50 Man Machine, an art, music and theatre performance ensemble, will perform at the Red River Revel Arts Festival in Shreveport from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Performances will be at the El Dorado Performing Arts Depot Stage.
Students from Northwestern State University’s School of Creative and Performing Arts who will participate include Osvaldo Ferrer Miranda and Hollis Ervin, fine art graduate students; M. E. Breithaupt, Julian Shum, AJ Dempsey, undergraduate art students; Laura Guzman Rodriguez, theatre and dance; Kenyon Johnson II, and spring 2018 graduates Michael T. Dick and Bonny Bacoccini, music.
The performance consists of live painting on an 8’ x 17’ mural panel in collaboration with live music and movement based on the 50 Man Machine theme, according to Collier Hyams, professor of new media.
“The 50 Man Machine began at The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Mass MOCA, in Building 1 as my iEAR MFA performance art and installation piece about education, identity, hope for the future and freedom,” Hyams said. “It became a unique world fusion music and art ensemble.”
The group’s eponymous album met with great success spending three months in the CMJ music charts.
“50 Man Machine taps an indescribable vein of musical internationalism,” according to New York’s Metroland, an alternative weekly that covered art, music and culture.
The group is led by Hyams and Oliver Molina, assistant professor of music with musicians Craig Lacour and Silas Collar accompanying the ensemble.