MARINA ROSENFELD: Ssalute (2020)

Sound installation and performance

Dates: November 6th–8th and 10th–15th
Open Hours: 7–10pm daily
Location: Laz Parking Garage, 1200 Ross Ave, Dallas 75202 (ENTRANCE AT SAN JACINTO STREET)
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Artist Talk with Marina Rosenfeld and Noam Segal (Online)
November 6th, 2020; 2pm CST

The 2020–21 AURORA Biennial will open on November 6th, 2020, with the world-premiere of Ssalute, a new work by Marina Rosenfeld. Comprised of a drive-through sound installation and performance occupying the upper floors of Headington Companies’ LAZ parking garage at 1200 Ross Ave, Dallas 75202 (ENTRANCE AT SAN JACINTO STREET) in downtown Dallas and a large-scale public billboard (1408 S. Akard St., Dallas 75215), Rosenfeld’s new work is oriented around the spectator as a driver or passenger, enclosed in the protective skin of their vehicle. Each visitor’s entry into the work is met by an invitation of sorts—into publicness and mutual presence—in the form of a personal salute offered by a live trumpet player, a role shared by notable Dallas-based musicians Raquel Samayoa, Chris Doty and Freddie Jones.

As drivers ascend the labyrinthine architecture of the parking garage, this thickly amplified and augmented salutation follows them, echoing through the structure until they emerge onto the roof and the ambient sound of the city.

In a separate location, passersby may have already encountered an image of Ssalute in the form of a billboard, suggesting a visual form to the experience that leaves space equally for presence, intimacy and alienation. A speculative work in relation to both experience and infrastructure—substituting the vacant parking garage and its radical acoustic treatment for actual civic gathering space—Rosenfeld’s work is an enigmatic public proposal in time of widespread isolation.

Marina Rosenfeld Bio

Marina Rosenfeld is a composer and artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her works explore acoustic architectures and experimental forms of participation and sociality in sound installation and performance. Her work has been presented by the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art, the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (all New York City), the Serralves Foundation (Porto, Portugal), and festivals and biennials throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Australia, including two Whitney Biennials, the 2016  Montreal Biennial and documenta14’s audio program and Donaueschinger Musiktage, both in 2017. She has mounted solo exhibitions at Portikus Frankfurt, the Artist’s Institute (NYC) and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. In 2021, she’ll have a solo show at Kunsthaus Baselland in Basel, Switzerland. Her most recent project, the multi-part Deathstar, will be released as a double LP in November by Shelter Press (France, 2020), to be followed by a monograph in 2021. Rosenfeld also teaches in the MFA programs of Bard College and Brooklyn College and is currently a research artist with Experiments in Art and Technology at Bell Labs Nokia.

Featured Musicians’ Bios

Raquel Samayoa
Raquel Samayoa leads a dynamic and engaging career as a teacher, chamber musician, recitalist, adjudicator and solo performer. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Trumpet and Co-Conductor of the UNT Brass Band at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she has taught since 2018. Dr. Samayoa also performs with Lantana Trio, a brass trio comprised of UNT brass faculty members. She was previously part of the faculty at Tennessee Tech University and Northern Kentucky University.

Dr. Samayoa’s performances have taken her to leading venues in the United States, Russia, Finland, Australia, China, Mexico and the United Kingdom. As a member of the award-winning ensemble Seraph Brass, she frequently tours the US and abroad, giving concerts and engaging in educational outreach performances.

In 2013, Dr. Samayoa recorded Cincinnati Virtuosity – The Cornet Solos of Frank Simon and Herman Bellstedt which is available on Amazon and iTunes. In January 2020, she released her first publication, titled Dueling Fundamentals for Two Trumpets, with Mountain Peak Music.

Dr. Samayoa holds a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in Trumpet Performance from the University of North Texas, where she studied with renowned trumpet pedagogue Keith Johnson. She earned her MA and bachelor’s degrees in Music Education from West Texas A&M University, where she studied trumpet with David Ritter and wind conducting with Dr. Gary Garner.

Freddie Jones
Freddie Jones is a popular jazz trumpet player and composer based in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. With an amazing musical gift, Jones kicks up the energy of a room a notch or two and thrills a jazz-lover’s soul. Audiences are in awe of the sound that Jones can coax from his horns.

Jones has taken his trumpet and his band, the Freddie Jones Jazz Group, throughout the southwest, performing in hotspots from Austin’s’ The Elephant Room to Little Rock’s Riverfront Auditorium to numerous festivals in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Oklahoma City and everywhere in between. He has also performed internationally in cities like Paris, The Hague and Rotterdam. He has several albums to his credit and his band never fails to pull in the audience with its exciting sounds.

Chris Doty
Chris Doty is a Denton-based trumpet player and educator who has performed with various ensembles and at competitions across the country. Earlier this year his octet was a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition in Mechanicsburg, PA and in the previous year, he led his high school marching band students in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, GA, for an audience of over 1 million people. He is an active musician with the Chamber Winds Ensemble, Two and Three o’Clock Jazz Lab Bands, University Brass Band, Brass Quintet, and the National Trumpet Competition Octet. Doty is currently completing his Master of Music at the University of North Texas and received his Bachelor of Music from Tennessee Technological University.

Ssalute is presented as part of the AURORA Biennial 2020-21:

The AURORA Biennial 2020-21 is made possible with generous support from:
TurningPoint Foundation, YPO Gold Maverick Dallas, Visit Dallas, Hartland & Mackie Family Foundation, Downtown Dallas Inc., M.O.B. Foundation, Preciate, Paperlyte, Headington Companies LLC, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, Ruibal’s and InLight Gobos.

Founding Media Sponsor:  The Dallas Morning News

AURORA would like to thank the following individuals for their continued support: Lydia and Bill Addy, Beth and Peter Beck, Nancy and Randy Best, Barbara and Mason Brown, Christie and Trey Brown, Molly Byrne, Lucilo Pena and Lee Cobb, Emily and David Corrigan, Catherine Corrigan, David B. Deniger, Claire Dewar, Bill and Rusty Duvall, Lahav Halevy, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Cinda and Thomas Hicks, Mary Jalonick, Nancy and Mike Kerr, Carol and John Levy, Sarah and Alan Losinger, Vicki and Brian Miller, Susan and Bill Montgomery, Jay and Ruthie Pack, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Cynthia and Charley Redden, Stacey and Gerald Ridgley, Deedie Rose, Catherine and Will Rose, Stephanie and Mark Ruibal, and Nicole and Justin Small, Robie and Fallon Vaughn. 

Installation view, ‘Ssalute’ (2020)

Trumpet player, Chris Doty, performing an original composition by Marina Rosenfeld within the sound installation, ‘Ssalute’ (2020). 

Installation view, ‘Ssalute’ (2020)

Installation view, ‘Ssalute’ (2020)

Installation view, ‘Ssalute’ (2020)