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IML Guest Workshop: Fifth House Ensemble - Journey LIVE: Creating Community through Music, Gaming, and Crowdfunding

Event Details
  • Location:
    Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall
  • Date:
    Saturday, January 27, 2018
  • Time:
    10:45 AM to 11:45 AM
Event Description


In 2016, Fifth House Ensemble teamed up with composer Austin Wintory to create the first fully interactive performance version of his Grammy-nominated score to Journey, responsive to live game play. The project was funded on Kickstarter, raising $52,505 from over 1,100 backers worldwide. In this workshop, we discuss the genesis of this project, which sits at the intersection of art, music and technology, as well as how to build community through an effective crowdfunding campaign. 

About Fifth House Ensemble

Praised by the New York Times for its “conviction, authority, and finesse,” the Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music. The ensemble’s artistic, educational, and civic programs engage theater groups, video game designers, corporate innovators, and folk bands to share stories as diverse as the communities it serves.

Performances in previous seasons include those at Texas Performing Arts, Civic Music Association (IA), Old Town School of Folk Music, WFMT Impromptu, Steppenwolf Theater, Rush Hour Concerts at St. James, National Sawdust (NY), and the Miller Theatre (NY).

In addition to the ensemble’s work on the concert stage, Fifth House reaches 17,000 students annually through its arts-integrated programming and trains emerging artists nationwide as a curriculum design partner to higher education institutions and through its summer festival, fresh inc.

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Fifth House Ensemble is supported in part by grants from The MacArthur Foundation, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, The Arts Work Fund, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 

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