Skin Bone Hair

The Kitchen, New York, 2008

Music and art collaborative project with composer Nico Muhly, commissioned by the Kitchen.

With compositions that have been performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, a critically lauded first album, and collaborations with artists ranging from Philip Glass to Björk and Antony, Nico Muhly is, at 26, being acknowledged as one of the most exciting composers and pianists of his generation. The Kitchen has commissioned a new work from the artist, in which he collaborates with the Icelandic artist and fashion designer Shoplifter (a.k.a. Hrafnhildur Arnardottir). Muhly will premiere the work on Friday, March 7 and Saturday, March 8, performing with the accompaniment of Sam Amidon (banjo and voice), Nadia Sirota (viola) and Sam Solomon (percussion). Performances will take place at 8:00 P.M. at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street). Tickets are $10.

The work Muhly will perform at the Kitchen comprises three new chamber music pieces, each with a different tableaux vivant designed for it by Shoplifter. Each of Muhly’s pieces represents one of three bodily elements: bone, skin and hair. The last of these has been the focus of Shoplifter’s recent sculptures and wall murals (as well as her first collaboration with Björk: the human hair sculpture on the cover of her 2004 album, Medúlla). Each of Muhly’s pieces will also prominently feature one of the three costumed musicians performing with him. The culmination of the evening will be a performance of Muhly’s The Only Tune, a retelling of the old folk tale The Two Sisters, a chilling murder ballad in which a young girl’s body is butchered and turned into a fiddle.