As the 2012 visiting artist at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester (NY) Anna created a joint work with four Eastman composers for the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity. The work, titled Room for Five, is based on four specific colors and their corresponding musical intervals resulting in five large paintings and four solo piano pieces. The composers are Rachel Seah, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Stylianos Dimou, and Anthony Duarte. The Benson Forum on Creativity is a bi-annual event held at the Eastman School of Music with the purpose of encouraging open discussion on the nature of creativity across artistic disciplines.
At the beginning of the collaboration, the composers each gave Anna a color to work with. These colors then became the base of Anna’s five paintings, which she made in call and response to the compositions.
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The project was curated by Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez of the Composition Department, and the premiere was on April 17, 2012, in Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman.