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Karen Kim, Patrick Castillo, and Antoine Duke​
September 15

Husband-and-wife-to-be team of Grammy Award-winning violinist Karen Kim and composer Patrick Castillo will present the world premiere performance of Music for The Third Place, a new collaborative, site-specific work, designed for the Third Place Gallery.

The interactive, aleatoric work for violin and live electronics takes its form from competitive board games, in which a set of pre-determined rules, the actions of each player, and their consequences govern the choices each player is allowed to make. The violinist begins with a set of pre-composed melodic fragments, which are combined with pre-recorded materials and subjected to live audio processing systems. The violin and electronic components compete to be the first to reach the end of the piece. Ambient noises from within and without the Third Place Gallery will also be integrated into the soundscape.

The work will be performed twice: first, with minimal explanation; followed by discussion of how the work is assembled and realized; and then once again, with the audience in on the process. Given the work’s aleatoric nature, no two performances will unfold the same way. The evening will also include music by Bach, Castillo, and other composers. This event marks Karen Kim and Patrick Castillo’s first public collaborative performance.

Patrick and Karen will be joined by Antoine Duke, who will perform his original spoken word piece, "The Violins Were Blind When the Thunderstorms Hit."

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Violinist Karen Kim is a native of La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is an active chamber musician and has performed extensively throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. As a member of the Parker Quartet, she received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance in 2011, as well as the Grand Prize and Mozart Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition. Karen received her BM and MM in violin performance, as well as her MM in chamber music, from the New England Conservatory. She studied classical violin with Donald Weilerstein and jazz violin with vocalist Dominique Eade. She has also worked with György Kurtág, Rainer Schmidt, Paul Katz, Roger Tapping, Kim Kashkashian, and Miriam Fried. Karen plays on a Joseph Rocca violin made in 1852.

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Patrick Castillo leads a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, writer, and educator. His music has been featured at festivals and venues throughout the United States and internationally including Spoleto Festival USA, June in Buffalo, the Santa Fe New Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Berklee College of Music, Tenri Cultural Institute, Bavarian Academy of Music (Munich), and Nuremberg Museum of Contemporary Art.
Patrick is variously active as an explicator of music to a wide range of listeners. He has provided program notes for numerous concert series: most prolifically for Music@Menlo, a chamber music festival and institute in Silicon Valley for which he also serves as Artistic Administrator. He has been a guest lecturer at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Fordham University, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass (Kentucky), String Theory at the Hunter (Chattanooga, TN), and ChamberFest Cleveland. In October 2010, he was appointed Director of Artistic Planning of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.


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Antoine Duke is a nineteen year-old artist, performer, poet educator, spoken word artist , dancer, and director who pursues social justice education through theater and art. Antoine grew up and lives in the Chicago Avenue neighborhood. He has founded four companies, including No Projection, which teaches literacy through spoken word and social justice theater. He also received a grant to start “8 Stages,” a program at Pillsbury House Theater that uses spoken word teach youth how to prevent a culture of violence. Antoine has attended conferences and performed across the country, and we are delighted to welcome him to The Third Place.