Luce Unplugged Concert Series
Luce Unplugged is a monthly concert series that pairs live music by D.C.-area musicians with works in the museum's collection. Each concert features an "opening act"—a staff-led talk on an artwork selected by the featured group, after which the headliner performs an hour-long set. For more information visit our Mixtape page: http://americanart.si.edu/luce/mixtape/ To see photos of past performances: http://www.flickr.com/photos/americanartmuseum/sets/72157637156446246/
Substantial chose Lloyd G. Schermer's "An American Puzzle" to accompany their Luce Unplugged performance on 11/4/12. "I feel that this piece represents my music because I feel that every songwriter's music is a puzzle in a sense. We gather experiences over time and piece them together in every song or album we create."
Fire and the Wheel selected "The Wreck" by Harrington Fitzgerald to accompany their Luce Unplugged performance on 12/9/12. "The Wreck resonates with us because it evokes the same kind of tumultuous feeling we try to put across in a lot of our songs—holding on in rough waters."
More Humans selected Wayne Thiebaud's "Three Sandwiches" to accompany their Luce Unplugged performance on 5/31/13. “We love the weird simplicity and elegance of this painting. It is simultaneously straight-forward and alienating; boring and gripping; forgettable and astonishing. This painting embodies something that we continually strive for in our music: setting up the battle between the comfort of melody and structure and the sense of being pushed off-balance...”
Lightfoot selected William Johnson's "Jitterbugs (II)" to accompany their Luce Unplugged performance on 6/5/11. "...I was drawn in by the color and movement of this work. I love the abstract interpretation of two dancers seamlessly melting into one another while surrounded by horns. The use of trumpet and flugelhorn in my music is an important element to Lightfoot's sound; thus I felt connected to the warmth and rhythm of this piece."
Aaron Estes,of Black Hills, picked George Catlin's Sioux Indians on Snowshoes Lancing Buffalo to accompany their performance. Estes:“It reminds me very much of growing up in western South Dakota. Not that we chased buffalo around, but a lot of the local art focused on similar themes and styles. Plus it looks like home. It’s cold and isolated, and ruthless, but beautiful. It sort of takes my mind away, and I like feeling that isolated beauty. I try to make music that makes me feel the same way.”