UC San Diego's Department of Music

March 10, 2013

  PASSAGE 9On Collaborative Alliances, John Cage, John Ashbery, Barnett Newman and the Sublime, Toru Takemitsu, the Source of Aesthetic Impact, Intermedia and Obligation created by UC San Diego composer Roger Reynolds, will be presented March Thirteenth at 7 pm in UCSD's Conrad Prebys Concert Hall.

Reynolds describes PASSAGE 9 as "a performed event: a non-linear aggregation of original stories, visual images, video clips, live performances, and sound spatialization." Reynolds, as reader, will be joined by computer musician Paul Hembree, percussionist Steven Schick, and flutist Rachel Beetz.
Tickets are available online, through UCSD Department of Music Box Office (858) 534-3448, and at the door beginning at 5:30 the night of the concert. FREE admission for all students.
"Several years ago, I began a series of presentations offering what I hope is an intriguing way of sharing observations, images, sounds, and their unpredictable resonances," Reynolds says. "PASSAGE 9 is not a lecture 'about something.' There isn't a particular message for everyone. I'm rather hoping that each individual will make his or her own connections between the elements. My intent is associative and inferential, not illustrative or explanatory. My texts, some read live and some pre-recorded, are spatialized in real time by a computer algorithm that allows a choreography of ideas, where lines of thought intersect and challenge one another in unexpected ways."

Reynolds says that the Oxford English Dictionary's definition of "passage" informed his thinking as he worked on his piece.
The action of going or moving onward, across, or past; movement from one place or point to another ... Migratory flight of a bird ... Transition from one state or condition to another ... a road, a path, a route, a channel ... A thing that passes or takes place; an occurrence; an event; a proceeding ... an exchange of words, actions, etc...
Reynolds won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1989 for his composition "Whispers Out of Time" for string orchestra, incorporating fragments from Beethoven and Mahler. His work with sound spatialization began in 1961-62 with his musical theatre piece "The Emperor of Ice Cream" on a text by Wallace Stevens. He later collaborated with poet John Ashbery on the song cycle "last things, I think, to think about."
In 1998, Mode Records released Reynolds' "Watershed," the first DVD in Dolby Digital 5.1 to feature music composed for the five-channel medium. His "Sanctuary" for percussion and computer processing premiered at the National Gallery in Washington in 2007. His composition "Positings" was premiered by Southwest Chamber Music on March 2 at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles to close its Twenty-Firth Anniversary International Festival.

Reynolds is presently at work on "george WASHINGTON" for orchestra, three narrators, projected imagery, and 8-channel computer sound. This piece will be premiered October 3, 4, and 5 at the Kennedy Center by the National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
Roger Reynolds' life's work is extensively explored online in the Library of Congress' Roger Reynolds Collection.

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