The McIntire Department of Music is pleased to present an Alvin Lucier festival on Friday, September 15th 2006 in Old Cabell Hall. Lucier is one of the pioneers of electronic music. His achievements in the use of physical gestures, brain waves and room acoustics have revolutionized the world of electronic music.
This festival is an Arts Enhancement Event, supported by the Provost's Office to increase the awareness of and support for the arts at the University of Virginia. For directions or more information please call the Cabell Hall Box Office at 434-924-3984.
Music on a Long Thin Wire (Installation)
Alvin Lucier - Thoughts on Music
Alvin Lucier & Friends
Classic and new concert works by American music pioneer, Alvin Lucier, plus new compostions by UVA faculty and graduates inspired by his musical poetics.
Originally from Nashua, New Hampshire, Lucier taught at Brandeis University for eight years, where he conducted the Chamber Chorus. He currently teaches at Wesleyan University, where he has been for 36 years. His works have been performed by groups such as the Hilversum Radio Orchestra and the Tehran Symphony Orchestra.
Music has taken Mr. Lucier around the world. His works have debuted at the Abiko Festival in Tokyo and the Time Of Music Festival in Vitaasari, Finland. He has performed everywhere from New York to Bombay. Over the years, has written for theater, television and film. Mr. Lucier has composed pieces for solo vocalists, small ensembles and orchestras. He has received global praise for his original work with electronic instrumentation.
Lucier's installations explore the properties of sound and space. His installation "Music On A Long Thin Wire" used the properties of magnets and wire oscillations to create tones from a long piano wire strung across a room. In his "Music for Solo Performer," Lucier amplified his brain waves by attaching himself to electrodes connected to loudspeakers. In "I am sitting in a room," he recorded and played back his voice repeatedly until wave interference turned his distinct words into unintelligible harmonies. "Music On A Long Thin Wire" will be performed in front of Old Cabell Hall, outdoors on the historic Lawn.
With works entitled "Fruits and Vegetables," "Heavier Than Air," and "Sound On Paper," Mr. Lucier has truly challenged the conventions of human interaction with acoustics. He has had a long and productive relationship with the music world, and his enthusiasm for his work shines through. The Music Department is glad to welcome such a committed and unique artist.
Colloquium, 3:30pm Old Cabell Hall
Installation, UVA Lawn
Music on a Long Thin Wire (1977)
sound installation for audio oscillator and electronic monochord
Concert Program, 8pm Old Cabell Concert Hall
Wind Shadows (1994), c. 17'
Lower Music (2006), c. 6'
Bird and Person Dyning (1975), c. 15'
Ascension Study (2006), c. 5'
Ground Loops (2005), c. 10'
Music for Solo Performer (1965), c. 15'
Aes/Aer (2005), c. 10'
Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels (1991), c. 10'
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