Pictures on Silence, a harp and saxophone chamber duo, is "an exemplary new music group" (Megan Ihnen, The Sybaritic Singer), whose performances range from staged theatrical shows to house concerts, and from interactive electronic works to traditional concert hall performances. With over twenty commissions to its credit, the ensemble has been recognized with numerous grants and awards, including a Chamber Music America Commissioning Grant, an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant, a Yellow Barn Artist Residency, and a Sparkplug Foundation Grant.
In 2012, Pictures on Silence released its debut album, Voyage, on which the duo "plays with nuanced style and impressive technique," and both players "shine while sailing through lyrical lines... and feverishly attack challenging rhythmic passages” (The Sybaritic Singer). Pictures on Silence has performed at the World Harp Congress (Vancouver, Canada), the Livewire New Music Festival (Baltimore, Maryland), the Stella Adler School (New York, New York), the Mansion at Strathmore (Washington D.C.), and the Bridges Festival (Towson, Maryland). The duo has a strong dedication to education and works with students of all ages, including recent masterclasses at the Peabody Conservatory and the Catholic University of America.
During the 2012 - 2013 concert season, Pictures on Silence will be involved in many exciting projects and premieres. Collaborating with composers Ken Ueno and David Smooke, they will create a performance entitled Utopia/Euterpe/Dystopia, using a sculpture installation to explore physical expansions of and alterations to the instruments. In February 2013, the duo will premiere Orpheus and the Secret Road, by Andrew Earle Simpson, a forty-five minute theatrical multimedia piece that retells the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice through live performance, text, poetry, chant, movement, video and electronic sound, at the Atlas Theater in Washington D.C. To end their season in June 2013, Pictures on Silence will premiere works by composers Steve Antosca and Fernando Benandon, in a program involving electronic and video elements, assisted by pianist Jenny Lin and percussionist Ross Karre, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
The name of the duo is taken from a quote by Leopold Stokowski: “Musicians paint their pictures on silence.”