Back to All Events

Moments of Intersection: Kerry Mulvania Hirth & Tim Daisy

  • ESS 5925 North Ravenswood Avenue Chicago, IL, 60660 United States (map)

Sunday, May 7 | 2-3pm


Moments of Intersection is a discussion between Missouri artist KERRY MULVANIA HIRTH and Chicago drummer TIM DAISY. Audiences will be able to view a pop-up exhibition of Hirth's visual artworks based on colors she perceived while listening to Daisy's music. Daisy will also play selections of his compositions. 

This event is part of a series curated by Browne Goodwin focusing on how visual artists and improvisational jazz musicians can collaborate to stimulate each other’s creative practices.

Photo of Tim Daisy by Peter Gannushkin



Columbia, MO artist Kerry Hirth has been painting music since 2007. She experiences synesthesia, which allows her to see colors in musical harmonies.

My long, colorful pastel paintings portray musical compositions. Due to a natural blending of my sense of sight and sound, called synesthesia, I have the ability to experience music in color. I use my personal perception of consistent and automatic natural associations of musical harmonies and color to create my paintings.

Although I experienced synesthesia early in my life, I now have formal training in music theory and performance, and my paintings reflect my unique experience of color and harmony by tracking the progress of a composition as it is performed.

Though I still seem to appreciate the formal properties of music and displays of color as the more direct way to express thoughts and emotions, or create visual experiences, I have found that considering the way colors are displayed in specific regions, climates, or even other works of art, helps me create a painting that has not only a meaningful pattern, but also has a broader sense of time or place. My recent work represents my continuing effort to go beyond presenting the complex life of music in linear patterns toward exploring the ways those patterns point to the source of music in our experiences.


Chicago – based drummer, marimbist, and composer TIM DAISY has worked in the fields of improvised and composed music since 1997. He has performed, recorded, and toured with many acclaimed musicians and ensembles from both the North American and European improvised music scenes including: Mars Williams, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lonberg -Holm, Elisabeth Harnik, Dave Rempis, James Falzone, Russ Johnson, Havard Wiik, Mikolaj Trzaska, Clayton Thomas, Per Ake Holmlander, Steve Swell, Aram Shelton, Michael Zerang, Kyle Bruckmann, and Katherine Young.

Tim organizes tours and composes music for three of his own ensembles including: the chamber music trio Vox Arcana with James Falzone on clarinet and Fred Lonberg -Holm on cello,  Trio Red Space with Mars Williams on reeds and Jeb Bishop on trombone, and  The Steel Bridge Trio with Aram Shelton on reeds and Safa Shokrai on bass.

His solo project Red Nation explores the art of improvisation in an electro-acoustic setting. Utilizing multiple percussion instruments including gongs, bells, mixing bowls, kitchen utensils, metronomes, various found objects, turntables, and radios. Tim creates various improvised situations in a solo context, with all of his tools arranged on the floor in various patterns.