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Reducing the Tempo to Zero is Ben Vida’s new long-form composition for four vocalists and electronics. Informed by Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, the extended performance length of the piece acts to complicate the listeners’ relationship to memory, absorption and attention. The timeline of this piece takes hours to unfurl, which means some audience members may only experience segments of the overall composition; this eliminates basic structural signifiers (like a strict beginning, middle and end) and leaves room for reconsidering how the developmental arc of a composition can function.
Vocalists: Nina Dante, Eleanor Friedberger, Ryan Sawyer, and Ben Vida.
Please note, audience members may come and go throughout the near five-hour performance.
October 15, 2–6:30pm
Ben Vida: Reducing the Tempo to Zero is made possible with commissioning support from Jerome Foundation, endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photo: Mary Scherer
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