Queen's University

Alvin Lucier, Artist in Residence, featured in upcoming Tone Deaf Festival

 
2009-10-20

Queen’s University Artist in Residence, Alvin Lucier, will be the special guest at this year’s Tone Deaf music festival, Kingston’s unique festival of adventurous sound performance. At age 78, Mr. Lucier is one of the world's senior and most influential "experimental" composers.

“Alvin Lucier rarely travels to present his work, but through the Queen's Visiting Artist program we were able to invite him for a week,” says Matt Rogalsky, professor at the Queen’s School of Music. “Alvin Lucier's work has broad interdisciplinary appeal. He has a history of collaborating with scientists, authors, theatre directors and artists. Ideas from many areas feed into his work, and we hope to see students and faculty from across Queen's at the events.”

Tone Deaf 8 features two of Mr. Lucier’s sound installation works at the Modern Fuel Gallery, 21 Queen Street, from October 23-31. Other events include:
• A Really Live Electronics Concert with Nicolas Collins & Ben Manley, two former students of Alvin Lucier, at 9pm, Friday, October 23, at The Artel, 205 Sydenham Street.
• Alvin Lucier: Two Portrait Concerts with Anne Bourne (cello) and Michel Sczcesniak (piano) at 4pm and 7pm, Saturday, October 24, at Sydenham St. United Church, 82 Sydenham Street.
• Discussions about the work of Alvin Lucier; at 11am there is a talk by Alvin Lucier, at 2pm there is a talk by Nicolas Collins, and at 3:30pm there is a panel discussion with Alvin Lucier, Nicolas Collins, Ben Manley, Anne Bourne, Clive Robertson, and others, all on Sunday, October 25 at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

“Alvin Lucier is brilliant at creating poetic and evocative musical works which also precisely demonstrate sonic phenomena,” adds Professor Rogalsky. “Hearing his music performed by Queen's faculty Gordon Craig, Michel Szczesniak, and Toronto cellist Anne Bourne, in the space of the Sydenham St. United Church will be a beautiful experience.”

For more information visit www.tone-deaf.org.

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