Thursday, May 2 at 8:00-9:00 PM
AVERY FISHER CENTER
Feldstein Immersion Room
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 7th Floor
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Three works of electroacoustic music, presented and sound-engineered by Michael Schumacher.
Compositions by Neil Leonard, Amnon Wolman and Jim O’Rourke.
program note below.
Lavender Ruins (2018)
“Lavender Ruins” was created in collaboration Fujiko Nakaya for her fog-sculpture “Fog Ruins”. The work was exhibited within the remains of the Overlook Shelter athletic pavilion designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, that was destroyed by fire in the 1940s, leaving only the stone remains. “Fog Ruins”, comprises 900 nozzles, located atop scaffolding LED lighting and quadraphonic sound. The installation was exhibited for 12-weeks, with sound present at sunset.
“Lavender Ruins” revisits “Lady of the Lavender Mist” by Duke Ellington, who performed with his orchestra in these ruins annually at the end of his career. While making this work, I imagined the sound of Ellington’s reed section lingering in the air. Saxophone recordings were created in the Tank, in Colorado, a 65-foot-tall empty metal water treatment tank that has a 40-second natural reverb. There are no electronic effects on the saxophone. Additional electronic sound was created using custom software.
Tonight’s presentation is the world premiere of a revised mix for 12.1 channels. “Lavender Ruins” was composed at Montalvo Center for the Arts, 2018