2016 Avant Music Festival: Randy Gibson

2016 Avant Music Festival | Randy Gibson
March 5th | Randy Gibson

March 5, 2016
Concert 7PM
Installations Fri. 5PM-9PM & Sat. 12PM-4PM
Wild Project
195 East 3rd Street
New York, NY 10009


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March 5 and 4, 2016

at Wild Project
195 East 3rd street

Randy Gibson, composer/voice/video
Jen Baker, trombone/voice
Meaghan Burke, cello/voice
Carlos Cordeiro, bass clarinet
David Lackner, saxophone/voice
William Lang, trombone/voice

The 2016 Avant Music Festival closes with the world premiere of Gibson's immersive drone-epic Apparitions of The Four Pillars in The Midwinter Starfield Symmetry under The 72:81:88 Confluence in a setting of Quadrilateral Starfield Symmety A:L Base 11:273 in The 181 Profusion. Lasting between three and four hours, it is played by a sextet with voices and instruments, underpinned throughout by a harmonically complex drone rooted in a 72 hz (low "D") fundamental tone.

The new composition represents the latest iteration of Apparitions of The Four Pillars, Gibson's ongoing tuning-based work exploring a set of central harmonies in Just Intonation. Says Gibson, "This new composition is the purest statement of my concerns as a composer. By greatly restricting the available pitches and registers, we are able to work together as an ensemble to create powerful composite waveforms that highlight new sections of the tuning in ways that have never been heard before. The shifting tonality... aided by the symmetrical nature of the sine wave composition, changes our perception of the chord and its elements over time."

It is accompanied by a new video work by Gibson, Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry A:L Base 11:273, consisting of luminous, slowly evolving geometrical forms that transform symmetrically along four axes. Notes Gibson, "[It] uses psychically charged source material and an austere but richly textured color palette to provide a visual analogue to the music." Gibson has drawn inspiration from the pioneering works of his longtime teacher, composer La Monte Young and visual artist Marian Zazeela.

Please note, because of the duration of this work, the concert will begin at 7PM. Due to sonic interference, heating cannot be used during the performance, so please dress warmly, blankets will be provided and incense will be burned.

The Quadrilateral Starfield Symmetry A:L Base 11:273 video will be installed in the Wild Project space on Friday, March 4 (5 - 9 pm), and Saturday, March 5 (noon - 4 pm), accompanied by Gibson’s drone work The 27:28 Triple Octave Displacement. Admission is free.

Video: An excerpt of Randy Gibson’s new video work for Apparitions

The Avant Music Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by generous grants from The Foundation For Contemporary Arts and The Alice M Ditson Fund; and by the support of our members and donors.