Darmstadt in C

Live from (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 16, 2010

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Terry Riley's In C has long been a staple of the contemporary music repertoire with its infinite possibility and open structure. In this November 16 performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge, Brooklyn's Darmstadt Series presents its interpretation of the masterpiece, featuring a hand-picked ensemble that reflects the diversity of sounds of New York's New Music community including voices, electric guitars and electronics.

Darmstadt "Classics of the Avant Garde" is a Brooklyn-based contemporary music series led by composer-musicians Zach Layton and Nick Hallett. Sponsored by the ISSUE Project Room, Darmstadt presents two annual programs at the space including a month-long institute of premieres, video screenings and lecture performances as well as an Essential Repertoire Festival of works from the experimented music canon. Always committed to programming innovative works, Darmstadt's version of In C employs the talents of rock drummer, Jonathan Kane, a noted collaborator with the grandfather of minimalism, La Monte Young. 

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Comments [4]

Daniel Frankhuizen from Ithaca, NY

@ Dan Harding,
It actually says in the original score that you can use improvised percussion 'in strict rhythm'

Dec. 27 2010 08:44 PM
cooper from new york

The original score says, "it's possible to use improvised percussion in strict rhythm if it is carefully done and doesn't overpower the ensemble," so while it might be a bit more rock'n'roll than you like, it's not outside of the composer's wishes.

Dec. 18 2010 08:05 PM
Dan Harding from United Kingdon

Can a drum-kit really be included, since it isn't capable of playing the pitched-notation segments in the score ? Surely that's just pandering to the rock-music masses!

Having said that, I quite like this rendition: it's a bit more militant than other realisations, but from a rock-music perspective, it works. Somehow!


Dec. 13 2010 08:26 AM
stanley moon from a theater near you

Well, that certainly rids us of the charm element one usually finds in the piece, not to mention the wonder and enchantment, the subtlety and, well, almost everything else that's miraculous about In C. Whew, I just hit the stop button. Yeech!

Dec. 06 2010 06:52 PM

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