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Weather and water inspire a new premiere from MUSIQA

Houston’s contemporary music organization MUSIQA will present the premiere of Weather Model this weekend.


A still from Carrie Marie Schneider’s video projection for Weather Model


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Houstonians’ relationship with the weather is complicated. On one hand, we get usually mild winters and droughts are (somewhat) rare… on the other, we’ve also faced devastating hurricanes and intense heat waves.

For composer Sam Wu and artist Carrie Marie Schneider, weather was the inspiring topic for a collaboration they’ve put together through MUSIQA, a local organization that promotes and performs contemporary music.

Weather Model combines the forces of a string quartet, a vocalist, and a kinetic video installation created by Schneider that features weather-related imagery. The vocalist sings poetry created by Sam Wu from Schneider’s writings, and even the instrumentalists participate in some of the vocal elements as well.

In the audio above, producer Joshua Zinn talks with Wu and Schneider about combining their unique artistic abilities for this project.

Joshua Zinn

Joshua Zinn

Producer, Houston Matters

Joshua is a producer for Houston Matters on News 88.7 as well as the host of Encore Houston on Houston Public Media Classical. He joined Houston Public Media as a radio intern in 2014 and became a full-time announcer the following year. Now he prepares segments and occasionally records interviews...

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