contemporary music, brussels
WORLD PREMIERE : Ruhrtriennale, October 3rd, 2013
Choreography : Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker
Music : Gérard Grisey, Vortex Temporum (1996)
"Nothing in this music is arbitrary, and you can only marvel at the prowess and rigor of the musicians, playing through this thicket of complexity without a score or a conductor. (...) That Ms. de Keersmaeker could even contemplate choreographing to this music, and then go on to make it legible and thrilling, is a triumph." _The New York Times, Roslyn Sulcas >LINK
NOVEMBER 30th, 2013, LES BRIGITTINES, Brussels
240 minutes with Morton Feldman. For Philip Guston (1984):
Michael Schmid (flute), Jean-Luc Fafchamps (piano), Gerrit Nulens (percussion)
Coproduction Bozar, Ictus, Brigittines. LEES MEER (Nederlands) | A LIRE (Français)
It was reported that the French artist Marcel Duchamp, after hearing For Philip Guston in New York, exclaimed: a harmonist at long last! Impossible to analyse, but Morton Feldman’s nonetheless sublime harmonies are honed by ear, note by note, and the performers’ playing is called upon to be ultra-concentrated, verging on silence. It produces a peculiar dull light that is both fascinating and disorienting. Hovering rhythms and phrases leading nowhere. Never-ending repetition, always in a different place, with the memory in mild disarray. Feldman’s objection to the imperious Will of Western music took the form of what he called "a silent protest".
Inspired by the time-stretching experiments of the “downtown” New York composers (Terry Riley and La Monte Young), Feldman wrote “For Philip Guston” in 1984, an abnormally long work for flute, resonant percussion and piano lasting over four hours! The members of the audience will be invited to seat themselves in the deckchairs provided, to drink cup after cup of green tea and enjoy the mesmerising experience of listening to one of the most sublime geniuses of American music.