January 11, 2023

Hahn Rowe: Something about the Weather

Columbia University School of the Arts

Hahn Rowe. © A.DONADIO.

Something about the Weather is a new and original work by New York-based composer, producer, and performer Hahn Rowe. It was commissioned by Columbia University School of the Arts as part of the 2022–23 season of public programming and engagement organized around the theme “To Transform.”

Rowe describes Something about the Weather as “an inquiry into what we do when we are left to make something from nothing. While old structures are stubbornly refusing to die, many have lost the ability to dream of another reality. Music and sound can ignite our ability to ride along the edges of our imagination, where transformation is possible.”

In this concert, Rowe will use digital processing alongside traditional instruments and crude, everyday objects to build a fluid, shapeshifting soundscape for the Lantern — the flexible, top-floor space of the Lenfest Center for the Arts.

“An expedition in the wilderness? A cooking show gone awry? A negotiation of inclement conditions?,” Rowe asks. Something about the Weather is "a ritual romp through a playground of all things sonorous.”

Something about the Weather is the latest in a series of commissions by Columbia University School of the Arts, including WATERLICHT NYC by Daan Roosegaarde (2019); Release the Horses (fka hydra) by Phoebe Osborne (2021); Mundoagua by Arturo O’Farrill (2021); and The Art of Listening: Under Water by Jana Winderen with Tony Myatt (2022).

Performance dates: January 31, 2023 at 7pm / February 1, 2023 at 7pm. Registration will open January 18, 2023. Visit the School of the Arts website for the full season of events.

Columbia University School of the Arts recognizes Manhattan as part of the ancestral and traditional homeland of the Lenni-Lenape and Wappinger people. We continue to address issues of exclusion, erasure, and systemic discrimination through ongoing education and a commitment to equitable representation.

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