Public Functionary & Chris Strouth Present: Prelude Series No. 1: ANTARCTICA


Antarctica, a new multi-media performance composed and created by experimental music mainstay Chris Strouth and his band Paris1919, happening Friday, Feb 7th and Saturday Feb 8th, 2014.


Antarctica was composed during Strouth’s recovery from a kidney transplant in 2009 and reflects the isolation of going through a singular event that has a profound impact on your life. It’s about looking into the void and the void looking back. Antarctica speaks to the experience of walking through that chasm–a feeling that most people have been able to relate to in some form, at one time or another. However, Strouth’s composition is also about perseverance and tenacity, using 1,000 years of Antarctica’s physical evolution as a metaphor.

Over the course of the 90-minute performance, the viewer will experience a visual, sensory and sonic phantasmagoria:

- live musical performance featuring water drumming, dulcimer, cello, lap steel, bass, guitar, african percussion, electronics and more in collaboration with musicians Mike Croswell, Randall Davidson, Drew Miller, Tim Ritter, Mykl Westbrooks and Eric White conducted by Chris Strouth.

- Avant grade choreographer/movement architect Deborah Jinza Thayer will lead a troupe of dancers through compositional movements and installations within the space. Featuring Renee Copeland, Missa Kes, Genevieve Muench, Sharon Picasso and Taylor Shevey.

- Multiple video projections throughout the gallery in collaboration with Vid Tiger and animator Justin Guenther of Wonderhaus.

- a one-of-a-kind glacier installation by Public Functionary Resident Artist, Asia Ward.

*** An exclusive, limited edition Antarctica print by artist Vadim Gershman.



Producer and composer Chris Strouth has been a mainstay of the Minneapolis experimental music scene since before there was one. As a producer he has worked with people like Michael Yonkers, Stan Ridgway, the Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, George Cartwright (Curlew), Philip Johnson (Microscopic Sextet) and Mark Mallman. Strouth was also behind Future Perfect Sound System, an experimental dub sound project that produced two records, completed a three-year residency at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, and created numerous pieces with the Walker Art Center and Orchestra Hall.

Strouth ran the Twin Tone Record Group for most of the ’90s, later becoming the Director of Artists and Product for Innova Recordings (the American Composers Forum’s label), a non-profit dealing primarily in experimental, jazz, neo-classical and world music. It was there that he executive produced a Grammy nominated album by The Clouds. He was also a part of the now legendary Rifle Sport Art Gallery, as well as House Nation and Depth Probe. In the six degrees of separation between John Cage and Judas Priest, Chris Strouth is number three.

Currently, Strouth leads quasi-collective experimental group Paris 1919 and produces unique multimedia performances and freelance projects for clients around the globe.

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