The performer was Michael Pestel, and the video of that performance is part of his collaborative exhibition with Paul Krainak
at Chatham College
titled "Brasilia: Constructing Oscar Niemeyer and Heitor Villa-Lobos."
...One of eight paintings by West Virginia University faculty member Paul Krainak in the exhibition "Brasilia: Constructing Oscar Niemeyer and Heitor Villa-Lobos" at Chatham College.
The impetus for the exhibition at hand was a conversation with Krainak
, who suggested doing a show about Villa-Lobos and the "conflation of folk idioms with the whole machinery of the modernist orchestra."
The resultant exhibition is an examination of modernism told through two passionate talents (Villa-Lobos and Niemeyer) fused within the crucible of a utopian dream (though also consider the metaphor extended to Pestel and Krainak
working within and struggling with the modernist tradition).
...On the walls, eight paintings by Krainak, a professor of painting at West Virginia University, are meticulous and architectonic while simultaneously conducting equatorial heat.
They represent paintings Niemeyer made of his
designs for a never-realized house that Villa-Lobos requested and that were sealed with him in his
coffin.A composition by Villa-Lobos, written for the dedication of Brasilia but which he
instead destroyed, coincidently has the same title as the work to be performed tonight, "The Brasilia Concert."
If the exhibition is a modernist critique, and an aesthetic self-examination by Pestel and Krainak
, the video is a redemptive moment.