NIDRA + Morton Feldman's "Three Voices"
Tuesday, April 25 at 7pm.
7.30pm NIDRA | Giacomo Baldelli (guitar) & OOOPStudio
9pm Feldman's 'Three Voices' | Juliet Fraser (soprano)
NIDRA - 7:30pm
Hailed by the NYTimes as “ a new musical tour de force for electric guitar featuring video” NIDRA is a 50-minute performance experience by Italian guitarist Giacomo Baldelli and Italian video duo OOOPStudio featuring five electric guitar masterpieces of the second half of the 20th century accompanied by a multi-sensory meditation of videos inspired by each work:
Steve Reich - Electric Counterpoint...
Tristan Murail - Vampyr!
Christian Wolff - Another Possibility
John Cage - Dream
Fausto Romitelli - Trash TV Trance
JULIET FRASER - THREE VOICES - 9:00pm
Three Voices, written in 1982 for Joan La Barbara, was the last solo vocal piece Morton Feldman wrote before his death in 1987. Conceived as a trio for the one voice, with two pre-recorded parts and one to be performed live, the score is conventionally notated but is beguilingly short on some details. Writing later about Three Voices, Feldman said: 'One of my closest friends, the painter Philip Guston, had just died; Frank O'Hara had died several years before. I saw the piece with Joan in front and these two loudspeakers behind her. There is something kind of tombstoney about the look of loudspeakers. I thought of the piece as an exchange of the live voice with the dead ones - a mixture of the living and the dead'.
British soprano Juliet Fraser has a repertoire dominated by the very old and the very new. She has premiered well over 100 works, many of which have been written for her. Her commercial recording of Morton Feldman's Three Voices was released on Hat Hut Records in November 2016. This performance is part of her U.S. debut tour.