Solos (with demonstration and commentary) by J.D. Parran followed by textile & performance artist Carmen Kolodzey in collaboration with Parran on assorted instruments.
All Dressed Up is an improvised performance piece for voice, bass saxophone, mixed winds, homemade instruments, percussion, and sewing machines. The work comments on the relationship between garment workers and the fashion world, paralleling the experiences, good and bad, of musicians and artists interfacing with society.
Photos from the 1995 Roulette performance installation.
Southern France based, German born artist Carmen Hay Kolodzey went to live in New York City in 1990, after she left her tenured teaching position (fine arts & textile) to pursue a career as a professional artist. Her Master’s degree in fine arts & textile education from the University of Essen & Duisburg laid the basis for her unique, self-invented, technique in which she fuses textile material with painting techniques.
J.D. Parran is an American multi-woodwind player, educator, and composer. He plays the soprano, alto, tenor, baritone, and bass saxophone, as well as the E-flat clarinet, clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, contra-alto clarinet, flute, piccolo, alto flute, bamboo flute, Native American flute, bamboo saxophone, and nagaswaram. Parran has recorded with Stevie Wonder and John Lennon. He was a member of New Winds with Robert Dick and Ned Rothenberg, and is a longtime member of Anthony Davis’s Episteme ensemble. He also performs and records with Anthony Braxton’s ensembles and has collaborated with Leroy Jenkins, Hamiet Bluiett, Douglas Ewart, John Lindberg, Peter Brötzmann, and the free improvisation group Company (Derek Bailey et al.).