Piano Spheres et alia
Um, gee. OK now I’m calm again.
Oh! And I’m back – at the moment it’s Wednesday 12:15 am and my head is still thrumming from Vicki Ray and the Eclipse Quartet playing Feldman’s Piano and String Quartet.
Many of you were there and those who weren’t….. that’s how it goes.
For a sample here’s the Ives Quartet with the initial 6 minutes of the 75 minute piece. Listening live that opening moment is quite as powerful as the opening of Beethoven’s 5th. Especially when I considered it after I heard the ending. In fact at tonight’s performance for maybe the first time of my ‘classical’ music listening life I was able to hold the entire piece in my mind as I traveled through it in time.
Listen to the clip – that sort of quiet rustle of small groups of sound continues for perhaps twenty minutes. The piano leads while the strings underline and variously move away. Much is the repetition, so much so that when change does happen I missed it entirely until the difference had been a fact for some seconds or minutes. This feeling I had of skating over the sound – or vice versa – became emphasized in the second 40 or so minutes: the four strings began playing differently. And, well it sounded like rounds – the music was very lyrical for the first time. In my head the sound described a square or diamond shape that kind of rotated in space/time. Vicki Ray on the piano also played more lyrically here and five players together set up rhythms. Again with the repetition. Again and even more powerfully I was conscious of changes long after they happened – I didn’t fall asleep, I was entranced by Feldman’s quiet music.
Then the strings stopped. Quite suddenly. It was a sweet shock and I held my breath while Ray continued playing. Then, just as suddenly, the piano stopped and we all, led by the musicians, hesitated – and time felt like it stretched rather than stopped while we enjoyed the sound remaining in our heads.
Do not be so foolish as to imagine you can live a complete life without hearing music such as this. Seek it out. Sassas. Piano Spheres. Jacaranda. Green Umbrella. Monday Evening Concerts. It seems as though they’re all off until January but do check in with them from time to time.
Onward to art we can look at.
Elephant have got many images for their exhibition Futures, opening Friday, Dec 3. 3325 Division Street, Glassel Park, 90065. Unless I’m crazy I’ll stop on my way home from work to check it out.
The more about Bianca: Grace Lane Gallery, 2865 East Coast Hwy, Ste 300, Corona del Mar, 92625 is opening Common Thread – A Collaborative Exhibition by Los Angeles Artists Jen Bruce and Bianca d’Amico this Sunday, Dec 5. I’m not sure when, check the website or call 949-675-4100. The gallery master quote by the way is from Peter Doig: “I hope I don’t have too much control, because mistakes are an essential part of everything I make. Many of the paintings are essentially mistake upon mistake. That’s how they evolve.”
Master quote – cool idea! Congrats to Jen and Bianca!
I quote now from the press release, “In this collaborative exhibition, Bruce and D’Amico will be showcasing individual works along with a series of photographs documenting a collaborative performance that extends their approach to art as shared object, art as play thing, art in use. Both artists have studios in Los Angeles at the Elephant Art Space, a gallery and artist’s studio community.”
I gotta take a break or I’ll be a mess tomorrow. See you then.