Music by Alvin Lucier with Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, Trevor Saint and Christina-Maria Moser
Mon 02 August 2021, 19.30
Alvin Lucier: Ricochet Lady (2016) for solo glockenspiel – 16′
Alvin Lucier: Same and Different (2021) for solo bassoon with pure wave oscillator, World Premiere / Commission of the Darmstadt Summer Course – 20′
Alvin Lucier: Tilted Arc (2018) for bowed glockenspiel with slow sweep pure wave oscillators – 18’
Alvin Lucier: Me And You (2021) for violin and glockenspiel, World Premiere
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (Bassoon)
Christina-Maria Moser (Violin)
Trevor Saint (Glockenspiel & Sound)
Alvin Lucier can be described as a musical magician. He can make the inaudible not only audible but also visible and can make music spatially accessible in the literal sense of the word. He is able to transform aesthetic reflection into minimalistic tonal images and brainwaves into resonance receptacles for snare drums and cymbals. Alvin Lucier, who celebrated his 90th birthday in May, is one of the great innovators in music of the 20th and 21st centuries. At the beginning of the 1960s, before Lucier called himself a composer, he travelled through Europe on a Fulbright scholarship, studying in Venice, Milan and Rome, also attending the Darmstadt Summer Course in 1961 where he encountered the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen and La Monte Young.
At that time, Alvin Lucier was only 30 years old. Today, six decades later, the American sound archaeologist brings two new works to the Darmstadt Summer Course, one of which was created for the bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval in response to a commission by the Darmstadt Summer Course. The bassoonist’s musical partners are equally familiar with Lucier’s music: Lucier is currently writing a new piece for the violinist Christina-Maria Moser and the world renowned glockenspiel player of contemporary music, Trevor Saint, which will be completed shortly before the Darmstadt Summer Course concert on 2 August 2021. Alongside these two new compositions, Trevor Saint – who, in addition to his wide-ranging musical activities is incidentally Alvin Lucier’s assistant, will also be presenting two works for solo glockenspiel and bowed glockenspiel with oscillators respectively – music which literally makes the air vibrate: highly ‘simple’, almost mystical and – yes – also magical.