Dennis, MA - The 2020 Music & More series at Cape Cod Museum of Art starts on January 5. Sponsored by The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod, the event will see the debut of a brand new creative project. MusArt Interconnections is the first concert collaboration of pianist Ana Glig, artist Joe Diggs and the Cape Cod Museum of Art.
In this extraordinary show, the pianist will be joined by the artist to create an impromptu visual artwork inspired by a live performance of Piano Fantasies from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and twentieth century classical piano repertoire. The audience will witness the MusArt creative process and have the opportunity to purchase the art at the end of the show.
Ana Glig explains “The synthesis of music and art has been a leitmotif throughout my musical career. I’ve always liked to give piano recitals accompanied by visual artwork or photography. I find such experience to be more empowering for me and the audience. At different stages of my life, I was lucky to have teachers who supported what I call my "MusArt" ideas. Today I am delighted and thankful that my new project, "MusArt Interconnections," is supported by the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the gifted artist Joe Diggs.”
The show is a display of not just expression, but also of improvisation. Continuing, Glig describes the process: “Musicians and artists express meaning differently: musicians interpret through sound and artists through color. As a result, the creative process is vastly different. As a pianist, I often feel "X-rayed" on stage, as the audience witnesses my final interpretative decisions. Despite hours of preparation, each performance must be spontaneous, and is often influenced by the energy of the audience, the physical and acoustic properties of the hall and instrument, even my mood and the weather.”
In a live concert, the audience gets to experience the creation of art, beginning to end, in real time. Typically, a visual artist creates their work in the privacy of the studio, the final product only revealed to an audience after many revisions. In concert, there is no such veil between artist and audience. Nothing is hidden, there are no brush strokes to erase or modify. As Diggs improvises a path across his canvas, Glig elegantly structures her music, building a recital raw with emotion and purpose. Exploring as one, painter and pianist come together to create a miraculous expression of art.
MusArt Interconnections hopes to encourage both musician and visual artist to be influenced by each other and to encourage the creation of new visual art resulted from spontaneous emotional reactions, and the art that derives from impressions about the live performance of classical music.
About Ana Glig:
Ana Glig (Gligvashvili) is an award-winning Georgian-American concert pianist praised for her "ability to capture hearts” (by Musical America). In the review of her CD ‘Reminiscences,’ the Fanfare magazine recognized Glig’s touch as “ever sensitive” and praised for her ability “to capture music as well as anyone on disc, whether in a post Debussian space or in filmic wit.” Born in Telavi, Georgia, Ana's first musical impressions trace back to her family and her musician aunt, who exposed her to piano at the age of two. Since then she developed particular love for Georgian polyphonic singing and classical music. As an orchestra soloist, Glig has performed with the Rishon LeZion and Mikeladze symphony orchestras in Israel and Georgian republic, as well as concert appearances in the United States and Europe. Prize winner of the Tel-Hai International Piano Concerto Competition (Israel) and Georgian Musician-Performers Competition, Glig is also a recipient of the pianist Alfred Cortot prize for the best interpretation of romantic music at the Tbilisi International Piano Competition.
Glig holds a Master’s degree in piano performance from Mannes School of Music -The New School, an Advanced Certificate in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from NYU Steinhardt (New York University) and a Bachelor’s degree from Tbilisi State Conservatory (Republic of Georgia). At NYU she also served as adjunct piano faculty.
In 2018 Glig organized a benefit concert with her friends to support a humanitarian organization
American Friends of Georgia (AFG), which took place in Sandwich Town Hall, Massachusetts. As a piano duo, Glig collaborates with her husband, pianist James Rosenblum for special occasions, including First Night Chatham 2019 & upcoming 2020. Along with her husband, Glig is also a founder of the A & G Piano Masterclasses and Competition in Eastern part of Georgian Republic.
After moving from New York City with her family, Glig currently resides in Harwich, where she continues to perform, teach and work. Visit and subscribe Ana Glig’s webpage for upcoming performances, to book her concerts, private lessons, etc. www.facebook.com/PianistAG/
About Joe Diggs:
"My work has always assisted me with life on Micah’s Pond, a beautiful property once owned by my grandfather, then my father, now me. I concentrate on painting and finding the exact color, the exact shape to say what I’m trying to say. I allow myself to act as a medium and concentrate on the images that come through on the canvas. Sometimes I have plans for the painting and strategically make it happen. Other times I approach the canvas on a pure emotional level by letting the paint flow free, almost like a child would.
To me painting is magic; images appear out of nothing, blobs of color transform themselves to a new meaning. Creating art gives me the opportunity to share my visual experiences. I identify with the power of the image and represent it to my audience. I want my work to invoke thoughts and emotions that will take the viewer on a visual journey. I paint from observation, but allow my art the freedom to be spontaneous, which spawns new work. Just as importantly, by allowing impromptu action, I omit the desire to control everything in the process. This grants me a voyeuristic space to operate. Being intensely in control without force, I react to chance intuitively, and reflect my findings to my audience. Being a voyeur and a medium wrapped into one.
I was born in Croix Chapeau, France to a military family that has supported my artistic and athletic desires. After graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art Painting with a need for a more international education, I gained employment as a Flight Attendant with US Airways. Recently I have completed a Masters of Fine Art Degree at Massachusetts College of Art and Design."
Joe Diggs, artist webpage: https://joediggsart.com/
About Music & More:
Music & More runs Sundays, January 5 through March 29 at 2:30pm with sold-out performances every week. Enjoy intimate concerts with musicians from a vast variety of disciplines, including swing, blue grass, Dixieland jazz, Celtic music, jazz standards and classical music. Following each performance, join the musicians for conversation and light refreshments. The full lineup and information on registering can be found online at: www.ccmoa.org. Admission is $15-$18.
About the Cape Cod Museum of Art
Cape Cod Museum of Art, the regional art museum of Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts, is located off Route 6A, 60 Hope Lane, on the grounds of Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis. Admission: Free for members and children 12 and under; adults $10, Seniors 62+ $8; students aged 13-18 $7. Gallery hours beginning December 1: Thursday-Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday noon – 4pm. ARTfull Thursdays! Free Admission to the Galleries from 4:00pm - 7:00pm on Thursdays. Special programs may also be enjoyed for a small fee. Information: 508-385-4477 or www.ccmoa.org.