DECEMBER 6, 2010

Tonight: "NOISE" Presents Matt Zurcher Doing Terry Riley
School of Architecture: What's Good, December 6, 2010

10PM, CFA Alumni Concert Hall
Terry Riley’s In C, re-conceptualized and directed by Matt Zurcher
(Sponsored by the School of Art seminar: NOISE— Toward a Critical Theory of Sound and Hearing)

Terry Riley’s In C (1964) is one of the most striking comments on simplicity in music. Against an omnipresent pulse, 53 different musical fragments are performed at the will of 10-20 musicians on stage. As they compound on one another, textures warp and forms arise.

The work can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 days, whatever the performers choose.

Inspired by Terry Riley, John Zorn, Steve Reich, and La Monte Young, Zurcher reinterprets Riley’s In C by exploring the possibilities of audio/visual interaction in a context of emergent forms of minimalism. With dazzling visuals and an ensemble of 12 musicians, Zurcher brings back the initial excitement and innovation of Riley’s original performance of the work.

The LIVE performance of this piece will be on Monday, December 6th at 10 PM in CFA’s Alumni Concert Hall. The musicians will be scattered throughout audience members and all extrinsic distractions will be avoided. Inspirations for this project include Paul de Marinis, Conrad’s Dream House, the aural/visual interactions in the films of Orson Welles, Jean-Luc Godard, and David Lynch, and the live performances of The Flaming Lips.