The haunting hometown memories of Daniel Knox

Daniel Knox Presents “John Atwood: Black & Whites” – 92Y Tribeca, January 25th

Last night, I had the treat of witnessing a unique spectacle that was pleasing to both the eyes and ears. During the darkening days of last November, composer, performer, and film school drop-out Daniel Knox began to create a piece inspired by the photography of John Atwood. But Knox and Atwood’s connection began long before. Though the two never met until they lived elsewhere, they grew up on opposite sides of the same intersection in Springfield, IL. And though Knox began the process by studying Atwood’s images, he soon realized that it was perhaps Springfield that called out to him and provided the inspiration.

Atwood's work on display at the gallery at 92Y Tribeca

Regarding the experience, Knox explains:

There is a line running through our bodies of work that begins and ends in Springfield. I have tried, by looking back, to create a portrait of John, his work, and the landscape we both inherited that continues to fascinate and disgust us both.

Indeed, Knox’s music presents an interesting mix of emotions. Calmly moving along to black and white images of a flowing stream one moment, the piece would suddenly find itself in the darker terrain of  smoking factory stacks, screeching violins, and intentionally discordant arrangements.

Daniel Knox in black and white

For more click on these helpful links, provided by Knox:

Listen:  Lawrence & MacArthur (demo of a song from the show)

Ghostsong • Anna14 • Smartass • Me & My Wife (demo)


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"He considered music a liberating force: it liberated him from loneliness, introversion, the dust of the library; it opened the door of his body and allowed his soul to step out into the world to make friends."

- Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being


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