Dana / Ben, 2005 (excerpt)
Total running time: 4:11 minutes / SD / colour
Two unrelated videos are shown simultaneously: one, of Dana Reason’s face as she improvises on piano; the other, slowed down superimposed footage of Ben Harkarvy.
Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Dana Reason – piano, John Heward – percussion
This video was shown at Arts/Improvisation Between the Arts, CCA, Montreal, in 2005.
About the musicians:
Dana Reason is an accomplished and recognized pianist in contemporary jazz and improvised music. She holds a Bachelors of Music from McGill University; a Masters in Composition from Mills College, and Ph.D. She has a PHD in Musicology?Critical Studies from the Universiy of California San Diego. She has preformed with Pauline Oliveros, Cecil Taylor, George E. Lewis, John Heward, Barre Philips among others. She is currently living in Oregon.
Benjamin Harkarvy was an American dance teacher, choreographer, and artistic director. He was the head of dance at the Juilliard School, and passed away in 2003.