The evening of Alvin Lucier music presented by the Austin New Music Co-op earlier this year was one of the most exciting artistic experiences I’ve had in some time, so I’m happy to announce this upcoming performance teaming the ANMC with the Austin Museum of Digital Art and the Line Upon Line percussion ensemble, an evening presenting compositions by Iannis Xenakis and Luigi Nono, two late twentieth century composers (Greek and Italian, respectively) who were major pioneers, but whose works do not often receive the full-scale, seriously-promoted performances they deserve. Central Texas is fortunate to have events such as these thanks to a core of forward-thinking musicians/organizers in Austin, and all I can say is…thank you! The press release explains things better than I can:
WHAT: AMODA Performance Series
WHERE: Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River St, 78701)
WHEN: Saturday, September 5th, 8pm – 10pm
ADMISSION: $12 for AMODA Members/Students
AUSTIN MUSEUM OF DIGITAL ART PRESENTS
with NEW MUSIC CO-OP & LINE UPON LINE:
IMMEASURABLE SPACE AND INFINITE WORLDS
THREE MONUMENTAL WORKS for PERCUSSION and ELECTRONICS
by IANNIS XENAKIS and LUIGI NONO
PERFORMED by LINE UPON LINE and members of NMC
On September 5th, Austin new music audiences will experience three groundbreaking works by two of the most significant composers of the 20th century. Performed by six of Austin’s most accomplished percussionists, armed with a truckload of percussion instruments, these stunning works will surround concertgoers with sounds they have never heard before. The artists will transform the Mexican American Cultural Center into a giant bell for a rare 8 channel surround realization of Xenakis’ 1962 electroacoustic piece “Bohor.” They will coax otherworldly sonic colors from metal, wood, skin, and bamboo in Luigi Nono’s 1979 work “Con Luigi Dallapiccola” (1979) for 6 percussionists and live electronics. Finally, Xenakis’ celebrated work “Persephassa,” commissioned in 1969 by the Empress of Iran and premiered at the historic desert site of Persepolis, will be performed by 6 percussionists in a ring around the audience. This arrangement will bring into focus the composer’s unique vision of spatialized sound. All three of these pieces are rarely performed due to the incredible amount of time and equipment required to fully realize them. Experiencing this set of pieces on one program may indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Xenakis – “Bohor” (1962) for 8 channel electronics
Nono – “Con Luigi Dallapiccola” (1979) for 6 percussionists and live electronics
Xenakis – “Persephassa” (1969) for six percussionists
By the way, River St. is located just a few blocks south of Cesar Chavez, and the Mexican American Cultural Center is west of Interstate 35 and east of the river.
Should be an exciting evening. If you are within driving distance of Austin, try to make it!