The Form of Space I/O Fest presents a one-hour program of works that explores space, form, and the physical materials of sound through music for instruments ranging from woodwinds, brass, and strings to drums and everyday objects. With musicians arranged around the pavilion, the audience is immersed in a living and kinetic world of sound. At the center or the program is Michael Pisaro’s Ricefall (1) for sixteen percussionists, which envelops the listener in a soundscape composed of falling grains of rice, and, "like a gentle shower…explores the potentials for the harmonic coloring of noise." The performers set up on a grid of sixteen squares with the audience interspersed throughout, and gently pour rice on a range of resonant materials. Surrounding the Pisaro are works that explore space and motion, positioning the listener in an ever-shifting acoustic environment. Zosha Di Castri’s La Forma Dello Spazio is inspired by the mobiles of Lee Bontecou and Alexander Calder, and traces sound trajectories around the room through the spatialized ensemble. Matthias Pintscher’s Shining Forth refers to the austere, geometrical work of Barnett Newman with its black lines on untreated canvas. Gérard Grisey’s funereal Stèle opens the program with a bending of time and space through the slides, scrapes, and tolling of drums placed antiphonally in the hall.
Held each January in the '62 Center for Theatre and Dance, the annual I/O Festival of New Music immerses audiences in the full spectrum of today's most vital compositional trends. Over three days of new and adventurous music, the festival presents guest artists, the I/O Ensemble, and the student-run IOTA Ensemble in concert programs and additional events in unconventional public settings. I/O invites audiences to open their ears and minds and experience the music of now.
Sunday, January 14 at 3:00pm
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