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Allen Otte & John Lane: The Innocents
November 8, 2019 @ 7:30 pm
One event on November 10, 2019 at 2:00pm
Percussionists Allen Otte and John Lane present a concert work for two speaking performers that addresses the issue of wrongful conviction. Through the use of non-traditional instruments, such as found or street percussion, African mbiras/kalimbas, and the use of electronics, the music and text illustrate the strong and complex emotions brought about by wrongful imprisonment and exoneration.
The Innocents was originally conceived by Allen Otte and John Lane as a performance art piece in collaboration with Cincinnati director Michael Burnham and a group of actors from Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Drama Program, which complemented an exhibition of photography by Taryn Simon, The Innocents, at the Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center.
From the larger performance art piece, which included movement, music, spoken word, and drama, the artists distilled music and words into an ever-expanding concert work for two speaking performers. Through the use of non-traditional instruments, such as found or street percussion (rocks, pots, pans, books, chains, trash cans, etc…), African mbiras/kalimbas, and the use of electronics, the music and text illustrate the strong and complex emotions brought about by wrongful imprisonment and exoneration. The music is broken into short continuous movements, each dealing with a particular issue.
It is the artists’ sincere hope that the music can bring about a greater understanding and awareness on the issue of wrongful conviction. Music from The Innocents was recently featured on the DVD “In Their Own Words,” released through the Innocents Project. The Innocents has been performed in various venues including the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, University of Georgia (3-day Interdisciplinary Residency with new music ensemble Bent Frequency), Georgia State University, the Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta, Georgia), Sam Houston State University, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.