Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Compositions Yield Harmony of Vision and Sound

I hope this news flash gives you some insight into my newest collaboration with composer Steven Rogers and the fusion of senses brought into the exhibition. Enjoy the music and visuals! - Anne
Artist: Anne Marchand & Composer: Steven Rogers
A Visual Arts and Music Collaboration
can be seen and heard 
Of Shining Worlds: Recent paintings by Anne Marchand
Montgomery College, King Street Gallery
through October 19, 2011

When Anne Marchand envisions painting, she sees music in every stroke. It was a natural leap to include sound in her current exhibition, Of Shining Worlds: Recent Paintings by Anne Marchand on view at Montgomery College. Marchand spoke with composer Steven Rogers about creating musical compositions for her exhibition. The dialogue led to a whole new way of listening to the music.

In Steven’s most recent collaboration of music and visual art, he composed fourteen pieces of meditative, peaceful, ambient music for artist Anne Marchand's painting exhibition. Inspired by Marchand’s use of color, texture, and swirling vortexes of outer space imagery, Steven composed his compositions as companion pieces to each of the paintings which serve as soundtracks to the works. The music was played during the opening reception. Gallery visitors can still hear the music on their smartphones during the exhibition. Barcodes on the walls designate paintings with musical scores. Visitors can download a barcode reader to their smart phones, scan the barcode, start playing and listening to the music through their earphones. Looking at the painting and hearing the music is a unique, interactive and personal experience. Rogers and Marchand also collaborated to put the music and visuals on a new website: where anyone can see fourteen of the works and listen to their musical compositions.

The music is available for purchase online at Any inquires about the music can be addressed to Steven at stevenrogersmusic [at] The paintings are available for purchase at through Marchand Studios. Any inquiry about the paintings can be addressed to Anne at art [at]

Anne Marchand is a professional artist residing in Washington, DC. Her paintings express the power of color, poetry, curiosity and discovery. Her themes include mystic poetry, interconnection, energy, outer and inner space and music. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Auburn University where she studied Painting and Drawing. Anne also holds a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from The University of Georgia.

Anne was awarded an Artist Fellowship in 2009 from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She was awarded a CAP/MEX EX Residency Grant to Culiacan, Mexico in 2003 from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation & the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. In 2002, Anne was nominated for Excellence in Artistic Discipline in the distinguished DC Mayor's Arts Awards. She has designed and won mural competitions notably in 2005 and 2001 through the DC Creates Public Art Program. Her work was included in a Visions Award from the Committee of 100 to the Westminster Neighborhood Association in 2003. Anne's paintings are represented in corporate and private collections in the USA. She has exhibited extensively in the United States for the past 30 years and internationally in Mexico.

Steven Rogers is a composer, saxophonist, and teacher currently residing in Washington, DC. His compositions and performances encompass a number of styles including jazz, fusion, computer generated music, and concert band/orchestral pieces. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a minor in Jazz Studies from The George Washington University where he studied saxophone with Peter Fraize and composition with Dr. Douglas Boyce. Steven also holds a Master of Music in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory where he completed his graduate thesis on the use of nonverbal communication and instruction under the guidance of Dr. Rhoda Bernard. Upon completion of his MM, he was awarded membership into The Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. He has composed, arranged, and performed with several ensembles in the DC area and has also performed with The Dave Brubeck Quartet, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, opened for Rahzel (of the hip-hop group The Roots) and had his compositions performed at the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage and The Shakespeare Theater Company.

Since 2007, Steven has served as the director of bands at the Maret School in Washington, DC, where he directs middle and high school concert, orchestral, and jazz bands and has taught computer music composition. In 2008, he was awarded the Thomas Prize by the Maret School, which recognizes young teachers that demonstrate “great ability and exceptional dedication to the teaching profession.”
The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Arts Center
King Street Gallery @ Montgomery College
930 King Street
Silver Spring, MD 20015
open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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