Did you know you could create an instrument from a lawnmower attached to a gun? Or a violin from a hammer?
Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive tour of Hybrid Visions studio, the experimental instrument workshop of artist and musician Ken Butler, who has been creating new and unique instruments out of everyday items for the past 30 years.
From an instrument made out of a beach paddle with a ukulele neck to a Golf Club Sitar, our unique experience at Hybrid Visions will include:
- The story of how Ken got into the craft of hybrid instruments, which all started by accident when he decided to transform a small hatchet he found on the ground into a violin.
- A walkthrough of the massive workshop, which contains hundreds of different hybrid instruments including an instrument made from a hockey stick & tennis racquet, piano retrofitted with a network of lights and mechanical gadgets, and bass made from a sea bass model.
- A chance to hold and play some of Ken’s hybrid instruments.
- A live musical demonstration by Ken himself, who has traveled the world with his innovative instruments and works of art.
Click here to see pictures from one of our last visits to Hybrid Visions!
Click here to see a recent video of Ken and his unique craft!
See you there!
About Ken Butler
Ken Butler is an artist and musician whose Hybrid musical instruments, performances, and other works explore the interaction and transformation of common and uncommon objects, altered images, and sounds as function and form collide in the intersection of art and music.
He is internationally recognized as an innovator of experimental musical instruments created from diverse materials including tools, sports equipment, and household objects. The idea of bricolage, essentially using whatever is “at hand”, is at the center of his art, encompassing a wide range of practice that combines assemblage art, live music, instrument design, performance art, theater, sculpture, installation, photography, film/video, graphic design, drawing, and collage.
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