Category: Generator Series • KANEKO Core Programs • Members • Performances | Season: Influence
The KANEKO Generator Series returns with its first event of 2020, “The State You’re In,” which will explore the music and art of Nebraska-based creators. This will be a program that asks questions: What is unique about living in Nebraska? How can we characterize our state beyond the catchy slogans and branding campaigns? What does Nebraska sound like? Is there a specific acoustic character to our state? Where are we shaped as listeners and creators by the sonic qualities of the Great Plains?
The State You’re In features a world premiere by composer Stacey Barelos which weaves narrative reflections from the community with string quartet, as well as music composed by composers Mathew Fuerst, Dana Murray, and Anothony Donofrio, poetry by Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, and a special art installation by Susan Knight.
About the Generator Series: Presented by KANEKO and Omaha Under the Radar, the Generator Series will present events that investigate music’s relationship to our physical world, seeking the connections between sound and architecture, sound and natural landscapes, sound, and the human body, and more. Focusing on music by living composers, including sound improvisation and experimental composition, the Generator Series will be an outlet for non-commercial music that asks questions about how we listen and how we interact with sound in the 21st century.
About Omaha Under the Radar: Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. We celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.
Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than one dozen cities throughout the United States. We work to present a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions, and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. To make a tax-deductible donation in support of our programming efforts, visit our SUPPORT page.
Category: Free • Performances | Season: Influence
A Celebration of Black Queer Art
Join KANEKO and Andrew Aleman Consulting for unapologetic me: A Celebration of Black Queer Art. We invite the Omaha community to join us for an evening filled with visual art from several Omaha-based black queer and trans artists. The evening will end with a showing of unapologetic me: Black | Gay | Man. This screendance by Justin Dominic and producers Justin Dominic, Micaiah Carter, and Daniel P. Calderon, tells a story through movement and visual imagery, about the intersectionality of being a black gay man. Justin Dominic and Daniel P. Calderon will be joining us from New Jersey for a filmmakers discussion following the showing.
Tickets: This program FREE, but registration is required and space is limited. A suggested donation of $10 cash donation is requested at the door – all money raised goes to our featured visual artists.
Category: Generator Series • Performances • Workshop | Season: Influence
Spark your creativity with words of local authors!
Collaborating with members of KANEKO writing groups, Soundry participants will create original music to be performed at a 2020 Omaha Under the Radar event!
Soundry is a musical workshop part of the GENERATOR Series. With classes geared towards adult learners, Soundry investigates the art of sound installation, instrument building, and 21st century composition techniques. No music experience is required! Soundry is directed by composer and pianist Stacey Barelos, and includes expert instructors from Omaha and around the country!
About Omaha Under the Radar
Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in the Midwest. They celebrate cultural innovators with performances throughout the city of Omaha. The festival emerged from a desire to support innovative performers and creators living and working in the Midwest, and to connect this community to other performance communities throughout the United States.
Since the first festival, held in 2014, Omaha Under the Radar has presented over 200 artists from more than a dozen cities throughout the United States. They work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities. Omaha Under the Radar is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization.
Category: Free • KANEKO Core Programs • Lectures • Passages | Season: Influence
The value of wasting time.
The KANEKO, along with the University of Nebraska Omaha, welcomes distinguished physicist and bestselling author Alan Lightman for the spring session of our PASSAGES Literary Series.
Discussion will center around the ‘art’ of wasting time. A description of Lightman’s recent book In Praise of Wasting Time includes the themes for the evening:
We are all worried about wasting time. Especially in the West, we have created a frenzied lifestyle in which the twenty-four hours of each day are carved up, dissected, and reduce down to ten-minute units of efficiency. We take our iPhones and laptops with us on vacation. We check email at restaurants or our brokerage accounts while walking in the park. When the school day ends, our children are overloaded with “extras.” Our university curricula are so crammed our young people don’t have time to reflect on the material they are supposed to be learning. Yet in the face of our time-driven existence, a great deal of evidence suggests there is great value in “wasting time,” of letting the mind lie fallow for some periods, of letting minutes and even hours go by without scheduled activities or intended tasks.
Doors open at 6:30; please join us early to write down your questions for Lightman. A special addition to the program, internationally recognized fiddler Bonnie Rideout will begin the evening with an informal concert in connection with her creative process of ‘wasting time’.
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
About Alan Lightman: “A scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word.” – Los Angeles Times
After serving on the faculty of Harvard University for a dozen years, Alan Lightman moved to MIT, where he became the first person to receive a dual faculty appointment in the sciences and the humanities. In astrophysics, Lightman has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of black holes, radiation processes at the center of galaxies, and the foundation of Einstein’s theory of gravity.
Dozens of independent theatrical and musical production worldwide have been adapted from Lightman’s novel Einstein Dreams. An international bestseller, this book is one of the most widely used texts in universities today and has been translated into 30 languages. A prolific author, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, 2018, and the novel Three Flames, 2019.
Lightman’s appearance at KANEKO PASSAGES, which includes a discussion with expert panelists and the audience, will center around his book In Praise of Wasting Time, which was released in 2018.
See more about Alan Lightman here.
About the Panelists
Kevin Clouther serves as Coordinator of the UNO MFA in Writing Program. He’s an assistant Professor at the UNO Writer’s Workshop. Clouther’s story collection, We Were Flying to Chicago, was published by Catapult. His stories have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Greensboro Review, Gulf Coast, Puerto Del Sol, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other journals, and he has contributed essays to The Millions, NPR, Poets & Writers, Salon, and Tin House’s “Art of the Sentence.” He is the recipient of several grants and awards, including the Richard Yates Fiction Award and Gell Residency Award.
Dr. Christine Cutucache is UNO’s Haddix Community Chair of Science, the Acting Director of the UNO STEM TRAIL Center, and Associate Professor of Biology. She is a tumor immunologist and science education convert. Consequently, her teaching and research interests range from cancer biology to discipline-based education research methods. She has published copious primary articles on her work, authored 3 textbooks, and is a strong advocate for undergraduate professional development.
Dr. Christopher Moore is UNO’s Haddix Community Chair in Physical Science and Associate Professor of Physics. Dr. Moore conducts research in physical science education and teacher preparation, focusing on how we learn/teach creativity and innovation in STEM Dr. Moore is author of the books Creating Scientists and Teaching Science Thinking (which was written at the UNO-Kaneko Library), over 40 peer-reviewed articles, and is co-author of the best-selling high-school curriculum Experience Chemistry. He has recently given invited lectures internationally on the parallels between sense-making in the sciences and humanities.
Bonnie Rideout: On stages from Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival to America’s Kennedy Center, her unique style of Scottish fiddling has charmed audiences across the globe. Bonnie has been featured on the BBC, CBS, NPR’s Performance Today, Morning Edition and The Thistle and Shamrock. In addition to authoring seven music books for Mel Bay Publishing Company, Bonnie has recorded over fifteen solo albums. Her Scottish Christmas CD became a New York Times “Top Ten Holiday Best Seller.” Three of Bonnie’s recordings received Grammy nominations.
About PASSAGES: PASSAGES is the core literary program at KANEKO that seeks to intersect and expand all offerings and forms of creative literacy activities across the Omaha-Council Bluffs Metropolitan area. PASSAGES programming includes critical readings, interactive writing workshops and sessions, and events featuring accomplished and diverse authors.
Category: Education • Exhibitions • Performances | Season: Influence
MLK Day Talent Show 5th Year Anniversary is the celebration for all in honor of Dr. King— A celebration of 5 years of youth arts programming and public youth performances in Omaha! FLIYE Arts Youth Development in Partnership with KANEKO and Love’s Jazz and Arts Center are producing the MLK Day Talent Show. Featuring visual artists 2pm to 4pm and performing artists 4pm to 6pm, with a tribute to the last living Tuskegee Airmen of Nebraska, Robert Holtz 6pm to 7pm.
The MLK Day Talent Show is supported by FAYD Workshops Elementary After School program, FAYD Open Arts Showcase, Rehearsal Day at KANEKO, Ben Gray, MADD DADS, Tuskegee Airmen Alfonso Davis Chapter, Omaha Art Council, P3 Academics and Omaha North High School.
About FLIYE: FLIYE is an Acronym that means Focused, Liberated, Intelligent, Youthful and Extraordinary! We believe in Art and that everyone is an artist. Our vision is to provide useful education, creative resources, and tangible support to local artists worldwide.
Category: Education • Exhibitions • Members • Performances | Season: Influence
Pairing art and food in the most creative way!
On Friday, February 7th, guests will join the KANEKO for an unforgettable evening, pairing local artists and chefs to create exciting combinations of food and art in KANEKO’s gallery spaces. Each artist/chef duo will work together to invent a food and wine pairing, inspired by the artist’s creations while wine and a selection of fine chocolates will be provided by Lange Winery. Selections of work by the artists collaborating in the event will be displayed at the KANEKO the evening of the event and for two weeks following. Selected artwork presented at the event will be for sale, so guests can purchase something unique AND, because half of the proceeds will go to support KANEKO’s education programs, support the development of more local artists! Live music by Mesonjixx will top off this romantic, creative evening; sure to be the sexiest, most interesting event in town. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
Included in your ticket purchase:
- an exclusive first look at the new exhibition in our bow truss gallery by our 6 featured artists
- heavy appetizers from each of our 6 featured chefs
- complimentary wine from Lange Winery
- complimentary feature cocktail by MavenSocial
- live entertainment from Mesonjixx
- full cash bar
- a brief program with each artist and chef pair describing their creative process
- ability to purchase artwork for sale
Artist and Chef Pairings:
Jeff King + Paul Kulik of Le Bouillon
Bill Hoover + Isa Moskowitz of Modern Love
Barber + Betty Deepe & Nancy Williams of No More Empty Pots
Pamela Conyers Hinson + Leah Elsasser of La Buvette
Shaun Ilahi + Drew Statz of Monarch Prime & Bar
Susan Knight + Obed Sanchez of Grainolia Bakery
Become a KANEKO member and save $25 on your ticket to Creative Pairings, and gain access to lots of exclusive KANEKO member perks throughout the year!
Not able to attend this event, but still want to support KANEKO? Use the button below to make a donation!
Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact Uroosa Jawed, Development Director, at email@example.com or 402.341.3800.
Creative Pairings Sponsors Receive:
FRIEND | $500
Logo or name on display during event
Recognized as a caterer sponsor
4 tickets to the event
BRONZE | $1,000
All FRIEND benefits, plus:
Social media mention with links on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
Recognized as an artist sponsor
6 tickets to the event
SILVER | $2,500
All BRONZE benefits, plus:
Name on KANEKO’s website as an event sponsor
Recognized as entertainment sponsor
8 tickets to the event
GOLD | $5,000
All SILVER benefits, plus:
Logo or name in KANEKO newsletter e-blasts about the event
Private, behind-the-scenes tour of a KANEKO exhibition with the Executive Director
Recognized as a KANEKO Summer Camps Scholarship Fund contributor
10 tickets to the event
PLATINUM | $7,500
All GOLD benefits, plus:
Daytime event partial space usage at KANEKO (corporate retreat, off site meetings, etc.)
Recognized as a sponsor for a single program series lecture or performance of your choice (MOVEMENT, GENERATOR, or PASSAGES Series)
14 tickets to the event
PRESENTING | $10,000
All PLATINUM benefits, plus
Opportunity tp host a private day or evening event at ANEKO using the full building (holiday party, corporate event, etc.)
Inclusion in KANEKO press release about the event circulate to local media outlets
20 tickets to the event
Discovering new meanings of health.
Stories and storytelling create the capability for communities and individuals to adapt, adjust and manage when faced with physical, mental or societal challenges and changes.
KANEKO presents it’s newest Partner Program, What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words, where you are invited to create and explore innovative meanings of health and sickness.
What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words offers a safe space to discover and write about new meanings of health and dis-ease as it applies to you and the community around you.
This workshop meets on the first Saturday of every month to write our experiences into existence. This program is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required.
Category: Education • Free • Passages • Performances • Seven Doctors Project | Season: Influence
Celebrating the benefit of art as a healing process.
Join us in celebrating the process of seven doctors collaborating with seven creative writers in order to battle medical community burnout. The evening will include live readings from participants of the Fall 2019 Seven Doctors Project (7DP) and a live performance by Rebecca Lowry.
About Seven Doctors Project: Seven Doctors Project, a KANEKO Collaborative Partner Program and part of KANEKO PASSAGES, provides community outreach and mentoring in a creative writing workshop format. The mission of Seven Doctors Project is to provide ongoing writing workshops and other activities to assist physicians, healthcare workers, staff, patients and community members in the exploration of the creative process through study and practice of creative writing.
Creativity Begins with an Idea.
Nothing exists by itself; everything has something next to it. Something changes drastically depending on what is next to it.
– Jun Kaneko
The exploration and celebration of the creative process are at the core of the KANEKO mission. To seek out the challenges of artistry and to discuss the diversity of creative thought in philanthropy, education, and the sciences is what connects all KANEKO programs, exhibitions, and partnerships. This is the vein that passes through the diverse offerings of KANEKO, containing the unique and irreplaceable voice of one of the greatest artisans in history.
To influence is to enact change; to sway the course of history and challenge the boundaries of what was once believed to be limitations. Jun Kaneko has forged this path for countless artists, educators, and creative thinkers around the world, and in the founding of KANEKO has created for the Omaha Community a space in which to be inspired and to enact change.
Through the exploration of physical space, artistic themes, history, and experience, the season of INFLUENCE will examine the history of change at KANEKO while celebrating the future of the organization which has become a driving force for inclusion and diversity of creative thought in Omaha.
The artists and collaborators participating in INFLUENCE will illustrate the importance of the creative process, visually and emotionally impact visitors, and present a unique vision that is the hallmark of KANEKO exhibitions. The INFLUENCE season displays the creative work of KANEKO founder and Japanese ceramist Jun Kaneko and how his work, teaching, and creative philosophy has impacted the Omaha community and beyond.
INFLUENCE explores the results of living and collaborating within a creative environment, showcasing the history of the creative community in Omaha and how the path of creative individuals impacts the lives of others.
The season will highlight projects by previous KANEKO program partners and explore how their work has changed since their creative debut at KANEKO. Their stories, combined with the stories of previous employees and apprentices of the Jun Kaneko Studio, the Bemis Residency Program, and the collective visiting audience of the Omaha community, will showcase the overarching narrative of creative inclusion that KANEKO has assisted in facilitating over the ten-year history of the organization.
Category: Eko Nova • Members • Performances | Season: Influence
Pushing the boundaries of vocal music.
Join the four-woman acapella group, Quince, for a night of gorgeously apocalyptic melodies in remembrance of the Dust Bowl. These four critically acclaimed sopranos will perform a series of folk ballads inspired by Woody Guthrie as part of their “This a Changin’ World” tour. Quince has been described in Opera News as “the Anonymous 4 of new music” and the versatility of their voices is truly something to behold!
About Quince Ensemble: Singing with the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Ensemble is changing the paradigm of contemporary vocal music. Described as “the Anonymous 4 of new music” by Opera News, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of vocal ensemble literature. As dedicated advocates of new music, Quince regularly commissions new works, providing wider exposure for the music of living composers. They recently launched the Quince New Music Commissioning Fund, a fund to grow the repertoire for women and treble voices. Quince has released three studio albums, Realign the Time, Hushers, and Motherland, all available on iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, and Amazon.
In 2016, Quince was featured on the KODY Festival Lublin, Poland in collaboration with David Lang and Beth Morrison Projects. They have also appeared on the Outpost Concert Series, the Philip Glass: Music with Friends concert at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, Alia Musica, and the SONiC Festival in New York. During the 2018-19 season, they will collaborate with International Contemporary Ensemble, Lincoln Center, Linfield University, Vespers Concert Series, Kamratōn Ensemble, Connecticut Summerfest, and UC Berkeley, to name a few.
Comprised of vocalists Liz Pearse (soprano), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano), Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (soprano), and Carrie Henneman Shaw (soprano), Quince thrives on unique musical challenges and genre-bending contemporary repertoire.
Kayleigh Butcher: Described as “Rad as f*&^” (Scapi Magazine) and having “a sound that is well-suited for the strange world of new music” (Chicago Classical Review), Kayleigh Butcher (mezzo soprano) has gained critical and audience acclaim as a soloist and contemporary chamber musician.
As a fervent supporter and advocate for contemporary music, Kayleigh has worked with many composers including David Lang, Tristan Perich, Eve Beglarian, Daniel Felsenfeld, Holly Herndon, John Luther Adams, Chris Fisher-Lochhead, David Reminick, Jennifer Walshe, Robert Honstein, Danny Clay, Alex Temple, Molly Herron, Fjóla Evans, Levy Lorenzo, Morgan Krauss, Eliza Brown, Jonathan Sokol, Max Grafe, Amanda Feery, LJ White, Bethany Younge, Ravi Kittappa, and Jennifer Jolley.
She has also collaborated with many new music ensembles including International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Opera on Tap NYC, Tigue, Man Forever, Grant Wallace Band, Anti-Social Music, thingNY, Fonema Consort, a.per.i.o.dic, and Rhymes With Opera, to name a few.
She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2008 and completed her Master’s in Music at Bowling Green State University in 2011. Kayleigh also experiments with composition, writing fugues and other arrangements for Quince.
Amanda DeBoer Bartlett: Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, DMA is an Omaha-based classical soprano who specializes in the work of living composers. Along with her solo career, she is a member of Ensemble Dal Niente and Hasco Duo. Ms. DeBoer Bartlett is featured on albums with Holly Herndon, Deerhoof, Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Christopher Wild, and Hasco Duo.
Ms. DeBoer Bartlett is also the founder and director of an experimental performance festival called Omaha Under the Radar, which has presented nearly 200 individual artists from around North America during its first three seasons.
Born and raised in Omaha, NE, Ms. DeBoer Bartlett moved to Chicago to study at DePaul University where she received a Bachelor of Music. She received a Masters degree from the University at Buffalo, where she studied with acclaimed contemporary interpreter Tony Arnold, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Bowling Green State University.
Liz Pearse: Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. After a childhood spent playing every instrument she could lay hands upon, Liz began exploring the endless possibilities of the voice. Hers is an instrument of unusual range, color, and versatility. She has performed a range of repertoire, from medieval to modern, on stages around the world including Italy (soundSCAPE Festival), Switzerland (Lucerne Festival) and Poland (KODY Festiwal).
Liz has a special affinity for music post 1900. As a soloist, her recent projects include multiple performances of Pierrot Lunaire, touring Olivier Messiaen’s Harawi, electroacoustic programming including Philomel, and on-going commissions dedicated to the creation of works for self-accompanying soprano. She researches contemporary vocal pedagogy as part of a DMA in Contemporary Music, in progress at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Carrie Henneman Shaw: Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw is known across the US as a singer who weaves style and emotion into vivid performances of Baroque and contemporary classical music. Praised in the New York Times “as graceful vocally as she was in her movements”, “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), and as a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), Shaw is a member of Quince Ensemble, Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, Pesedjet, and also appears with the Bach Society of Minnesota, Haymarket Opera Company, Newberry Consort, and Boston Early Music Festival. Carrie was a 2010 and 2017 McKnight Fellow for Performing Musicians and has earned arts entrepreneurship awards in her role as co-director of St. Paul’s Glorious Revolution Baroque.
Shaw seeks opportunities to bring rare performances of new works by American and international composers to an eclectic variety of venues – bars, churches, galleries, and concert halls – with collaborators around the country. In the Minnesota composer community, she has been privileged to commission and premiere works by such composers as Jocelyn Hagen, Noah Keesecker, and Abbie Betinis, whose annual Christmas carols are annually recorded for broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio. Shaw has also performed in a gala holiday concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Shaw earned degrees in English and Voice Performance from Lawrence University and completed a doctorate at the University of Minnesota. She currently teaches at Bethel University and Lawrence University.
About Eko Nova: The Omaha Chamber Music Society and KANEKO’s Eko Nova concert series introduces Omaha audiences to some of the most innovative and inspiring musical works written today – music that looks outward with an openness to a myriad of genres, styles, and forms. With virtuosic performances from the region’s finest musicians, plus guest appearances by extraordinary artists from around the country, these programs appeal to a diverse crowd, from lovers of contemporary art to classical music fans and beyond.