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Works by Éliane Radigue: Carol Robinson & Rhodri Davies / Laetitia Sonami
October 20, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ISSUE presents a public performance celebrating the work of pioneering French composer Éliane Radigue (in absentia), presented as a part of The Austrian Cultural Forum’s Moving Sounds Festival.
Following her honoring at ISSUE’s 2017 Gala, the evening spans her acoustic and electronic compositions and features the world premiere of OCCAM RIVER XVI, performed by composer and clarinetist Carol Robinson and harpist Rhodri Davies, as well as a performance of Radigue’s 2013 piece OCCAM IX by Laetitia Sonami.
When & where
Friday October 20, 2017 @ 8pm
Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Tickets $20 - $15
The evening also showcases Mila's Song in the Rain from The Songs of Milarepa, a tribute to the Tibetan saint and poet from the eleventh century. Released in 1983 and compiled in 2001 by Mimi Johnson’s Lovely Music, the song cycle is arguably considered the masterpiece of Radigue’s early electronic works. The recording of Mila's Song in the Rain is presented as a focused listening environment, demonstrating the signature organic mysticism of Radigue’s Arp synthesizer work alongside Lama Kunga Rinpoche and Robert Ashley’s respective Tibetan and English readings.
Eliane Radigue OCCAM IX - Laetitia Sonami (30’)
Eliane Radigue Songs of Milarepa, Mila's Song in the Rain (19:10’)
Eliane Radigue OCCAM RIVER XVI - Carol Robinson & Rhodri Davies (45-50’)
Working since the 1950s, French composer Éliane Radigue’s profound impact on extended technique and minimalism has developed in parallel to the widely celebrated careers of minimalist composers in New York City. Still, the artistic trajectory of her work remains largely underexposed and her inherent distinctions from the male-dominated classification of minimalism remain underemphasized. With her first compositions presented in the late 1960s, her work was almost exclusively created on a single synthesizer, the Arp 2500 modular system and tape. Since 2001, she has composed mainly for acoustic instruments. Radigue’s enduring artistic history often intersected with ISSUE, including one of the first ever performances at ISSUE’s 22 Boerum Theater. In 2010, she introduced the New York premiere of her 2009 acoustic composition Naldjorlak. Her masterpiece Songs of Milarepa, as well the American and World premieres of OCCAM III, OCCAM XVI, OCCAM X and OCCAM RIVER III performed by Carol Robinson and Nate Wooley, were presented at ISSUE. Radigue has inspired many across the spectrum of ISSUE’s community and remains a vital pioneer whose methods resonate timelessly. In honor of her of contributions to electronic music and sound art, Radigue was also awarded Prix Ars Electronica’s Golden Nica in Austria in 2006.
To say that Carol Robinson is a Franco-American composer and clarinetist is perhaps too restrictive to describe the eclecticism of her experience and passion. She is not someone who likes the middle ground. She graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory before continuing her study of contemporary music in Paris thanks to a H.H. Wooley grant. Whether playing repertoire or more adventurous material, she performs in major venues and festivals the world over (Festival d’Automne, MaerzMuzik, Archipel, RomaEuropa, Wien Modern, Huddersfield…), and works closely with musicians from a wide stylistic spectrum. A fervent improviser, she prefers the most open musical situations and regularly collaborates with choreographers and visual artists. She initially began composing by writing music theater pieces, and has since received commissions from a wide variety of ensembles and institutions. Recent works include a pocket opera for baroque ensemble, Mr Barbe bleue (Commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture), and The Weather Pieces, a cycle for solo instruments and electronics. Robinson’s recordings demonstrate the breadth of her work. In addition to her own compositions, there are monographic CDs of composers Giacinto Scelsi, Luigi Nono, Morton Feldman, Luciano Berio, Eliane Radigue, or Pill Niblock, as well as classical music, alternative rock, and jazz.
Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 and lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays harp, electric harp, live-electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp installations. He has released four solo albums: Trem, Over Shadows, Wound Response and An Air Swept Clean of All Distance. His regular groups include: HEN OGLEDD (with Richard Dawson and Dawn Bothwell), Cranc, a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, Common Objects and a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch. He has recorded, toured and/or performed with the following artists: David Sylvian, Jenny Hval, Mark Fell, Kahimi Karie, Laura Cannell, Lina Lapelyte, Sachiko M, Bill Orcutt, Jim O’Rourke, Ben Patterson, Christian Marclay and David Toop. In 2008 he collaborated with the visual artist Gustav Metzger on ‘Self-cancellation’, a large-scale audio-visual collaboration in London and Glasgow. New pieces for solo harp have been composed for him by: Eliane Radigue, Philip Corner, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Alison Knowles, Mieko Shiomi and Yasunao Tone. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award and since 2016 is a Chapter Associate Artist.
Laetitia Sonami was born in France and settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in live electronic music. She studied with Eliane Radigue, Joel Chadabe, Robert Ashley and David Behrman. Sonami’s sound performances, live-film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects. Recent projects include her duo Sparrows and Ortolans with James Fei, a new live film made in collaboration with SUE-C based on Calvino’s Cosmicomics and the current installation of ”le Corps Sonore” at the Rubin Museum, NYC, with Bob Bielecki and Eliane Radigue. Sonami has received numerous awards among which the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards. She currently is visiting faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute, Mills College (CCM) and Bard College MFA program.