To expand the ideals of cross cultural arts, Tucson visual artist To-Ree-Nee Wolf has opened her art studio, Random Wolf productions, to the public in an series of mini concerts featuring visiting and local musicians.
The first art studio concert held recently in the 1,200 square foot space featured Cantrell Maryott-Driver, M. Dasheya Cowell and Wolf. The intimate crowd of 30 listened intently surrounded by paintings, sculptures and photographs placed on bright colored walls.
Former Tucson resident Cantrell Maryott-Driver had been doing house concerts in Ashland Oregon and scheduled some for Tucson. She is also scheduled to do a six week tour in Europe. Wolf suggested she do one of the house concerts in the studio. The result was measurable.
Seated comfortably in the studio space the audience commented on the art before the music began and during the performances many could be seen glancing and even staring into the art as if it were part of the concert. At times it seemed as if some of the work was created specifically for the concert, although Wolf said that was not the case.
“As a singer songwriter my lyrics are very visual. In my visual work there are often aspects that I think of as percussive elements,” Wolf said. The connection the audience felt, although not intended, exemplifies the connection that art and music share.
Perhaps that is why so many were attracted to the walls of art while listening to the three amazing singers perform.
Wolf said the music and her art combined enhanced her experience. Cowell noted she had switched her song list to fit the “reverence” of the art. Driver said the art adds to the intimacy of the concert.
Music and art are often separated by circumstance. At art openings the music is secondary to the art. Rarely do music and art share the same stage in a small venue for 20 to 30 people. Wolf feels it’s time to let the two share a space and then let the audience discover the experience.
Having discovered the magic of this concert Wolf intends to schedule more. One being with Jeff Chamberlin, a singer and song writer who she has known for 30 years. Although Wolf could easily find a house to do a concert in she prefers her studio.
Wolf has musician friends that include Heidi Wilson, who she describes as “A brilliant saxophonist” who she has done collaborative work with for more that two decades. She is planning at concert with Wison as well.
“The studio offers more space, the art work on the walls adds to the magic of the moment and creates a more evocative environment,” Wolf said.
The future concerts are being labeled “An intimate evening of amazing music,” she said.
“Having the concerts at my studio creates a fusion, a syntheses of arts forms.”