Monday, May 11, 2009

Stimmung in NYC

Karlheinz Stockhausen is dead and immortal. His music will invigorate the imaginations of hundreds of generations to come. I say that with confidence these days; I've become a true believer. His experiments now suddenly appear tame and yet still so full of fire, so rigorous and undeniably beautiful to me. His compositions often seem like a single process, a wild river of a logical form that arises from a single stroke.

But that's enough about my measly little opinions. There's a performance of Stockhausen's 1968 piece Stimmung for six voices with six microphones, happening in New York City this week. A new vocal group led by concert organizer Nick Hallett and including Gisburg, Dafna Naphtali, Robert Osborne, Daisy Press and Peter Sciscioli will perform the work. I know some of these performers profressionally and I'm certain they'll turn in an exciting performance. Music of Invention followers will remember both Gisburg and Dafna for their performances for the Black Box of Asbury Park, here and at SICA in Long Branch.

This production is the second part of Hallett's a four-part series at the New Museum theater connecting the human voice to multimedia ritual. The concert is 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 14th. The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002. Phone 212-219-1222. Admission is $12 Members/$15 General Public.

Here's Stockhausen's New York Times 2007 obituary, FYI.


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