The Krása Skyscapes Project: A Journey in Memory, Healing, and Transformation
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Remembrance, music, and visual art converge for a transformative experience in the Krása Skyscapes Project, presented to Humanity Rising by convener Dr. Kathleen Riley, joined by Mark Ludwig, Terezín Music Foundation Executive Director and a Fulbright scholar of art under the Nazis, and painter Jim Schantz. This program illustrates the power of the arts to amplify coherence, honor life, humanity and the creative spirit.
- Kathleen Riley, Ph.D., is a pianist, Yamaha Artist in Education, performer, researcher, lecturer, teacher and writer with a mission to help performing artists connect more deeply with their heart’s intelligence and create coherence through their music and sound. Having received three degrees in piano performance, she performed for many years as a soloist and chamber musician. She pursued a doctorate in piano performance with the intention of investigating the use of auditory and visual feedback to deepen pianists’ awareness of nuances in performers’ interpretations. She went on to post-doctoral studies in neurophysiology and psychology at NYU. Seeing the intimate connection between the mind and body, she expanded her “toolkit” to include biofeedback fir neuromuscular problems and performance anxiety. Her latest research study, conducted in collaboration with the HeartMath Institute, explored the effects of a shared heart intention among members of a string quartet on the musicians and audience members. The research was filmed and produced as a documentary, Intention: The Power of the Heart. In response to COVID-19, she created the Global Coherent Musicians Community on Facebook, designed to bring musicians, scientists and researchers together to understand and explore how our intentions and sound frequencies affect the global field. Dr. Riley has also been invited by Awake TV to come on board as Director of Performance Arts.
- Mark Ludwig is a Fulbright scholar of Terezín and a member of the Pamatník Terezín (Terezín Memorial) Advisory Board. He founded Terezin Music Foundation in 1991 and serves as its Executive Director. He is Adjunct Professor of Music at Boston College and author of the Holocaust education curriculum Finding A Voice: Musicians in Terezín. Mr. Ludwig teaches about Terezín and the Holocaust around the world and consults for major orchestras and organizations. A violist and Boston Symphony Orchestra member emeritus who has blended his musical career with social causes promoting tolerance, he has performed to benefit causes in the U.S., Bosnia, Darfur, Tibet, and Central Europe, and was nominated as a UNESCO Artist for Peace and Goodwill Ambassador. Mr. Ludwig has published essays and CD liner and program notes, and has participated as an artist, consultant, and producer of recordings on the London DECCA and other major labels. He is editor of Liberation: New Works on Freedom from Internationally Renowned Poets (Beacon 2015)
- Jim Schantz has been painting the Western Massachusetts landscape since 1982. He is best known for his staggering land, sea, and skyscapes that frame and share emotion as well as outdoor scenes. His work confronts the viewer with the sublimity of nature. Sometimes subtle and tranquil, sometimes tempestuous, Schantz’s paintings ponder through the depths of human feeling, each eliciting an immediate, almost primal reaction. Although influenced by a Romanticist appreciation for the greatness of nature, and a hint of Fauvist color-boldness, Schantz’s art never capitulates to gloom or agitation. Portraying mood with variations in light, he renders strong emotion, concealing and revealing in turn through careful layers of oil paint, through the coloration of each cloud and the twist of each rivulet. Schantz’s work imparts his vision, instilling in any observer the admiration and reverence for nature that he so tangibly experiences. He has exhibited internationally and throughout the United States. His works can be found in many public collections, including the Berkshire Museum, Center for Spiritual Life at Emerson College, Lowe Art Museum, Syracuse University, Nelson Museum, U.C. Davis, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Skidmore College, Simon’s Rock of Bard College, and University of Massachusetts. Schantz’s paintings have been featured in exhibitions at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, the Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, the Albany Institute of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Berkshire Museum.
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