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II.1: Jürg Frey – Unhörbare Zeit

Sat., Jan. 26, 2013
Doors at 8:30pm | Show at 9pm
Willow Place Auditorium
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Unhörbare Zeit is a much needed American showcase of the music of the Swiss composer Jürg Frey, a longtime member of the Wandelweiser collective. Frey’s music is often at the threshold of silence, requiring virtuosity of a different kind: extreme sensitivity to sound and timbre. The concert features at its center the American premiere of the monumental work Unhörbare Zeit (Streichquarttet & Schlagzeug), commissioned by the Bozzini Quartet the subject of a 2007 documentary by Urs Graf.

The concert also features a reprise of Ohne Titel (2 Violinen) performed by String Noise (Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris), and the world premieres of parts of Frey’s recent Les tréfonds inexplorés des signes series, written for composer-performer ensemble The Dream Team during the trio’s 2012 US tour. The program was curated by Jack Callahan.

Set I (7 pm) Wer macht das Stück? (1998), for solo piano Andrew C. Smith, piano

Ohne Titel (2 Violinen) (1995/96), for violin duo Conrad Harris & Pauline Kim Harris, violins

Les tréfonds inexplorés des signes 36-39 (2012), for harmonium, guitar and percussion KCM Walker, harmonium; Jason Brogan, guitar; Jack Callahan, percussion

Set II (8 pm) Unhörbare Zeit (Streichquarttet &Schlagzeug) (2005/06), for string quartet and two percussionists Conrad Harris & Tom Chiu, violins; Pauline Kim Harris, viola; Brian Snow, cello; Chris Nappi & Matthew Gold, percussion

Set III (9 pm) Les tréfonds inexplorés des signes 40-43 (2012), for harmonium, tenor saxophone and percussion KCM Walker, harmonium; David Kant, tenor saxophone; Jack Callahan, percussion

Ohne Titel (Komplexität der Empfindungen) (1995/98), for flute and piano Martha Cargo, flute; Andrew C. Smith, piano

Jemanden bei einer Tätigkeit zu hören (1997), for percussion Jack Callahan, percussion