Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Knox's Semordnilap No. 2 to be performed tonight at Bargemusic

Cary and Dorothy Lewis (former Atlantans, now based in Portland, Oregon) write to let us know about their NYC performance tonight which includes music by Atlanta composer Charles Knox:

"we are in nyc right now playing tonight at bargemusic including chas' 2002 ..." says Cary.

Bargemusic is Brooklyn's floating concert hall for chamber music, on an actual barge docked at the Fulton Ferry Landing on the East River.

Here's the whole program:

October 3 • Wednesday, 8 pm at Bargemusic
Charles Knox: Semordnilap No. 2 ("2002")
Edwin Robertson: Music for Cello and Piano
Mozart: Sonata in e minor, K. 304 (arr. for Viola and Piano)
Chopin: Piano Trio in g minor, Op. 8, CT. 206 (arr. for Viola, Cello and Piano)
  Daniel Avshalomov, viola
  Dorothy Lewis, cello
  Cary Lewis, piano

Composers: What ideas might Bargemusic suggest to you for alternative performance spaces around Atlanta? Let's hear your thoughts.


Adam Scott Neal said...

I would love to hear a concert on a barge! Unfortunately, that does not fit in with Atlanta's geography. The closest thing we could do would probably be to play in a parking deck. Which, now that I think about it, sounds pretty damn cool. After seeing several summer concerts at the Five Spot and Eyedrum, I think a place that's kind of indoor-outdoor (ie, gets a f-in breeze but is not too sunny) could be an interesting locale.

MTR said...

This reminds me of what Robert Fripp did in his Frippertronics tour - playing in unusual places. He played record shops, restaurants, places not categorized as music "venues". The statement was taking music back to the people, so to speak, without the "dinosaurs" of the music industry. Later on, Fripp would play in subway stations and cathedrals and I am sure more unusual places. An unusual venue performance a couple of years ago in Atlanta was by Phil Kline called "Unsilent Night". People/participants were encouraged to show up with boom-boxes and walk the streets of downtown Atlanta with Mr. Kline's pre-recorded solo-tracks on either CD or cassette. As you can imagine this created astonishing results. And, the more boomboxes, the more intense the effects. We traversed the streets of Atlanta and some MARTA stations. This was Christmas themed, so there were lots of bell and choir solo-voices, each layer being independent, yet dependent of each other. A great experience.

Phillip said...

As someone who's played dozens of times at the Barge over the past 17 years, I can tell you that the real appeal of the venue is not that it is actually on the water, though as a novelty it's sort of intriguing. What the Barge has is: 1) an intimate space seating no more than 100 so all have a good view and hear equally well; 2) a huge window behind the stage; 3) a spectacular view of lower Manhattan; and 4) a chance for the audience beforehand and at intermission to be outdoors, enjoying that view.

All Atlanta needs to replicate this is a building with a view of center city or some other great view, then cut a full-sized window in behind the stage, and a patio behind that. You already have NYC beat on the weather score.