Alvin Lucier, one of the most influential composer alive is visiting the Netherlands this weekend for a large feature of his work both performed by himself and by students.
It’s often mind-blowing to think how early Lucier was in thinking about sound, space, composition and technology. His pieces are still fresh and insightful to all generations. Lucier has visited STEIM in the past, and many of his students, including Nic Collins have been deeply involved with us.
If you are in the area I would not miss this opportunity in Den Haag!
Dag in de Branding and TAG join forces for the experiment, the art of sound and a labyrinth full of unexpected locations and encounters
Date: Saturday 29th of may
Start: 15:00 End: 00:00
Location: Various locations in The Hague
Tickets: 20,- euro (passe partout) / 10,- euro (students KC)
Dag in de Branding, The Hague festival for new music, has joined forces for the sixteenth edition with TAG. The programme on Saturday 29th of May puts on a Greek avant-gardist opera by Iannis Xenakis and focuses on work by sound artist Alvin Lucier (USA). Since 2006, Dag in de Branding has been putting on surprising one-day journeys of discovery into new music four times a year. This time, location-based projects will be held at the Ministry of Finance’s Atrium, in a variety of spaces in Korzo5HOOG and at the outdoor location in Kijkduin, het Hemels Gewelf by James Turrell.
Focus on Alvin Lucier
Lucier is mainly famous for the way he uses acoustic phenomena in his work. His compositions examine the broad spectrum of properties that sounds have, such as the resonance of teapots and other unusual objects, as well as the resonance of enclosed spaces and in the atmosphere. The location where a work is performed often plays an equally important role in Lucier’s pieces. The 79-year-old American composer is travelling to The Hague specially for the 16th edition of Dag in de Branding. Lucier will perform several of his works in the concert halls of Korzo5HOOG, including his Music for Solo Performer from 1965. In this historical piece, brain waves are amplified so they can – automatically – activate percussion instruments. At the outdoor location in Kijkduin, Het Hemels Gewelf by James Turrell, Lucier will round off the day at 10 p.m. with a new version of Sferics, where the audience can hear natural radio frequencies from the ionosphere on headphones. This concert is free of charge.
Dag in de Branding
This programme is a joined effort of the Johan Wagenaar Stichting, TAG, Korzo5HOOG, Slagwerk Den Haag, STROOM Den Haag and the Institute of Sonology and Interfaculty Art|Science of the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and is made possible with the support of the Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten, Stichting Mondriaan and Gemeente Den Haag Dienst OCW
The ArtScience Interfaculty, Institute for Sonology and Composition Department of the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague present: Alvin Lucier
Everything is Real lecture by Alvin Lucier
I Am Sitting in a Room (1969) performed by Alvin Lucier and the Spatial Interaction Lab of the ArtScience Interfaculty
Sunday May 30th at 14:00
Royal Conservatoire, The Hague
more info: www.koncon.nl / www.sonology.org / www.interfaculty.nl