythia of Deir el Qamar (2006)

What you'll hear in the Fern Room is The Fifth Pythia of Deir el Qamar, a composiition by percussionist Michael Zerang and trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj. Inspired by the small, ancient Lebanese village of Deir el Qamar (monastery of the Moon), a myth evolved in the composers' imaginations: that in the 19th century, the fifth Pythia (oracle) at the monastery claimed that multiple gods spoke through her, which caused great consternation among the village leaders, who believed in only one god and thus chose to suppress her utterances. The music created by Zerang and Kerbaj, based on exploring and incorporating the widest possible range of sounds that their instruments produce, can be heard as a metaphor for exploring the wides possible range of sensation and spirit, even if such discoveries are sometimes strange to us at the outset.

 

Exhibition hours: 
DAILY, 9:00AM-5:00PM
Fern Room, Lincoln Park Conservatory 
2391 N. Stockton Drive
FREE ADMISSION




 

APRIL

Hal Rammel:
Calls and Songs (2005)

A composition based on the delicate textures of Hal’s unique self-made wooden instruments.

 

MAY

Olivia Block:
Transgenesis (2003)

A synthesized interplay of the natural and the artificial.

 

JUNE

Douglas Ewart:
Bira (2003)

A musical homage to Shona artists and their ancestors.

 

JULY

Shawn Decker:
Chorus (2006)

A playful interaction between real and synthetic insects.

 

AUGUST

Norman W. Long:
Electro-Acoustic Dubcology III (2009)

Remixing the sounds of the local neighborhood.

 

SEPTEMBER

Steve Peters:
Index Filicum (2011)

A catalog of plants transformed for the ear.

 

OCTOBER

Michael Zerang & Mazen Kerbaj:
Fifth Pythia of Deir el Qamar (2006)

An exploration of the inner mysteries of musical instruments.

 

NOVEMBER

Annie Feldmeier-Adams w/ Steven Hess:
Requiem (2010)

A memorial to Lincoln Park’s former life as a cemetery.

 

DECEMBER

Ernst Karel:
Fern Room (2001)

Imaginary friends for the crickets.

 

 

 



About Florasonic

Florasonic is a unique program that commissions composers and artists to make new site-specific music and audio art installations for the Fern Room of the Lincoln Park Conservatory, a turn-of-the-century greenhouse. Curated by ESS Executive Director Lou Mallozzi, Florasonic presents each project for three to five months, visited by an estimated 500 to 1,000 people each day.