Photo Essay: Fonema Consort, Pictures of an Exhibition 5/1 at Constellation

photos and text by Tim Porter

Fonema Consort's recent concert, "Pictures at an Exhibition," explored the relationships between music and visuals, with works drawing inspiration from painting, drawings, photos, and videos/sculpture. This photo essay returns from the sonic back into the visual, folding that relationship onto itself once again. Presented by Frequency Series at Constellation, May 1, 2016.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video. Pictured: Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Ryan Packard, percussion.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video.

Pictured: Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Ryan Packard, percussion.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video. Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Ryan Packard, percussion.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video.

Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Ryan Packard, percussion.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video. Pictured: Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe.

World premiere of Bethany Younge's "Bodyscape," accompanied by a video.

Pictured: Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders.  Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Samuel Rowe, guitar.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders. 

Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Samuel Rowe, guitar.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders.  Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Samuel Rowe, guitar.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders. 

Pictured: Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Samuel Rowe, guitar.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders.  Pictured: Ryan Packard, percussion; Dalia Chin, flute; Nina Dante, soprano.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders. 

Pictured: Ryan Packard, percussion; Dalia Chin, flute; Nina Dante, soprano.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders.  Pictured: Dalia Chin, flute; Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Pablo Chin, conductor.

World premiere of Lewis Nielson's "nos qui captivos duxerunt," inspired by photographs of abolitionists and civil rights leaders. 

Pictured: Dalia Chin, flute; Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe; Pablo Chin, conductor.

Intermission with video by Theresa Chong.

Intermission with video by Theresa Chong.

Pablo Chin's "A Rayas y Cuadros," based on drawings by Theresa Chong.  Pictured: Samuel Rowe, guitar.

Pablo Chin's "A Rayas y Cuadros," based on drawings by Theresa Chong

Pictured: Samuel Rowe, guitar.

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship.  Pictured: Dalia Chin, flutes; Daniel Walden, piano; Nina Dante, soprano; Ryan packard, percussion

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship. 

Pictured: Dalia Chin, flutes; Daniel Walden, piano; Nina Dante, soprano; Ryan packard, percussion

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship.  Pictured: Ryan Packard, percussion.

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship. 

Pictured: Ryan Packard, percussion.

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship.  Pictured: Dalia Chin, flutes; Daniel Walden, piano; Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe.

Richard Barrett's "Coïgitum," inspired by a surrealist painting by Roberto Matta that reflects the history of Augusto Pinochet's oppressive dictatorship. 

Pictured: Dalia Chin, flutes; Daniel Walden, piano; Nina Dante, soprano; Jonathan Thompson, oboe.