In what may sometimes be an overly-saturated world, the natural sonic phenomena that we find in the music of composer Alvin Lucier is always a much-needed breath for the human mind and body. With acoustic instruments mixing with pure wave oscillators that slowly sweep through a space, or through a gradually-morphing iterative process, we subconsciously learn more from this music and from this new way of listening: a way that can be likened to an intuitive and profound mapping of time, of space, and of the musical experience.
Starting Sunday, March 11th through Tuesday, March 13th, the New England Conservatory celebrates Alvin Lucier, in residence for the next few days for coachings, conversations, and daily concerts in a school-wide event.
Join the Callithumpian Consort on Sunday, March 11th in Williams Hall, as we perform the complete Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas (1973-1974) and on Tuesday, March 13th in Jordan Hall, when we give the world premiere of Braid (2012), written expressly for this festival.
NEC students will also perform a dozen Lucier pieces in daily late-afternoon and evening concerts, including Music for Solo Performer (1965), Serenade for 13 Winds and Pure Wave Oscillators (1985-2012), Still Lives (1995), and more.
You won’t want to miss out — experiencing Lucier in these live performances will provide a newly-found depth to the way you listen to music and to sound.