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Green Aria

May 26, 2009

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If you were ever transported to another time and place as a result of a scent then you know the power our olfactory system wields.  The experience however, is relatively rare in our daily lives and certainly atypical in our encounters with the arts.  However, Green Aria opening at the Guggenheim on May 30th pairs the auditory and olfactory senses for a musical performance unlike any other.  Audience members listen in the darkened theater to a fifteen minute score composed by Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson as 23 scents designed by perfumer Christophe Laudamiel are released at intervals to construct the narrative.  If the music is the stage of this unique production the two dozen scents are the plot.

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Read more about this delightful experiment here: http://nymag.com/arts/art/features/56912/

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