Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5-9 PM
A four hour event featuring artwork by Benjamin Parks from Lullabies Till Dawn, centered around an illustrated songbook with songs and narrative by Simon Fink chronicling early fatherhood, sleep deprivation, and music-making. The evening will host a performance that features The Wires string duo (Laurel Morgan Parks and Sascha Groschang), and a live reading.
The event is FREE and open to the public. performances begin at 8:00 PM but the space will open at 5:00 PM to exhibition visual art work and pieces of the book, “Lullabies Till Dawn.”
LULLABIES TILL DAWN
- First Friday, October 4th, 2019
- Gallery Opens at 5:00 PM
- Readings begin at 7:00 PM
- Performances from 8:00 to 9:00 PM
“About four years ago I quit my job to stay at home and parent. I had recently finished studying composition in music school, but now my most creative periods were no longer at the piano or studio desk, but in the late-night rocking chair. Sleep-deprived contemplation replaced fastidious orchestration. My aim was no longer the aesthetic development of musical materials, engaging in the great Western tradition, but simply to crack the communication barrier with ones too young to understand language and to keep myself lucid in the process.” (Simon Fink)
Simon is a composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His music has been called “delicate, intriguing, shadowy, (and) suddenly new” (NPR) and “refreshing” (The Kansas City Star). He brings a wide-ranging background and classically-trained ear to genres from opera to electronic music to the American folk song. He currently writes and performs with the folk/bluegrass quartet Under the Big Oak Tree.
Simon has received honors from the Academy of Arts and Letters, the MacDowell Colony, and the New York Youth Symphony, and his works have been featured by The Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Aspen Music Festival, and the Staunton Music Festival. His past collaborations include projects with Grammy winning musicians eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Kevin McMillan, and Ian Howell, as well as Uniondocs, Ensemble Iberica, and Tunisia88.
Benjamin Parks is a Kansas City based artist whose primary focus is painting large scale portraits and figurative work. He has shown many original works in galleries and art spaces throughout the country, including the Leedy-Voulkous Art Center, the C Flat Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, the Keyhole Gallery, the Underground Gallery and various other venues. Parks’ paintings, sculptures and interactive pieces have been commissioned for private collections throughout the country. As an Art Director, he has completed work for clients such as Mercedes Benz, On The Border, Dice, Delta Airlines, Boston College, Wyndham Resorts, Sunlighten Day Spas and K-State University, among others.