***The video begins with a short explanation of my concept for the piece (you can also read more about it below), and then the music starts at about 02:05.
“Wishing Well” is an original music composition created and performed live by composer Matt Morton, inspired by the art exhibition 'Was It a Cat I Saw: Paintings and Mixed Media' by Saya Da Jung. This performance marked the final evening that Saya Da Jung’s show was on display at 934 Gallery in Columbus, OH (9/24/16). Donations were accepted for the performance and were donated to the Make-A-Wish® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana Chapter.
MY PERFORMANCE CONCEPT
Many of the source images Saya Da Jung chooses for her paintings and digitally manipulated prints represent things she desires. With titles like "I Wish I Have; Sexy Legs," "Venus in the 21st Century," and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," her work evokes a deep longing for something more, something different than what she already has, something that will finally complete her or bring her lasting happiness. Many of them look hazy, out of focus, incomplete, or abstracted. When I first saw her work, I felt like I was eavesdropping on her daydreams – the sort of dreams and wishes that all of us hold inside ourselves, journal about, and silently speak when we blow out our birthday candles or drop a coin into a wishing well. We don't speak them out loud for fear that they won't come true, or that we'll be judged or made fun of for them. But our silent desires and dreams shape our lives tremendously. My performance attempts to create a musical analog of Saya's work – a misty, dreamlike soundscape built up live, layer by layer using a guitar and various effects pedals (including a looping pedal). I invite the listener to take part by meditating upon his or her own unspoken dreams and desires. What do you wish you had? Who do you wish you were? Would you truly be happy if those dreams came true, or are you wishing for things that could never quench your thirst? What messages are your heart and mind trying to send you that you're too busy or too scared to tune into?
ABOUT MATT MORTON
Matt Morton is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and engineer/producer based in Columbus, Ohio. He was a founding member of the rock band The Shantee, reggae band Seen Tru, and has created music in a wide variety of styles for everything from feature-length films to international ad campaigns. He's best known for his score for the Emmy Award winning Sundance documentary Dinosaur 13 (streaming now on Netflix). Other film credits include Scaring the Fish, Beauty of the Fight, and the short Apollo 17 documentary The Last Steps (CNN Films / Great Big Story), which premiered at the 2016 Hamptons International Film Festival in October 2016.
Saya Da Jung: http://cargocollective.com/sayadajung/