Beyond This Point
UMBC’s Department of Music presents Outside the Lines, a concert series made possible with financial support from UMBC’s Linehan Fund for Excellence in the Arts. These concerts feature three unique ensembles dedicated to blurring traditional music formats in presentation and composition.
What does a musician become without their instrument? Can they use their skills in other ways, and still make music? What are the boundaries of what we can all agree is an “instrument”? What does musical virtuosity become if we don’t have 88 keys, 4 strings and a bow, or an embouchure through which to experience it?
Living up to their name, Chicago-based collective ensemble Beyond This Point explores these questions in a concert that both breaks and expands what it means to be a musician and a performer. The musicians’ “instruments” run the gamut from a loose jack cable to an IKEA desk lamp to their own bodies and voices. Each work is suffused with musical virtuosity, but that virtuosity is brought to bear on an object or context that seems to resist being labeled as “musical.” Yet, after passing through the eye of the needle, the performers and audience alike emerge on the other side having glimpsed at a possible future where musical expression is no longer constrained to the world of instruments.
Beyond This Point’s program, entitled Musician Minus Instrument, features works by Jessie Marino, Kaj Duncan David, Stefano D’Alessio, Simon Løffler, François Sarhan, and Mark Applebaum.