Thursday, October 12, 2006

Frederic Rzewski

Hear a sample from: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

For you Kansas City Folks. As brought to my Attention via Dr. Mara Gibson.
I'll see you there.

'On October 16 from 12-1, Frederic Rzewski will be giving a free, noontime
lecture titled, "Nonsequiturs" at KCAI in Epperson. Rzewski is a VERY
influencial American composer and pianist that has agreed to come to
come talk with us about the creative process. He is also doing a residency
at UMKC.

Rzewski's music deals with improvisation , the use of language as a
structural element and often the overtly political. Some of his
better-known pieces include "The People United Will Never Be
Defeated!" (1975)(a set of 36 piano variations on the Sergio Ortega
Chilean song "El pueblo unido jamás será vencido"), written as a
companion piece to Beethoven's Diabelli Variations; "Coming Together,"
which is a setting of letters from an inmate at Attica State Prison,
at the time of the famous riots there (1971) and more recently, "De
Profundis," a 30 minute piano piece that requires the pianist to
recite a text by Oscar Wilde while playing (1992). Rzewski was also
co-founder of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) in the 60s which conceived
of music as a "collective collaboration process" bringing together
improvisation and electronic instruments.

Also, don't miss the concert with Frederic Rzewski on Saturday,
October 14, piano (as part of the Vanguard Series at UMKC Conservatory
of Music). A rare public performance by the legendary
composer-pianist. "...combustible energy...anarchistic tendencies - he
can take off into a free improvisation at any moment." Music by
Rzewski and others.

7:30 p.m.
White Hall in the Performing Arts Center
general admission $8, seniors $6, all students FREE with 24-hour
advance reservation, that INCLUDES KCAI students'

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