Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 7:30pm
Cloud City 85 N. 1st Street, Brooklyn
$10 Student/$15 General
7.30pm NIDRA | Giacomo Baldelli (guitar) & OOOPStudio
[interval of 30 mins]
9pm Feldman 'Three Voices' | Juliet Fraser (soprano)
[performance ends 10pm]
British soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. In new music, she has performed as a guest soloist with Klangforum Wien, Remix Ensemble, Talea, ICTUS, Plus-Minus, We Spoke: New Music Company, London Sinfonietta and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. She is also principal soprano of EXAUDI, the acclaimed vocal ensemble, which she founded with James Weeks in 2002. Juliet has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her, and has worked particularly closely with composers Rebecca Saunders, Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Matthew Shlomowitz, Andrew Hamilton and Cassandra Miller. Her commercial recording of Morton Feldman's Three Voices was released on Hat Hut Records in November 2016. This performance is part of her U.S. debut tour.
Giacomo Baldelli is critically considered as “one of the most complete performers of the new generation”. He is focused on exploring works of the 20th century, but also on developing a new 21st century repertoire for guitar. Most recently, he has been interested in expanding the contemporary repertoire for electric guitar.
OOOPStudio - Alessandro Grisendi and Marco Noviello- started its artistic activity in Reggio Emilia – Italy – in 2010. As video artists, the duo’s interests lie not in the documentation of reality, but in exploring the sensory and artistic possibilities inherent to digital technology.
NIDRA - 7:30pm
Hailed by the NYTimes as “ a new musical tour de force for electric guitar featuring video” NIDRA is a 50-minute performance experience by Italian guitarist Giacomo Baldelli and Italian video duo OOOPStudio featuring five electric guitar masterpieces of the second half of the 20th century accompanied by a multi-sensory meditation of videos inspired by each work:
Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint
Tristan Murail - Vampyr!
Christian Wolff - Another Possibility
John Cage - Dream
Fausto Romitelli - Trash TV Trance
MORTON FELDMAN - THREE VOICES - 9:00pm
Three Voices, written in 1982 for Joan La Barbara, was the last solo vocal piece Feldman wrote before his death in 1987. Conceived as a trio for the one voice, with two pre-recorded parts and one to be performed live, the score is conventionally notated but is beguilingly short on some details. There is, for example, no tempo indication, no vowel specified for the many lengthy passages without text, no dynamics bar an initial ppp, and no guidance as to which voice should be the 'live' one.
Writing later about Three Voices, Feldman said: 'One of my closest friends, the painter Philip Guston, had just died; Frank O'Hara had died several years before. I saw the piece with Joan in front and these two loudspeakers behind her. There is something kind of tombstoney about the look of loudspeakers. I thought of the piece as an exchange of the live voice with the dead ones - a mixture of the living and the dead'.