Museum of Calm (World Premiere)
Museum of Calm is a solo by extended-technique vocalist, performer, and composer Holland Andrews. Integrating vocal music composition, meditation, and performance art video, the work generates interior worlds to offer strategies for navigating through chaos, accessing freedom within fantasy, and sustaining the energy required to survive in a reforming society.
Creator and Performer: Holland Andrews
Filmmaker: Tatyana Tenenbaum
Film Location: BAC’s Cage Cunningham Studio
Holland Andrews was a collaborator of 2017 BAC Presents Artist and BAC Resident Artist Dorothée Munyaneza.
BAC Artist Commissions made possible with generous leadership support from Anonymous, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Thompson Family Foundation, and Robert and Kathleen Wallace.
Holland Andrews is an American vocalist, composer, improviser, and performance artist whose work is based on emotionality in its many forms. In their work, Andrews focuses on the abstraction of operatic and extended-technique voice to build soundscapes encompassing both catharsis and the interplay between dissonance and resonance to tell stories of the interior worlds of humanity.
Frequently highlighting themes surrounding vulnerability and healing, Andrews arranges music with voice and clarinet, harnessing the innate qualities of these instruments’ power and elegance to serve as a vessel for these themes. As a vocalist, their influences stem from a dynamic range of musical stylings including contemporary opera, free jazz, musical theater, as well as ambient, drone, and noise music. In addition to creating solo work, Andrews develops and performs the soundscapes for dance, theater, and film, and whose work is still toured nationally and internationally. Andrews has gained recognition from publications such as The New York Times, Uncut Magazine, Electronic Sound Magazine, NPR, and Pitchfork. Holland Andrews is currently based in New York City. Andrews also performs solo music under the stage name Like a Villain.
Photos: Maria Baranova