The Watermill Center’s Winter Viewpoints Series

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The Daxophone Consort. © Maria Baranova Suzuki. Courtesy The Watermill Center.

On Wednesdays in January, The Watermill Center will host its 2021 Winter Viewpoints series. The conversation series, offered online via Zoom, will begin in the new year on January 6, at 5:30 p.m. with The Daxophone Consort, composed of Watermill alum Daniel Fishkin, Cleek Schrey and Ron Shalom.

In its workshop titled “Historical & Contemporary Approaches to the Daxophone,” The Daxophone Consort will take audiences on a tour of the daxophone. They will learn about the material properties of the instrument, such wood and amplification, and be introduced to various aspects of performance practice. The group will also demonstrate other music made with a daxophone by notable practitioners in the instrument’s short history, such as its inventor Hans Reichel and its Japanese champion, Kazuhisa Uchihashi.

The Winter Viewpoint series is a digital continuation of The Watermill Center’s annual Viewpoints: Nights @ The Roundtable series, which began in 2018 and featured intimate conversations with local artists and community organizers, as well as center staff, alumni and community fellows.

“Though we can’t gather onsite for obvious reasons, we still wanted to continue the series to engage with our local community,” said The Watermill Center’s public programming and residency coordinator, Kelly Dennis. “The joy of doing this series online is that now we can expand our community beyond our local East End friends and family, continue to support artists in this way, and welcome in a global community to share in what started as an intimate event.”

The series unofficially kicked off on December 16 with a conversation between Dennis and fellow attorney and activist, Tela Troge. The two discussed the history of the Shinnecock Nation, and its involvement in legal battles for land restoration, protection, and preservation throughout the years, including recent activity around the Shinnecock Monument Project and Sovereignty Camp 2020 on Sunrise Highway during Native American Heritage Month.

“The special thing about this program is that it really showcases a wide range of topics,” said Elka Rifkin, director of The Watermill Center. “From important and thought provoking conversations, to highlighting the work of local and international artists, Viewpoints allows us to look into the contemporary moment and share it with each other.”

Other upcoming Viewpoints include: Artist Erica-Lynn Huberty on January 13; composer Adam Lenz and musician Zach Rowden on January 20; and multidisciplinary duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya on January 27. All talks begin at 5:30 p.m. The series is free and open to the public. Each talk will also be live streamed to The Center’s Facebook page. Register online at watermillcenter.org.

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