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Spoken/Unspoken: Artist Presentation by Lanier Sammons

November 14, 2019


CSUMB at Salinas City Center


Sound artist Lanier Sammons will present and discuss his sound art work Spoken/Unspoken: Creating Music for the Voices of the Terminally IllLanier wove the words of hospice patients into an audio installation that invited viewers to explore what matters most in our own lives. These stories were all gathered by hospice caregivers who sat with patients and learned what mattered most to them.Lanier is a composer, recordist, guitarist, and educator based in Santa Cruz, CA. As a composer, Lanier’s music often explores ideas like audience interactivity, improvisation, the intersection of popular and classical musics, and the pairing of electronic and acoustic sound. His works have been featured at SEAMUS, the Spark Festival, and on EcoSono’s Agents Against Agency DVD release. Lanier served as the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's first Participatory Performing Artist-in-Residence and as an Art Works Resident. Ensembles such as the Talujon Percussion Quartet, counter induction, the Da Capo Chamber Players, and Rêlache have premiered his pieces. He is Assistant Professor of Music and Recording technology at CSUMB.


Salinas Center for Arts & Culture