HEART OF TONES at the University of Michigan Museum of Art | Presented in Partnership with UMMA

Stephen J. Rush

HEART OF TONES at the University of Michigan Museum of Art | Presented in Partnership with UMMA

Amy Chavasse




New Music

HEART OF TONES at the University of Michigan Museum of Art | Presented in Partnership with UMMA

Warming up the Edge!

This is a free event.

  • Stephen J. Rush, multi-instrument
  • Amy Chavasse, dance
  • Students from UMSMTD

Event Details

Inspired by Random International’s LED-light and motion-sensing dynamic sculpture, Swarm Study / II, featured in UMMA's exhibition Victors for Art: Michigan's Alumni Collectors—Part II: Abstraction, SMTD professors Stephen Rush and Amy Chavasse lead students in an outdoor performance of interactive works by Pauline Oliveros and John Cage.

This is a FREE event.

Stephen J. Rush

Stephen Rush has had premieres in five continents and released many publications of his musical compositions. He has written five operas, over 50 works for Dance, chamber and electronic works, concertos, and two symphonies, performed by the Detroit Symphony and the Warsaw National Symphony. He has authored two books, including Free Jazz, Harmolodics and Ornette Coleman. Rush has recordings on Nessa, Innova, ESP Disk', Equilibrium, Leo, Deep Listening, Centaur, MMC, RogueArts (Paris), Eroica, Summit, and CALA Records (with the New York Philharmonic Chamber Musicians).

Rush is professor of music at the University of Michigan, where he founded the Digital Music Ensemble (DME) which he has directed for 25 years. DME he has worked with Pauline Oliveros, Elliott Sharp, Alvin Lucier and Robert Ashley, and premiered works by John Cage, Philip Glass, and La Monte Young. Rush also heads the immensely popular class "Creative Process" (UARTS 250), whose team recently was awarded the Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize.

He collaborates with virtually every ensemble at SMTD, having written scores for the University Symphony, University Choir, Trombone Ensemble, as well over 100 scores for dance.

Rush has also taken over 130 students to India every summer since 2005, where they study music, dance and yoga for one month. There they study, one-on-one, with gurus who are deeply committed to the cultural traditions of India.

Rush has over 35 CDs released, and has performed or recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Elliott Sharp, Steve Swell, Eugene Chadbourne, Peter Kowald, and his jazz trio Naked Dance with Jeremy Edwards and Andrew Bishop. He also tours and records with his electronic psychedelic improvisation band, Crystal Mooncone.

He is also deeply invested in "Installation Art", with current works in collaboration with Michael Gould and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Henry Pollack -World Without Ice, as well as Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible in collaboration with scientists at the Fermi Lab.

Amy Chavasse

Amy Chavasse, Associate Professor of Dance, choreographer, performer, educator, improviser, storyteller and artistic director of ChavasseDance&Performance joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2006. She has been a guest artist/ faculty member at numerous institutions including Middlebury College, Arizona State, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC-Greensboro, NC School of the Arts, George Washington, Bennington College, University of Calgary and Cornish College of the Arts. She teaches at Ann Arbor Dance Works, ADF’s WFSS series, at DNA- NYC, Florence Summer Dance, Duncan 3.0 (Rome), and was on the faculty of ProDanza Italia from 2006-2010. She teaches contemporary technique, composition, improvisation, repertory, creative process, and social issues in dance.

As artistic director of ChavasseDance&Performance, Chavasse's work has been presented throughout the U.S. including New York City (Dance New Amsterdam, Dixon Place, 100 Grand, Judson Church, WaxWorks, Triskelion, BAAD Ass! Women’s Fesitval); Washington, D.C. (The Dance Place); San Diego; Seattle (Broadway Performance Hall); Vermont (The Flynn Theater); Tempe, AZ; and with the NC Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out. Internationally, she has taught and had her work produced in Trinidad; Cienfuegos and Havana, Cuba; Kaunus and Vilnius, Lithuania; Vienna, Austria; Cali, Colombia; and Buenos Aires. She is dedicated to establishing international connections for her own creative projects and for her students, and since arriving at U-M, she has successfully funded two residencies by Grupo Krapp - Buenos Aires, and ResExtensa Danza Teatro Danza - Bari, Italy. ChavasseDance&Performance traveled to Bari, Italy in July 2011 to teach, rehearse and premiere Hunger for the Longing (a biased history of seduction). Chavasse has danced in many companies and independent projects in NC, DC and NYC, as well as with Laura Dean Dancers and Musicians and Bill Young and Dancers. She received her BFA from the University of NC School of the Arts and her MFA from the University of Washington.