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The Surreal Music and Instrumentation of Walter Kitundu

For Immediate Release:
March 01, 2005

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The Surreal Music and Instrumentation of Walter Kitundu

Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See On Broadway
Thursday, March 17, 8:30pm

The Exploratorium presents Situation Abnormal: Performances You’ll Never See On Broadway, a once-a-month series of off-beat live performances in the Exploratorium’s McBean Theater. The series ends with the surreal music and instrumentation of Walter Kitundu, on Thursday, March 17 at 8:30pm. For reservations, call (415) 561-0308. Tickets to each event are included in the price of same-day admission to the Exploratorium ($12).

Kitundu’s performance includes two new phonoharps, one of which is a bowed turntable inspired by an Indian sarangi, the other, a new light-activated instrument of his own design. The songs demonstrate the range of the turntable as a musical instrument and illustrate the myriad influences (global cultures, architecture, the environment, hip-hop, and philosophy) that color the process of imagining and building new instruments. The compositions are largely improvised and use both the acoustic and electronic properties of the turntables, and have been characterized as transporting listeners to another universe of sound.

Kitundu is a sound/visual artist, graphic designer, composer and instrument builder. He uses an interdisciplinary approach to develop compositions/installations/ instruments that blur the boundaries between media. He has constructed elemental turntables that rely on wood, water, fire and earthquakes for their power and pitch. Kitundu is the creator of a family of phonoharps -- beautifully crafted multi-stringed instruments made from record players. He strives to reconnect the technology of new music to fundamental principles drawn from the natural world. Kitundu has an ongoing residency at the Exploratorium.

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The Exploratorium is the global leader in informal learning, igniting curiosity and inspiring creativity in people of all ages. The world-renowned science museum creates original, interactive exhibits, on display at more than 1,000 science centers, museums and public spaces around the world. Dedicated to education reform in and out of the classroom, the Exploratorium is a premier professional development center for educators and a creator of award-winning educational resources. Since 1969, the Exploratorium has influenced generations of entrepreneurs, artists, scientists, teachers, students, children, museum professionals and everyday doers, reaching nearly 180 million people annually from around the globe. On April 17, 2013, the Exploratorium opened at Pier 15 in the heart of San Francisco's Embarcadero, where it will celebrate a new era of experiences that encourage critical thinking and awaken wonder for generations to come. For more information, visit www.exploratorium.edu/visit.

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