Garrison, N.Y. - "Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center is thrilled to present Melissa McGill's Palmas - a site-specific sound installation and live music and dance performance. Her work masterfully continues Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place at Manitoga," states Executive Director, Allison Cross.

Two outdoor performances will take place at Manitoga on Saturday, September 27: a Family & Friends Performance at 1pm ($45/$35 for Manitoga members) and a Benefit Performance ($500/$125) at 4pm. Rain date: Sunday September 28 at 1pm and 4pm. Tickets available beginning September 2 on BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, call 845 424 3812.

McGill's surround sound installation activates Manitoga's Quarry Pool and encircling paths through November 10, 2014 in timed intervals. The work takes its name from the improvised, rhythmic clapping that is an integral part - the heartbeat - of Flamenco. On September 27, the site-specific Palmas performance will build upon this theme as flamenco performers engage Manitoga's landscape in a unique call and response, creating a dialogue with the rocks, the water and trees through song, music and dance.

Artist Melissa McGill invites Flamenco y Sol Ensemble to collaborate and create "Palmas" - a site specific project at Manitoga with live music, song and dance. Flamenco y Sol Ensemble consists of Artistic Director Sol "La Argentinita", Music Director Cristian Puig cante/toque-guitar with Peter Basil Bogdanos, percussion, Isabel del Dia, baile-dance, Barbara Martinez, baile-dance/cante-song.

Manitoga's central Quarry Pool forms a natural amphitheater where moss-covered alcoves, rock ledges and tranquil waters will come to life with exhilarating music, song, and dance. Performers will enliven the water's edge upon a temporary stage at the base of Manitoga's waterfall and seemingly float on water from a central pier. Around the Quarry rim, specially designed resonant boxes will serve as acoustic platforms for Flamenco's signature clapping and footwork, turning the central Quarry into an instrument of sound and human interaction.

"The sculptural quality of sound followed by its palpable absence enhances the experience and intimacy with nature, building upon Russel Wright's original intention at Manitoga," explains McGill. Palmas animates and activates the site aurally to invite a heightened sense of awareness of Manitoga's landscape - its natural richness.

In naming the property Manitoga, Wright borrowed native Algonquin words meaning "place of great spirit". At Manitoga, Flamenco's duende - its spirit of evocation and heightened sense of emotion - finds a perfect home.

HOW TO EXPERIENCE PALMAS AT MANITOGA

Palmas surround sound installation at Manitoga through November 10, 2014 can be experienced on the following ticketed tours:

Manitoga House, Studio & Landscape Tour - thru Nov. 10, 2014; FRI thru MON, 11am / 1:30pm

PALMAS Tour with artist Melissa McGill - June 20, July 13, and September 20 at 1:30pm, and October 11 at 4pm.
Experience the site-specific sound installation Palmas as you explore Manitoga's Upper and Lower Quarry Pool paths and discover hidden moments with McGill. Guided House & Studio visit included.

General admission $20; Seniors/Students/Manitoga and National Trust members $15; and $10 for children under 12. Space is limited. Reservations required. Register online at brownpapertickets.com

PALMAS live music and dance performance is scheduled for September 27, 2014 at 1pm and 4pm at Manitoga. Artist Melissa McGill invites Flamenco y Sol Ensemble to collaborate and create "Palmas" - a site specific project at Manitoga with live music, song and dance. Flamenco y Sol Ensemble consists of Artistic Director Sol "La Argentinita", Music Director Cristian Puig cante/toque-guitar with Peter Basil Bogdanos, percussion, Isabel del Dia, baile-dance, Barbara Martinez, baile-dance/cante-song. Family & Friends Performance at 1pm ($45/$35 for Manitoga members); Benefit Performance ($500/$125) at 4pm. Tickets available beginning September 2 on BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information, call 845 424 3812.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Melissa McGill has been exhibiting her artwork internationally since 1991 including solo exhibitions at White Cube, London; Power House, Memphis; and CRG Gallery, New York, where she is represented in the United States. She is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work involves an interdisciplinary process, primarily incorporating drawing, sculpture, and sound to explore the space between absence and presence, bringing to light the overlooked, hidden, or lost. In recent years, McGill has become increasingly passionate about art in public spaces and its ability to contribute to communities in a larger sense. She is currently working on Constellation, a large-scale sculptural installation on the Hudson Highlands' Pollepel Island with the Bannerman Castle ruin, scheduled to premiere in June 2015.

ABOUT MANITOGA
Located in Garrison, New York, approximately one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the House, Studio and 75-acre Woodland Garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976) and one of the few 20th century modern homes and landscapes open to the public in New York State. The organization preserves, protects and shares Wright's modernist House, Studio and Woodland Garden as a masterful integration of design and nature, a powerful example of land reclamation, and a resource for inspired design in daily living through public tours, programs and events.

Seasonal guided House & Landscape tours are offered from May through mid-November, twice daily on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Four miles of woodland paths are open to the public year round. Please visit www.russelwrightcenter.org for visitor information.

Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a World Monuments Watch Site and acknowledges support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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Contact:

Dan Rigney, External Affairs
845-424-3812; drigney@russelwrightcenter.org, www.russelwrightcenter.org