Matt Rolland, Director of Programs for SAACA and fiddler for Run Boy Run, hosts a conversation on artistic collaboration with three artists from distinct traditions that blur the lines of creative boundaries. Kevin Larkin, a recent transplant to Tucson from Colorado, has produced musical collaborations with contemporary dance companies, Wonderbound, the Colorado Symphony, and served as director of Music for Zabiti: Immersive Cirque Adventure. Lisa Sturz, also a recent arrival to Tucson, is a master puppeteer with years of experience collaborating with schools, symphonies, and theme parks. Ignacio Garcia is a renowned muralist that works with shopping centers, city planners, restaurants and other private developers to turn walls into canvases of art. These artists discuss how they approach collaborations and key strategies to success for creative endeavors with multiple parties involved.
Kevin Larkin is a composer, performer, producer, educator and a founding member of Denver-based music collective Chimney Choir. His work often explores the intersection of the organic and digital aspects of sound, incorporating manipulated field recordings and processed acoustic sources. With Chimney Choir he has written two original ballets for contemporary dance company Wonderbound, arranged and performed with the Colorado Symphony, performed at Ted-X Boulder, and conceived and performed numerous immersive musical experiences including 2016’s (dream) show in collaboration with Colorado Public Radio. The band was also asked to lead Colorado Creative Industries 2015 Detour project, which featured performances and songwriting workshops in communities across the state.
Kevin has released two solo albums under the name Pineross and composes ambient/sound collage music under the moniker Aamateur Aastronomy. He has collaborated with filmmakers, dancers, environmentalists, songwriters, and poets. As an educator he has taught mandolin, guitar, computer production and early childhood music education along with performing in schools through the Think360 Arts program. When not working on music, you can usually find Kevin in a hammock somewhere off of 285 searching for Yetis.