Room for Five (2012)

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.

"Room for Five" by Anna Schuleit — Four ColorsAt 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.

In the studio: "Room for Five" by Anna Schuleit

In the studio: "Room for Five" by Anna Schuleit. A collaborative project of paintings and music.Anna Schuleit working on "Room for Five"

Setting up "Room for Five" in Hatch Hall

Setting up "Room for Five" in Hatch Hall. Special Thanks to Mike Dziakonas and Rick Fuller for their technical support and great patience.

Dress Rehearsal and Lighting Test for "Room for Five" in Hatch Recital Hall, with the pianist Daniel Pesca.

Dress rehearsal and stage lighting test for "Room for Five" in Hatch Recital Hall. Artist Anna Schuleit with pianist Daniel Pesca and composer Jonathan Buchanan. Benson Forum on Creativity, April 17, 2012.

"Room for Five" by Anna Schuleit

"Room for Five" in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music, 2012. Paintings by Anna Schuleit, music by Eastman composers Rachel Seah, Anthony Duarte, Jonathan Buchanan, and Stylianos Dimou."Room for Five" by Anna Schuleit