performing the Alvin Curran Fake Book
and the RAWLINGS/TONNE/MEGINSKY/KELLEY QUARTET
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
8 p.m. / $15 general admission/$12 students
ALVIN CURRAN has had a long and fruitful career as a composer, performer, and installation artist, as well as a writer and teacher in the American experimental music tradition. Born in Providence in 1938, he studied with Ron Nelson, Elliott Carter, and Mel Powell, and co-founded the influential electro-acoustic improv ensemble Musica Elettronica Viva in 1966 in Rome, where he currently resides.
He has taught at Rome’s National Academy of Theater Arts (1975-1980) and at Mills College (1991-2006), and has published numerous articles both about his own music and that of other artists and composers. A book about his work, “Alvin Curran Live in Roma,” edited by Daniela Tortora, was recently published by Die Schachtel (Milan).
Alvin will be performing his most recent work, “The Alvin Curran Fake Book.” Performed on grand piano and keyboard, the “Fake Book” is composed of sampled sounds of human, mechanical, and environmental origins (collected and “composed” over the last 30 years). Often the two keyboards intersect with similar or contrasting motion, complimentary harmonies, or other accidental musical gestures and collisions of acoustic and electronic sound exploring the intersection between popular music structures, contemporary art-music, and improvisation.
VIC RAWLINGS (amplified cello/electronics) employs a still and unstable sound language ranging from visceral excess to extreme austerity. He uses an amplified cello augmented with extensive and invasive preparations of his design, adapted from the Baroque era. He continually develops an electronic instrument with a highly unstable interface; acoustically realized by an array of exposed speaker elements.
LIZ TONNE is a vocal artist inspired by the unorthodox use of the human voice. Her work explores the infinite possibilities of the human voice, unmodified by electronic effects and typically without amplification. As an improviser she deconstructs the traditional role of the singer as a story teller or “melodic center”, using her voice purely as a sound source. Tonne is a member of the undr quartet, formed with James Coleman, Greg Kelley and Vic Rawlings in 1998. She is also a member of The BSC, a large ensemble of Boston improvisers directed by Bhob Rainey.
JAKE MEGINSKY’s work encompasses percussion, composition, dance accompaniment, and videography. Originally from Springfield, MA, he currently lives in Bennington, VT, where he is engaged in explorations involving compositional structures, music for movement, the representation of dance on video, and the performance of improvisation. His work in sound design and music for dance is fueled by the notion that music lives in the body.
GREG KELLEY began studying the trumpet at age 10. He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where in addition to studying the Conservatory curriculum, he also immersed himself in a deep study of avant-garde and experimental music, eventually coming to the conclusion that his musical focus fell outside of the academic sphere. After his studies, Kelley moved back to his native Massachusetts, quickly insinuated himself into the local avant-garde circles and soon commenced a period of intense travel and collaboration, bringing him across the United States, throughout Europe, Japan and South America.