Horse + Hero in downtown Asheville hosting art opening tonight for Aeolian Research Team

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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aeolian_research_station_2015Come out to Horse + Hero tonight and support the artists of the Aeolian Research Team, a group working to create a new instrument that will give new voice to the wind. The group is also raising money at their indiegogo page for their project, dubbed the Windrose.

Here’s the press release:

On Saturday, April 4th the introduction of a new instrument, the Windrose, will take place at the {Re}happening at the former Black Mountain College.

The {Re}happening is an annual event that aims to recreate the experimental artistic performances that the Black Mountain College was once known for. In the 1950s John Cage held the first “happening”, which was a performance that broke down conventional views of art through experimental musical and visual media. The {Re}happening will have international and local artists showcasing over 30 different installations including the Windrose . It will be held at the former Black Mountain College on April 4th 2015 from 3pm to 10pm.

Michael Luchtan, along with 10 other artists in the Aeolian Research Team (ART), has invented an entirely new instrument called the Windrose, which will debut at the {Re}happening. The Aeolian Research Team is interested creating installations that explore and experiment with wind and sound. ART has been working on the construction of the Windrose for the past three years. They have the unique pleasure of collaborating with Gordon Monahan, Canadian pianist and composer of experimental music. This team of visionary artists is pushing the boundaries of composition and sound .
The Windrose is made of deconstructed pianos, called nodes, connected by 200 feet of wire. During the Windroses’s debut at the {Re}happening, one node will sit on the island of lake Eden while the other rests on the shore. The wire connecting them over lake Eden will allow sound to travel from one node to the other. While sound travels along the wire it will be altered by the wind, producing a sound that has never been heard before. The Windrose will have no fixed tone and no amplification. With traditional instruments the musician is in full control of the sound created, but the unique quality of the Windrose is that the elements take part in creating the music. Every note played on the Windrose will instantly be transformed by the wind.

They have created the sonification of wind.

There are six composers currently working on pieces that will be played on the Windrose at the {Re}happening. These artists are presented with a unique challenge: they are writing for an instrument they have never played, and they do not know how the wind will affect their music.

This Thursday, April 2nd 2015, Horse and Hero will be holding an art opening as well as a gathering of the Aeolian Research Team from 6 to 8pm. Horse and Hero, located on 14 Patton Avenue in Downtown Asheville, is giving the public the opportunity to meet the minds behind this incredible project and purchase the work they have created. For any size donation you can have a piano key or roll and take home a piece of this project. All proceeds go towards the Aeolian Research Team and the creation of the Windrose. If you would like to help support this team and be a part of this historical event you can visit their indiegogo page at

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Luchtan April 2, 2015

    Thanks Kristen Sorensen for writing up the press release for the ART!


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