A Bookmobile for Dreamers combines live theremin, recorded soundscape, and video into a meditation on books, reading, libraries, and culture. Inspired by the joy of browsing, A Bookmobile for Dreamers celebrates the imagination as triggered by the printed word. As a bookmobile makes its rounds, we enter a series of books - and are carried away with the leaps, associations and meanderings of the imagination in all its unpredictability. Designed to be as portable as a bookmobile, A Bookmobile for Dreamers can be presented anywhere there is a blank wall and an electrical outlet.
Elizabeth Brown combines a composing career with an extremely diverse performing life, playing flute, shakuhachi, and theremin in a wide variety of musical circles. Her chamber music, shaped by this unique group of instruments and experiences. A Juilliard graduate and Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, Brown's music has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia, South Africa and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe. She has two solo CDs: Elizabeth Brown: Mirage (New World) and Blue Minor: Chamber Music by Elizabeth Brown (Albany) She has been Artist-in-Residence in numerous places, from the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music to the Grand Canyon. She lived in Japan on a Cultural Exchange Fellowship supported by the US/Japan Friendship Commission in 2009, and has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and at the MacDowell Colony.
Lothar Osterburg's work encompasses printmaking, photography, sculpture and film/video. He creates images of lost or imagined worlds by building models from memory using readily available, found material. Books and language, obsolete transportation devices, and other traces of civilization are recurring themes throughout his alternative histories. Osterburg's work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, and the New York Public Library. He is one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of photogravure, a now rare 19th century photographic etching process. A 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, he is currently Artist-in-Residence at Bard College.
Elizabeth Brown, composer and theremin
Lothar Osterburg, video and models
* "A Bookmobile for Dreamers" was commissioned through Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA program, which is made possible by generous support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Ford Foundation, the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, New York Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Helen F. Whitaker Fund.