Artists Ken Kozora and David Bunge at Wild Acorn Open House
The Wild Acorn had a festive atmosphere for the “First Saturday Open House” on Saturday, November 23rd when dozens of people came out to meet artists Ken Kozora and David Bunge.
Ken is a local Manchester musician. He describes his music as impressionistic and a fusion of acoustic and electronic instruments. For Ken, the composing process is very organic. He explains, “For me composing is like painting.” Like an artist adding layers of paint to a painting, Ken adds layers of sound to his music, making it grow, sometimes taking on a life of its own.
Typically Ken performs at events like this, but often when he plays, audience members ask so many questions about his instruments and music that he spends a lot of time talking. For this evening, Ken decided to talk about his music and the philosophy behind it. This gave people the opportunity to ask questions about the instruments he uses and his musical influences.
Recently he composed music for laser artist, Mike Gould’s installation of kinetic laser art titled “L is for Laser” currently showing at Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art in Midland, Mi.
On Saturday, Ken brought along a multitude of instruments for people to investigate and play. Some of the instruments he had with him were the Zen drum, a percussion controller, a wind synthesizer, and a hand sonic percussion controller that he used for much of the music for the laser show. Ken also had a CD of the music from the laser show available for purchase.
Dave Bunge is a wood turner from Midland. He had a number of his turned bowls on display and talked about the process of turning a bowl.
A wood bowl is turned in stages. You actually start with a section of green tree, do an initial rough cut and then allow that to dry for 3-6 months. As the wood dries it changes shape and making the “rough” cut shape wavy and asymmetrical. At this point Dave weighs the bowl to determine moisture content and when the bowls weight shows that it has dried sufficiently, he performs a final turning during which the bowl takes on its final shape and size. Finally, he sands and finishes the bowl with an oil and varnish blend.
Dave talked about the different characteristics in a tree that can give a bowl it’s unique graining and colors. Dave’s work can always be found at the wild Acorn.