Bringing Home Berrie is our new virtual program series designed to provide you with some exciting conversations and performances featuring Ramapo College faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists. Watch here for additions to our schedule as we announce new videos on our YouTube Channel. All events are free, but we encourage you to think about a gift to the Contemporary Arts Fund or the COVID-19 Student Emergency fund at the Ramapo Foundation at www.ramapo.edu/give
Video 1: Ramapo College Visual Arts Senior Thesis: Here Now
The visual art in the 2020 Senior Thesis exhibition is full of dread, prophesy, nostalgia, dystopia, and a few sprinkles of humor. The diverse group of young artists grew up with fear of school and church shootings, global climate catastrophe, and simmering racial unrest. Here Now is a testament to their determination to use art to better understand themselves and others.
This documentary by Joseph Perez provides a forum for some of the students to reflect on the impact the pandemic had on their experience of this penultimate course. Giselle Ruiz, Brandon Gerber, Tyler Manuele, Rachel Betts, Maria Gonzales, and the other students who appear in this entertaining film provide a glimpse at the creative process, candid statements about the sudden drastic changes in their lives, and an array of visual art showing the results of their art education at Ramapo College.
Video 2: Fantini Futuro: a conversation with Ben Neill, composer/performer and Professor of Music Industry and Production at Ramapo College
In February 2020, Ben Neill gave his NJ-premiere of a new audio-visual performance, Fantini Futuro. Performed on his self-designed Mutantrumpet 4.0, an electro-acoustic instrument that also controls interactive video projections, Neill was joined by Ryland Angel, countertenor, and Gwendolyn Toth on Baroque keyboards.
Ben Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet and is widely recognized as a musical innovator through his recordings, performances, and installations. His music blends influences from electronic, jazz, and minimalist music, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance.
Neill has recorded 14 albums of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Astralwerks, Thirsty Ear, and Six Degrees, as well as his own Blue Math label. Performances include BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Getty Museum, Cite de la Musique, Bing Concert Hall, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. Neill has worked closely with many musical innovators including John Cage, La Monte Young, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, and Nicolas Collins. A long-time student and associate of La Monte Young, Neill leads performances of Young’s brass music with an international ensemble.
Neill began developing the mutantrumpet in the early 1980s, originally working with synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. In 1992 Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive at the STEIM studios in Amsterdam, and he has continued working with STEIM on new performance technologies since then.
“Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people.” Wired Magazine
Video 3: Now and Then: Composing for Strings at Ramapo and Beyond
Dr. Gilad Cohen engages Ramapo College of NJ alumni Brady Bock, Jenn O’Hagan and Daniel Heidt in a discussion about what they learned in his Musicianship III Composition course by revisiting their final projects as performed by the Aeolus and Aizuri quartets. Cohen then discusses what each of these distinct alumni have been doing since their graduation with an emphasis on how they applied what they learned and their current compositional work.
Aeolus quartet playing Brady Bock’s “A Ritual Under Moonlight,” 2017
Aeolus quartet playing Jenn O’Hagan’s “Sines,” 2017
Aizuri quartet playing Daniel Heidt’s “Solmization and Desecration,” 2018
Video 4- 2020 Animation Graduates Looking Forward
Professor Ann LePore checks in with recent Electronic Art & Animation graduates David Francis-Vaughan, Brandon Gerber and Joey Perez for a discussion on lessons they learned at Ramapo College and looking forward to what lies ahead for each of them.