Bent Frequency is opening their 2016-2017 season with the US premiere of A wave and waves for 100 percussion sounds created by composer Michael Pisaro for percussionist Greg Stuart; both of whom will be joining us for this performance!
For A wave and waves, the musicians are set up in a 10X10 grid with the audience interspersed among the performers. The percussionists then layer very soft individual sounds to create large-scale sonic waves for the evening-length (70 min) piece. Pisaro describes the work as "an idea about confounding the small and the large: Small sounds, many different kinds of them, very soft, on a large time scale." It's a unique piece of sonic art that examines the idea of individual soft sonic events overlapping and combining to make large-scale sonic structures in a manner that's akin to individual water molecules in the ocean combining to create wave patterns, “the collective action of granular sounds making shapes of great mathematical complexity."
More info here.