Christy Turns 40
Wednesday June 14th at 6 pm at the Nightingale
Saturday, June 17th at 2 pm at Kimball Arts Center
Thursday June 22nd at 6 pm at The Nightingale
Friday, June 23 at 6 pm – Dress Rehearsal at Elastic Arts
In a few months I am going to turn 40 and what I want more than anything is to be in a room making noise with my friends. In response, graciously, Seth Vanek and Ben Remsen have agreed to help me mount a performance of one of my favorite pieces of music, Terry Riley’s In C.
If you are unfamiliar with this work, it is essentially a improvisatory modular music piece that can expand to accommodate as many musicians as want to play.
As the arbitor of all contemporary knowledge, wikipedia, says
“In C consists of 53 short, numbered musical phrases, lasting from half a beat to 32 beats; each phrase may be repeated an arbitrary number of times. Each musician has control over which phrase they play: players are encouraged to play the phrases starting at different times, even if they are playing the same phrase. In this way, although the melodic content of each part is predetermined, In C has elements of aleatoric music to it.”
So if you are getting this link I am inviting you to play this piece with me in a few months at Elastic Arts in Chicago as a way to mark my 40th year. It may seem intimidating- especially for people (ahem, like me) who don’t read music or learn how to play/sing by ear – but Seth and Ben created a set of audio tracks designed to help learn the component parts and there will be many rehearsals at the Nightingale between now and then for anyone who wants to participate.
A few further notes:
In this performance, I will be singing the piece. I would love it if you wanted to join me.
Anyone and any instrument is welcome. I hope to have a big ensemble and it is totally possible for you to participate if you live out of town. Contact me with questions.
Here is the rehearsal schedule. All rehearsals take place at The Nightingale (1084 N. Milwaukee) except on June 23rd which will be at the venue.
Saturday, April 15 at 2pm
Sunday April 30 at 2pm
Saturday, May 13 at 2pm
Wednesday, May 24th at 6pm
Sunday, May 28th at 2pm
Wednesday, May 31st at 6pm
Wednesday, June 7th at 6pm
Sunday June 11 at 2pm
Wednesday, June 14th at 6pm
Saturday, June 17th at 2pm at Kimball Arts Center
(1757 N. Kimball. Park in the south lot and text Seth (773 354 5995) to be let in.)
Thursday June 22 at 6pm- (Please plan to attend this one of you can.)
Friday, June 23 at 6 pm – PRESHOW PRACTICE at ELASTIC ARTS
You only need come to as many rehearsals as you feel you need. If you are an accomplished musician this is probably easy breezy. If you are new to the piece, my guess is you would need 3 or 4 rehearsals to pick it up. One exception- I am hoping everyone can come to the dress rehearsal on the night before the performance on Thursday, June 22.
Please RSVP your intention to perform here. I will close this form on May 20th, people can feel free to join in until then. Please feel free to share this invite too.
Please find the score and Terry Riley’s instructions and the audio files here. I have found it easiest to put the mp3’s in an iTunes playlist (make sure they are in proper numerical order). The tracks include the c backbeat, and over that one version of the phrase in isolation and another version of the phrase repeated 4 times.
Feel free to get at me with any questions.
573 289 4329 // firstname.lastname@example.org
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