July 22nd (tuesday)
TECHNE + GIRLS ROCK PHILLY
Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe in collaboration with young women from Girls Rock Summer Institute.
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE EVENT
Please join Bowerbird for a special concert featuring young musicians (ages 13 - 18) from Girls Rock Philly in collaboration with sound artists Bonnie Jones and Suzanne Thorpe.
This event is the culmination of a two day workshop called "ARISE: A Dynamic Musical Environment for Change" led by TECHNE at the Girls Rock Summer Institute. TECHNE, an arts education initiative of Jones and Thorpe, lead workshops combining sound, technology and musical improvisation.
Preceding this concert, TECHNE taught the students how to build instruments with DIY electronics and contact mics, explore creative sound-making techniques, and collaborate together in a group improvisation.
Through their programs TECHNE aims to empower young women, increase their involvement in technology, and inspire them to engage in creative and innovative music practices. After the workshop, the girls take home a unique, self-crafted instrument and, we hope, a new and fresh perspective on music making and self-expression.
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.