Call of the Ouroboros

Call of the Ouroboros – The Knells
Rated G – 30 minutes
9/27 8:00pm & 9/28 5:00pm @ Super Happy Fun Land

Funnel Tunnel

Amanda Gregory and Patrick Renner have worked collaboratively to bring to life The Knell’s in a theatrically-engaging performance-installation.  Gregory employs her powerful vocals as middle voice in the luscious three-part sonic experience, supported by a sculptural set piece executed by Renner, based on the duo’s conceptualization.  Amanda transforms into a Siren-like figure towering above the audience in a monstrous body sculpture that invokes three figures in one, guiding the viewer through a lucid waking dream.

Patrick Renner has gained recent attention for his first large-scale public installation, Funnel Tunnel, sponsored by the Art League Houston.  The piece was given a 2014 Year in Review award by the national organization Public Art Network.  In addition to making sculpture, Renner teaches art at the high school level at the Sharpstown International School, and is a founding member of {exurb} collective, which creates ambitious multi-media installations.

Ouroboros

Avant garde opera singer Amanda Gregory recently moved to Houston from NYC, where she continues to perform in one of New York’s leading hybrid ensembles The Nouveau Classical Project, and was one of 3 female singers in The Knells, signed by New Amsterdam Records.  She has performed traditional operatic roles all across the US and throughout Italy, Germany, and China,  and specializes in performing and premiering contemporary works by composers such as Schoenberg, Berg, Stockhausen, Peter Maxwell Davies, Boulez, Tan Dun, Ginastera, Ligeti, Crumb and frequently collaborates with new composers.  Gregory recently premiered a large scale atmospheric work by sculptural artist Töri Wranes, and she is now expanding her career as a performance artist. In addition to her professional career, Amanda also has a YouTube channel called “Operamanda”, where she bombards civilians with operatic parody and whim,  lyrically comments on politics and media, and simplifies science and technology through ariatic vocals.

The Knells (composed by Andrew Mckenna Lee) are a post rock, neo-psychedelic chamber prog band from Brooklyn, NY. Their debut album, which the New York Times describes as a collection of songs that “sweep ahead, through passages of tolling solo electric guitar, of elegiac vocal melodies and harmonies, of note-bending quasi-Indian strings and guitar, of progressive-rock processionals,” was released on New Amsterdam Records in November 2013, and was cited as one of the year’s most notable releases in The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Textura, and many others.

$12 tickets