Category: Exhibitions • Performances | Season: Kinetic • Reality
Introducing the fifth annual Omaha Under the Radar Festival.
Join us for our 5th annual festival! 4 days of experimental music, opera, dance, theater, poetry, performance art, and installation work.
Event 6 – Voices From the Killing Jar
KANEKO // July 27, 2018 // 8:00PM
$10 event / Festival Pass
Kate Soper’s dramatic song cycle explores snapshots in the lives of women, trapped in their circumstances and reaching into the dark. Join us for a pre-performance talk from composer Kate Soper!
Event 9 – Artificial Life
KANEKO // July 28, 2018 // 1:00PM
Composer George Lewis imagines new forms for connection and communication with his open-instrumentation work “Artificial Life.” Hear a one-of-a-kind performance in KANEKO’s glorious space. Also featuring a new work for solo tuba by Lori Reckling, performed by Aaron Hynds.
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 a dozen cities throughout the United States. We work to represent a multiplicity of genres, ideas, and identities through performances, talks, group discussions and educational opportunities. Learn More ->
Category: Performances | Season: Kinetic
The Omaha Chamber Music Society & KANEKO kicked-off a new season of Eko Nova with Symphony’s Percussion Section
The Omaha Chamber Music Society and KANEKO are proud to present the third season of the Eko Nova concert series, a new music chamber series. Season Three began with a rousing concert featuring the Percussion Section of the Omaha Symphony, on Monday, October 23rd, 7 p.m., at KANEKO. Step for Four: Rhythm in Motion got viewers up close with the stunning resonance and choreography of drumming and percussion.
Eko Nova will continue on February 12th, 2018 with “Tango Romantico”, a concert featuring the passionate music of Argentina along with Argentinian wine and dance. The professional dances who perform will encourage audience members to also get up and dance. The 2017-2018 Season will conclude on April 16th with “Tornado”, featuring Joshua Roman, internationally acclaimed cellist, and the phenomenal JACK Quartet, performing a concert centered around Roman’s own work, “Tornado”.
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 events appeal to a diverse crowd, from lovers of contemporary art, to classical music fans and beyond.
About the Omaha Chamber Music Society
The Omaha Chamber Music Society is a nonprofit organization that organizes and performs multiple classical music and chamber music series around the Omaha community. We have partnerships with UNMC, KANEKO, Gallery 1516, the Omaha Conservatory, the Josie Harper Hospice House, and Omaha Public Schools, and our work goes beyond performance to education and service. Learn More ->
Category: Performances | Season: Kinetic
Play your own part in this KINETIC inspired light performance.
Graham Ulicny performed Soundscapes at KANEKO on August 17.
This performance based installation was meant to encourage focus on the part of the listener, allowing them to participate in the performance by affecting the sound through their movement. Just as our everyday actions ripple out through our world, so do the changes in the sonic makeup of this piece, reflecting the actions and movements of the audience.
Graham programmed the sounds of KANEKO’s KINETIC exhibition into sonar sensors, which were placed within the performance space. As the audience moved throughout the space, regardless of what was planned, the installment’s interactive feature made the sounds somewhat unpredictable.
About Graham Ulicny
Graham Ulicny is a musician and composer living in Omaha, Nebraska. Having toured and recorded in numerous bands around his native state of Georgia and throughout the southeast, he currently plays in Omaha based groups The Faint, Icky Blossoms, and his own project Thick Paint. In 2016 he helped write original music for the off-broadway play “Alligator” by Hillary Betis for which he was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music In a Play. He also scored original music for Nik Fackler and tbd. Dance Collective‘s film “One Day, One Month, One Year.” Graham is an Aquarius and likes science fiction, YMO, noise, fresh vegetables and the writing of D.T. Suzuki.
Listen to Graham talk about Soundscapes on KNVO news below!
View photos from the performance below!
Code Crush – An immersion experience for middle & high school girls.
Maybe you’re a girl in high school, who’s really interested in technology. Or perhaps you’re working in IT and want to learn more about how to diversify the workforce. Or, maybe you’re an educator and want to know how you can encourage more girls to pursue IT.
Sound like you? Then, the Summit was made just for you.
CodeCrush is excited to invite you to our annual Summer Summit. We’re bringing together the energetic community that is fighting to diversify the IT workforce, and celebrate each other. We’re bringing in national speakers, local heros and a big community of people who all are working towards making technology.
CodeCrush is a series of iSTEM immersion experiences for 8th and 9th grade girls and their teachers, designed to show them the innovative world of IT.
The University of Nebraska College of Information Science and Technology will inspire girls and their teachers to take a deeper look at IT through hands-on experiences with emerging IT fields such as bioinformatics, IT innovation, music technology and cybersecurity.
Category: Performances | Season: Kinetic
Have you ever seen what it feels like, to truly move?
African Body, Soul & Movement, and Edem K. Garro Production featured African drumming and interpretive dances that embodied the rhythmic soul that lives in us all.
Imagine… The first sound you have ever heard. Now imagine that sound forming that rhythmic soul found in all of us. Lastly, envision the ways in which we all come together. Making sense of the sounds in the world. The sounds we now know as music. Take a dive with us into the first moments from when the soul heard it’s first sound, to when the soul had no other choice but to move. To dance! Join us as we play traditional African rhythms and dance to African melodies provided by Edem Soul Music. This is the event of the year, African food from Ghana will also be served, so come early!
KANEKO Members – Please email email@example.com to claim your FREE admission.
About Edem Soul Music
Edem K. Garro is an American Composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and Motivational speaker from Omaha, Ne. Edem’s work primarily focuses on cultural preservation and identity. In much of Edem’s work the Ga language, her native tongue is used. Although Edem was born as a first generation American, Edem utilizes the culture that was taught to her in hopes the youth will remember where they came from. To know who they are, and where they are going. Learn More ->
Category: Education • Exhibitions • Free | Season: Kinetic
KANEKO educational programming is tailored for each exhibition.
Until October 14, 2017, KANEKO presents KINETIC, an exhibition featuring giant kinetic sculptures created by world-renowned artist John Buck, and an interactive exhibit showcasing the scientific study of movement with the UNO Department of Biomechanics.
Adults & kids will find opportunities within the exhibition to investigate art, physics, history & biomechanic research.
Every KANEKO exhibit is accompanied by a digital flier with great activities, interesting facts, and cool videos. Click the link below to explore our digital flyer!
Bring your school group to KANEKO!
Field trips and tours are available Monday – Friday.
Just email Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know KANEKO staff and volunteers will help you develop curriculum-related activities in conjunction with your field trip?
To start a conversation, please email email@example.com.
KANEKO Creativity Lab
KANEKO’s Creative Lab is available for educator usage.
Seating up to 25, this space is available for single workshops, educator meetings, and a place to recap your incredible KANEKO field trip. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability or reserve your space.
Become A Member
KANEKO membership has expanded to offer educator rates.
Become a part of the KANEKO by purchasing an educator or student membership for only $30.00 per year! Learn more about Membership below.
Category: Exhibitions • Free | Season: Kinetic
The KINETIC Exhibition explores the art & science of movement & the perception of motion.
KINETIC contemplates the multitude of meaning we ascribe to the vast & ubiquitous concept of movement. Whether an artist’s expressive composition or a scientist’s subject of examination, our world is defined by kinetics — the way our bodies, minds, & even the celestial body on which we reside exist in a perpetual state of motion.
The KINETIC exhibition will introduce you to legendary and contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of kinetic art. Witness the scale and scope of John Buck’s illustrious career as you delve into the intricacies of his large-scale, hand-carved sculptures in motion. Move through Blumen Lumen’s garden of interactive flowers and learn about the scientific study of movement with the UNO Department of Biomechanics’ interactive display.
KINETIC artists: Blumen Lumen by FoldHaus, Deborah Butterfield, George Rickey, John Buck, Larry Sosso, Mark di Suvero, Michael McGinnis, Ralfonso, & Tom Sitzman.
KINETIC collaborators: Anne Pagel, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, Boys & Girls Club of the Midlands, Flatwater Folk Art Museum, Cassia Kite, City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places, Connect Gallery, Creighton University, Debby Coles-Dobay, Dr. Nick Stergiou, Dr. Shane Farritor, Edem Soul Music, Gallery 72, George Neubert, Graham Ulicny, HDR Inc., International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, Kinetic Art Organization, Omaha Under the Radar, RDG Planning & Design, Sheldon Museum of Art, Stanzi Vaubel, Studio Fackler, tbd. Dance Collective, University of Nebraska at Omaha Department of Biomechanics, Vijay Olander, & WhyArts.
Tours – The best way to experience KINETIC is to see it in motion.
Due to the delicate nature of John Buck’s kinetic sculptures, KANEKO will be providing Guided Tours to see the entire exhibition in motion. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to interact with select sculptures during normal gallery hours.
Guided Tours are an opportunity to see all of the sculptures in action, fully moving, accompanied by a KANEKO staff. Weekly tours include:
- Tuesday Tours each week @ 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Friday Lunch Tours each week @ 12 – 1 p.m.
- Saturday Morning & Afternoon Tours each week @ 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 3 – 4 p.m.
These tours are free & open to the public. Led by KANEKO staff, tours are walk-in or by appointment and will accommodate individuals and groups. All ages are welcome. All Guided Tours will begin at KANEKO’s front desk on the 1st floor of the Atrium at the times listed above.
We are beginning a new series of custom made mugs to celebrate each season at KANEKO.
You can purchase the 1st in this series made by local artist, Peter Scherr Ceramics. Inspired by the KINETIC exhibition, Peter’s cups are for sale at KANEKO for $55. Pick up your own limited edition KANEKO cup today!
Peter Scherr was born and raised in Central Nebraska. He is a ceramic artist – making both functional and sculptural pieces – living and working in Eastern Nebraska. Peter assisted in the studio of Jun Kaneko (1999-2000) where he learned and experienced the labors of a studio practice. He later received his BFA (2005) from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, under the tutelage of Gail Kendall, Eddie Dominguez, and Pete Pinnell. He lives, gardens, raises two young daughters and a toddler son and a few laying chickens with his wife on an acre South of Omaha, Nebraska.
Category: Performances | Season: Kinetic
The Generator Series returns with Sound And: Spectra.
The Generator Series presents 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.
During the 1970s, with new technological tools for analysis, composers and musicians dove into the acoustic material of individual sounds to derive materials for their work, including the harmonic content of individual pitches, the ways in which individual sounds behaved in physical environments, and how those sounds evolved over time. Sometimes described as “Spectral Composers,” the creators of works using techniques of acoustic analysis have developed works which bridge the worlds of scientific research and subconscious human experience.
On August 31, the series kicked off its first full season by exploring the music of living spectral composers. Acoustician and engineer Lily Wang, Ph.D., collaborated with composer Dr. Stacey Barelos on a new work that was premiered on the Generator Series. Using their collective expertise, Wang and Barelos created a new musical piece for chamber ensemble that responded directly to the acoustic environment of KANEKO.
Also on the program were works by living composers responding to the invisible stuff of sound, including music by Eliza Brown and Kaija Saariaho. Featuring Hannah Mayer (cello).
Kaija Saariaho: “Petals” for solo cello and electronics
Eliza Brown: “…cellopiece…” for amplified cellist
New Work by Dr. Stacey Barelos and Lily Wang, PhD
Upcoming Generator Series Performances:
Sound and Song: Roomful of Teeth – November 16, 2017
Sound and Memory: The Afield and Alejandro T. Acierto – March 8, 2018
Sound and Sensor: Obelus and tbd Dance Collective – June 21, 2018
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. Learn More ->
Listen to Stacey Barelos talk about the process of creating the Sound And: Spectra piece on KVNO News.
View photos from Sound & Spectra below.
Category: Performances | Season: Kinetic
Introducing the MOVEMENT Series.
Presented by KANEKO and tbd. Dance Collective, the MOVEMENT series will present site specific, multidisciplinary performances focused on modern and contemporary dance.
tbd. Dance Collective kicked off the first performance in the MOVEMENT series, titled FORM.
FORM, an original dance performance, explored concepts of motion and form in relation to the human body as an individual and as part of a greater entity. Combining visual art, sculpture, various tactile materials, lighting elements from the exhibition, and a live sound score, the artists examined the nature of human connection and our kinetic relationship to one another within space.
Presented by KANEKO and tbd. Dance Collective, the MOVEMENT series will present site specific, multidisciplinary performances focused on modern and contemporary dance. Performances will investigate the choreographic process, foster collaboration, and challenge audience perceptions of dance as an art form. There is a universal nature to the human condition, movement found within dance can be one of the most powerful tools of communication we possess and provide the medium in which we connect.
About tbd. Dance Collective
tbd. is an Omaha based modern and contemporary dance collective founded in 2014 by a group of artists and dancers who wanted to create, learn, explore, and perform movement together. The idea of the collective developed organically based on a need for more consistent performance and choreographic opportunities for modern dancers in Nebraska. What began as an unknown, and self-made DIY dance project, quickly grew into an established and recognized fixture in the Omaha arts community.
Through organizations like KANEKO and the Under the Radar Festival, tbd. has been able to create performances that challenge audience perceptions of dance as an art form, and facilitate workshops that enrich people’s lives with movement and self expression. Our work is the result of collaborations and relationships we have fostered with artists throughout the community who specialize in lighting, sound, music, visual art, and film. Through these collaborations, tbd. has been able to expand upon the creative process of building choreography and produce multidisciplinary movement-based performances.
Our mission is to produce unique and quality art through movement, to collaborate with other artists throughout the community so that our work is both innovative and relevant, to encourage critical dialogue about choreography and performance, and continue the growth and support of modern/contemporary dance in Omaha.
Category: Exhibitions • Free • Performances | Season: Kinetic
Indeterminacy is all about exploring the nature of uncertainty.
Creative director, Stanzi Vaubel, hosted the Indeterminacy Festival at KANEKO. This multi-genre performance, in collaboration with ætherplough, Omaha Children’s Choir and local musicians explored the nature of instability inside a handmade inflatable arena.
Over the course of four days, participants created their own indeterminate worlds out of plastic and tape turning 2-dimensional shapes into 3-dimensional environments. Participants building the bubble environment include Why Arts? Inc., Pinewood Elementary School, Chandler View Elementary School & Gilder Elementary School. After creating these environments dancers, musicians, writers, and other artists within the workshop used their artistic skills to collaborate on the creation of a performance inside these inflatable worlds. All participants were led through each stage of the process by director Stanzi Vaubel.
About Stanzi Vaubel
Stanzi Vaubel started out as a classical cellist. She trained at Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard Pre-College. She has collaborated on projects at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center and performed at venues such as Tanglewood, The Long House, and Carnegie Hall. She was hired by the Whitney Museum to design an interactive web project focused on teen engagement with contemporary American art. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate and teaching fellow in the Media Studies Department at The University at Buffalo. The Indeterminacy Festival is her new collaboration with the artists and community members of Buffalo and beyond. Learn More ->
Founded in 2008 by Susann Suprenant and Thom Sibbitt, ætherplough was formed to add context and content to our growing local community of multi-disciplinary artists in order to engage Omaha in the national contemporary performance dialogue. We create, produce, and present contemporary performance in Omaha. Learn More ->