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Daniel Knox's Black & White tour: Music meets photography meets arts-craft at KMAC

by Melissa Chipman

Wendell Castle/Steinway & Sons “Caligari” piano, 1990

Through February 4, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) presents the exhibit “Wendell Castle: Forms within Forms.” Castle, a great American craftsman of fine art and furniture, is being celebrated by KMAC in honor of his 80th birthday.

One of the highlights of the Castle show is his “Caligari” piano. Since the mid-1800’s Steinway and Sons pianomakers have partnered with artists and artisans to produce a line of “Art Case” pianos. Castle’s “Caligari” piano from 1990 is part of his series of works inspired by the classic silent 1920 horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.”  The Dr. Caligari clock from 1984 and the Dr. Caligari Desk and Chair from 1986 are a few of the other pieces from this suite.

As part of the celebration of this exhibit, KMAC has invited local and national musicians to play a concert series on Castle’s piano.

This Thursday, Jan. 10, Chicago-based singer-songwriter Daniel Knox, known for infectious melodies and simultaneously funny yet tragic lyrics, will perform at 8 p.m, as part of his “Black & Whites” tour.

The “Black & Whites” performance is already a unique opportunity to catch the marriage of music and art, even before Wendell Castle’s piano is introduced into the equation. The tour was created in collaboration with photographer John Atwood. They previewed the long-form work-in-progress in January 2012 at 92YTribeca in New York City along with an exhibition of Atwood’s photos.

When they leave Louisville, their first stop will be the Living Room in NYC and then on to the Kennedy Center in D.C.

Critics are calling this collaboration “a New American Gothic.”

Tickets are $8 for KMAC Members and $10 for General Admission.

About Daniel Knox:

“Evryman For Himself,” is the most recent album of songs by Daniel Knox and it is the second in a conceived trilogy. He has scored for film (The Pink Hotel, dir. Chris Hefner) and theater (The Glass Menagerie at Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co., which is currently playing in Chicago) and has performed throughout the U.S., the U.K., and Ireland with artists such as Jarvis Cocker, David Lynch, the Handsome Family, Rasputina, Swans, Jessye Norman, and Rufus Wainwright.  

“Evryman For Himself”:

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