Thursday, December 06, 2007

Feldman's Why Patterns? at The Modern

If you missed the Morton Feldman deal at the Van Cliburn recital space on Sunday, you can still get your Feldman on. You can catch Why Patterns? featuring Elizabeth McNutt, flute; Steven Harlos, piano; Christopher Deane, percussion, Saturday afternoon at 2 at The Modern, 3200 Darnell Street. Admission is free. The concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Declaring Space: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein."

Sez Herb Levy: "Music that matches the art of Rothko, Newman, Fontana and Klein:/ Why Patterns?/ declares a space that reflects these vast canvases. Feldman, a personal friend of Rothko and Newman, creates an ethereal music inspired particularly by Rothko: in Feldman's own words, "the degrees of stasis found in Rothko were perhaps the most significant elements that I brought to my music from painting." Its ever-shifting textures draw the listener from the surface beauty of a few simple melodies into the inner life of sound. In this meditation, time and space become one.

1 comment:

Herb Levy said...

Thanks and all for the couple of postings, though this one's a little misleading.

I was just forwarding the PR blurb from the Modern, sent to me by flutist Elizabeth McNutt. The timing of the two concerts is coincidental.

Why Patterns? is a great piece and, running about thirty minutes, it's a lot less of a time commitment for those who might not have wanted to sit through a two hour modern classical work.

Speaking of which, some day we'll have to talk about terminology, cause most of what Other Arts will be presenting won't be "classical" as such.

But hey, hope to see y'all Saturday afternoon.