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The Kitchen is pleased to welcome cellist Charles Curtis to perform the music of Éliane Radigue in the gallery as part of "From Minimalism into Algorithm." Written in close collaboration with Curtis himself, Naldjorlak I is a work for solo cello and is the first part of a larger trilogy of Naldjorlak pieces developed with select virtuoso musicians between 2004 and 2009. Monumental but delicate due to the acoustic treatment of fragile, barely perceptible instrumental resonances, Naldjorlak is built from incredibly subtle harmonics, sub-tones, and partials interacting continuously.
March 16, 7pm
Born in and still based in Paris, Éliane Radigue began her electroacoustic music studies at the Studio d'essai at the RTF, under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry in the late 1950s. Her music, sourced from an Arp synthesizer and recorded on tape, attracted considerable attention for its sensitive, dappled purity. During the mid-70s, she presented her work numerous times at The Kitchen both in performance and as audio installations. In the early years of the 21st century, after many decades of infinitely discrete electronic music, Radigue changed gears and devoted herself entirely to acoustic composition. Naldjorlak I was the first piece to be completed in this radically new direction.
Charles Curtis performs a unique repertoire of major solo works created expressly for him by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, Alvin Lucier, Éliane Radigue, Christian Wolff, Tashi Wada and Alison Knowles, rarely-heard compositions by Terry Jennings and Richard Maxfield, and works by Cardew, Feldman, and Cage. A former faculty member at Princeton University, and for eleven years the first solo cellist of the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg, Curtis is now professor for contemporary music performance at the University of California, San Diego, and tours and records internationally. He continues to perform and record the traditional repertoire for cello, both as soloist and as artistic director of the chamber music project Camera Lucida.
Charles Curtis performs Éliane Radigue is made possible with 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, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and National Endowment for the Arts.
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