Omaha Under the Radar is an annual experimental performance festival in Nebraska, featuring four days of performances, multiple venues, and inspiring performers from around the country. It is the only event of its kind in the state. In its first year, Omaha Under the Radar brought over 1,000 attendees to venues across Omaha to experience the biggest variety of contemporary music, dance, and theatre ever presented together in the city. Along with providing a platform for artists living and working in the region, Omaha Under the Radar brings together performing artists from around the country to share their work, both with each other and with a continually developing scene and audience in the Midwest.
The second annual festival will be held July 8-11, 2015 at 7 different venues with over 16 hours of performances. We are featuring some of the finest and most innovative performers working today, many of which have never performed in Omaha. We’ll be presenting events at galleries, bars, concert halls, public libraries, outdoor spaces, and old an old ballroom. We’re featuring contemporary masterwoks, such as Luciano Berio’s “Folk Songs” and John Zorn’s “Cobra,” as well as world premiere performances, interactive home-made instrument exhibits, collaborative interdisciplinary projects, and immersive soundscapes created for the festival.
We have partnered with several extremely supportive organizations to make this festival a success, including the University of Nebraska Omaha, Analog Arts, Joslyn Art Museum, KANEKO, Commonwealth Recording Studios, and the Bancroft Street Market.
We are especially excited about our educational camp for 12-16 year olds that will include workshops in instrument building, music technology, improvisation, and composition. Called SOUNDRY, the camp will encourage students to explore the listening and sound creation process in an active and fun way. Camp performers will also present their work to the public as part of the festival.
Omaha Under the Radar a very ambitious and exciting festival that hopes to elevate the experimental performance scene developing in Omaha, as well as provide a national platform for artists working in the Midwest through performance and educational opportunities.