While living in Vienna, Austria, I became deeply involved with grass roots movements and urban think-tankers, looking at using arts for urban innovation. This led me to immersive storytelling through site-specific music performances. By opening up the realms of the concert hall, I aimed at giving wider audiences access to musical performances within an alternative setting. Out into the urban city, I chose a building in the 4th district of Vienna, silently waiting to be demolished, occupied temporarily by artists and artist ateliers, and transformed it into a musical dreamscape which brought people together to experience an enchanting musical performance where music and performers interacted with the architectural space. The project was a site-specific performance called 'Soundproof'-Shield yourself from daily city life and enter a panorama of music and sound.' Info on the project at: http://emerviolinist.wixsite.com/artistmotion
The project aimed at creating a conversation between Music and Architecture and crossing borders between different artistic disciplines. An enchanting lighting design was established to amplify the mood of the space and bring the audience into another world.
My next project was a project called Social Scoring, where I aimed to activate different spots of the city of Vienna by bringing musicians into a conversation with the city and with themselves. Rappers worked with classical musicians, classical musicians improvised with jazz artists. Each learned something from the others' style and perspective and a sharing of ideas took place. Pop up improvisation concerts took place along the border of the Vienna Gurtel (belt) which was a divide in the city between different social classes. Bars and cafes welcomed this classical fusion and audiences opened their ears and minds to experiencing something different out of their daily routines and local hotspots. I integrated a quartet together with a rap artist into a performance intervention that took place after a park movie event. Audiences were presented with music that they would have not normally experienced or expected, gathering to watch a movie in a park.
My experiences with Social Scoring were published in a book format and is available to purchase from the Austrian education press -Akademiker Verlag at the following link. They have an office in New York and Vienna. https://www.akademikerverlag.de/catalog/details//store/de/book/978-3-330-50453-0/social-scoring