BMA Selects Local Musicians to Score Smartphone Tour
Continuing its commitment to the local arts scene, the Baltimore Museum of Art commissioned works from local acts Yeveto, Jake Leckie, and Lucas Lechowski to provide music for the smartphone tour of the museum, scheduled to launch this fall around the time the museum’s new contemporary wing will open.
Chosen from 30 applicants, the three acts will receive $300 from the museum and may have chances to perform live there.
Yeveto, an instrumental rock quartet, started in 2004 as a one-off project to score the Creative Alliance’s screening of the 1920 German film Der Golem. The band, which released its most recent album, Remote Unelectrified Villages, last year, has continued to create cinematic soundscapes that would make exceptionally cool soundtracks for the BMA’s collection. Russell De Ocampo, Yeveto’s keyboard player, says he is excited for an opportunity where the art “becomes our context.”
Jake Leckie, a master of the upright bass, submitted a song he recorded with his band the Corner Quartet, but hopes to write a new song inspired by the museum. “Going to Hopkins [where he studied bass] the BMA was a big influence on me,” Leckie says.
Lucas Lechowski, a composer and wizard at jazz violin and guitar, has often collaborated with filmmakers and visual artists. His work was included in Millennial Masters II, a compilation of contemporary classical composers.
“I am very pleased that the BMA can provide this opportunity to showcase some of the talented musicians in this community,” said BMA Director Doreen Bolger in the press release. “They will be a great accompaniment to the exciting content being produced for the museum’s smartphone tour of the contemporary collection.”