International new music violinist Karen Bentley Pollick debuts at the “Music of Changes” festival with a diverse program merging music and videos from Sweden, Lithuania, France, Lebanon, Israel and America. The imaginative interaction of imagery and music will be wide ranging.
The social consciousness of Ole Saxe's 'Užupis Constitution Song' lies in contrast to Brian Moon's lamentation 'Duetto con Bobik', featuring the vocals of Karen's beloved, yet deceased beagle merged with camerawork by her current hound dog on the cobblestones of Vilnius. Ethereal Baltic harmonies haunt Žibuoklė Martinaitytė's 'Serenity Diptychs', as well as Loreta Narvilaitė’s effervescent 'The Wave Follows the Bird's Flight' and Gediminas Gelgotas’ wintry tribute to Anykščiai in ‘To the Skies’. In ’Cluck Old Hen Variations’, David A. Jaffe merges Paganini with bluegrass fiddling style. Neil Rolnick’s jazz infused ’Fiddle Faddle’ is supplemented with visuals filmed at LRT Studios with a neon bow. Dominique de Williencourt's soulfully evocative 'Mont Ararat' simulates a duo of duduks on scordatura viola. Randall Woolf's thought provoking music is featured in the film 'Beirut is a House of Many Rooms'. Israeli spectral composer Ayal Adler contributes ’Contrasts in Time’, an intense interaction of colors - both in sight and sound.
For several years now Bentley Pollick has shared her time between Vilnius and Evergreen, Colorado (USA), pursuing active career as a soloist and chamber musician, as well as producing various projects in the U.S. and elsewhere. Her unabating thirst for new music, “keen sense for gleaning quality in experimental music and giving these scores their rightful due” (Michael Huebner, Birmingham News) characterize Bentley Pollick as a higly gifted and creative performer, equally adroit on the violin and viola. Being open to new experiences and social life, she may be frequently seen attend diverse cultural events and collaborate with various artists from across disciplines. In her work, like in the A. Adler’s piece Contrasts in Time, she has unchangeably and remarkably displayed an intense interaction of colors ‒ both in sight and sound.