Installation and Drawings Jean Schmitt

February 6 - March 28, 2020

Front Gallery


***Opening Reception with Music Performance***


Myth Science Trio interprets Schmitt’s Visible/Invisible drawing series

Opening and Performance

Thursday, February 6, 2020

6:30 pm


THERMALS (2020) Aber, Frizzell, Miller

for two bass clarinets, alto clarinet, and zooms (long-hose instruments)

after the drawings of Jean Schmitt


The spirals in Jean Schmitt’s drawings provide the impetus for our sonifications of the uplift that makes vultures soar. 



a fact-based entertainment (1989) Frizzell

for alto clarinet and two bass clarinets 




Thomas Aber - bass clarinet, zwoom                                                                                            

Thomas Aber is a bass clarinetist with the Omaha Symphony and was a founding member of Kansas City’s contemporary music ensemble newEar. His studies of the bass clarinet took him to the Juilliard School and then to the Netherlands, where he studied with the late Harry Sparnaay. While living in Holland, Aber was a prize winner in the Gaudeamus Foundation's International Competition for Interpreters of Contemporary Music. In 1989 he worked with Charles Dodge for the premiere of Elegy, the first fractal-generated composition. Aber earned his DMA in clarinet at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri at Kansas City. His musical interests are wide-ranging, extending from the contemporary and classical styles to traditional music and instruments from around the world.

Dwight Frizzell - alto clarinet, zwoom

Artist/composer Dwight Frizzell was born with the Space Age (and nicknamed Sputnik), fueled by the Atomic Age (his neighbor was Harry S. Truman), and cosmo-mentored by Sun Ra. His 1976 Beyond the Black Crack LP orchestrated the time-slipping effects of black holes (reissued on Paradigm in 1999). It was described by Top magazine as “one of the '70s forgotten underground masterworks.” Dwight is a founder of newEar contemporary chamber ensemble, Myth-Science Ensemble, and Black Crack Revue. He is Professor in Sound/Converging Media at KCAI, and his music is available on Paradigm Discs.


Michael Miller - bass clarinet, zwoom

Michael Miller is a composer, bass clarinetist, and educator based in the Kansas City area. His works have been performed by Mnemosyne Quartet, Hillary Sametz, Richard Prior and the Oklahoma State University Symphony Orchestra, and Embryonic Noise! Michael has received grants from multiple Kansas City organizations such as the Charlotte Street Foundation, Art in the Loop, and ArtSounds—a collaboration between the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance and the Kansas City Art Institute. Michael is a founding member of Mnemosyne Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to multimedia collaboration, commissioning composers, and developing a distinctive language of crafted improvisation inspired by the environments with which they perform. Michael’s work was featured on Barry Nolan’s Night Beat. As a bass clarinetist, Dr. Miller performed as a soloist and with ensembles in Europe, South America, and throughout the United States. He has premiered works by composers Robert Carl, Tyler Capp, and Ted King-Smith.





Artist Bio

Jean Schmitt Ormaza started as a musician and crossed over to visual art in the late ’80s. She has been producing work that combines sound and moving images with sculpture and drawing ever since. She maintains a studio in Kansas City, Missouri where she focuses on large-scale drawing, sculpture, and sound composition. Jean approaches installation and multimedia projects with the same sensibilities a conductor or composer uses to combine multiple voices in music and relies on theories from perceptual psychology and neuroscience to guide her decisions. More work can be found at jeanschmitt.net. She currently teaches in the Foundation Program at the Kansas City Art Institute and formerly with foundation programs at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Northeastern University in Boston. She sees foundation as an opportunity to shake up established ways of thinking, to embrace unknown territories and to open new pathways to creative practice.

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