Non-Event, in partnership with the Züricher Hochschule der Kunste (ZHDK) and swissnex Boston, presents
THE EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA (featuring Oren Ambarchi + Trevor Saint)
performing works by ALVIN LUCIER
The concert celebrates the publication of a special Alvin Lucier box set that includes four LPs (12 “/ 180 gram), a CD, as well as a book of essays, interviews, scientific articles and archival photos edited by the Ever Present Orchestra’s Bernhard Rietbrock. Alvin Lucier will conduct a book/box set signing after the concert.
8pm (doors: $7:30pm)
$15 general admission | $10 students + Non-Event members
PROGRAM (all pieces by Alvin Lucier)
Ricochet Lady (2016) – Trevor Saint, glockenspiel
Two Circles (2012)
Semicircle (2017, Boston premiere)
(all pieces composed by Alvin Lucier)
The EVER PRESENT ORCHESTRA, based in Zurich and Berlin, is dedicated to the presentation of the work of the American composer Alvin Lucier. The orchestra attempts to make Lucier’s beating-pattern-focused instrumental music approachable to a wide audience with its uncommon instrumentation of 4 electric guitars, 3 saxophones, 4 violins, and a piano. Along with classically trained musicians, the presence of prominent Lucier interpreters such as experimental guitarist Oren Ambarchi, allows the ensemble to appeal to a wider audience than the conventional contemporary music scene. The Orchestra was founded by Bernhard Rietbrock after the 85th Birthday Festival of Alvin Lucier at the Zurich University of the Arts, as a part of the Swiss National Research Council project Reflexive Experimental Aesthetics after Alvin Lucier (Reflexive Experimentalästhetik nach Alvin Lucier). Its unusual instrumentation came about as a result of the presentation of the Lucier piece Hannover(2015), originally orchestrated for 3 banjos, 2 saxophones, 1 violin, 1 piano, 1 vibraphone, which was newly orchestrated for 3 electric guitars instead of banjos.
For this performance, the Ever Present Orchestra is:
Felix Profos: piano
Oren Ambarchi, Gary Schmalzl, Jan Thoben, Bernhard Rietbrock: electric guitar
Charles Ng, Joan Jordi Oliver Arcos, Valentine Michaud: saxophone
Rebecca Thies, Nora Peterhans, Christina Maria Moser, Fabienne Früh: violin
This program is presented with the support of the Zurich University of the Arts and swissnex Boston, as well as by a grant the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts + Culture.