Morton Feldmans Triadic Memories

Morton Feldmans Triadic Memories

January 28, 2005 8:00 PM - 10:00 AM

Live at the Chapel + Cultural Center at Rensselaer Morton Feldman's "Triadic Memories" performed by Michael Century (piano), with images by Kurt Ralske. Triadic Memories was composed in 1979, one of Morton Feldman's long, ruminative late works. Quiet throughout and eccentrically repetitive, this piece invites the listener to experience a now-unusual kind of long duration. For this performance, a newly created video will be projected, inspired by Feldman's interest in the carpets of the Middle East. The composer was struck by parallels between his own off-centered, memory-twisting rhythms and what he called the "disproportionate symmetry" of certain Turkish rugs' skewed repetition of motif. Created by Kurt Ralske, this video is not a literally synchronized accompaniment, but a parallel and complementary track that scans, scrolls, cross-fades and morphs between mostly detailed carpet images. In this conjuncture of music and image, we propose another kind of disproportionate symmetry. Whereas Feldman recast musical time with aspects of the stasis and scale of painting and textiles, here the static carpet image is rendered with aspects of Feldman's ineffable quietude and slow tempos. Michael Century is a musician and professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. www.arts.rpi.edu/people/century/ Kurt Ralske is a NYC-based video artist and computer programmer. Co-winner in 2003 of Transmediale first prize for media art, he recently created the permanent video installation on view in the the lobby of the re-opened Museum of Modern Art. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance will begin at 8 PM. Admission is free.
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