International Contemporary Ensemble and Greg Stuart
with additional performers from the Walden School's Young Musicians Program and Usdan Summer Camp for the Arts
Thursday, August 9, 2018 David Rubenstein Atrium
7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Michael Pisaro: A wave and waves (2007)
Echoing the environmental themes and communal experience of John Luther Adams's In the Name of the Earth, Michael Pisaro’s 75-minute piece embeds audience members in a grid of 100 performers, where they are slowly submerged in an ocean of sound. Isolated, imperceptibly soft noises—sandpaper on stone, seeds falling on glass, bowed bells—are layered into powerful waves of sound adding to the immersive nature of the experience. A work of monumental scale, presented with uncommon immediacy, a wave and waves melds microscopic moments of friction, gravity, and vibration into a single, pulsing organism.