Considering Satie’s Vexations: 12 hours of new music

June 14th 2014 DOORS 22:00 CONCERTS 23:00

From Before Midnight to Midday + Brunch
inm Series, Composing This Space
This event kindly supported by inm.

N.K. Projekt Berlin will stage 12 hours of performances in response to Northern Spark’s staging of Erik Satie’s “Vexations.”

Peter Ablinger (AT)
Reinhold Friedl (DE) plays an interpretation of the classic Satie piece
Manfred Werder (CH) + guests: actualizing a new score and featuring 2 works by Toshiya Tsunoda in extended performance
Jost Muxfeldt (DE/US) laptop performance around sunrise.
+ more!

Warm brunch served at 10:00 !

Performance Times:
23:00 Reinhold Friedl
24:00 Peter Ablinger
1:00 Manfred Werder & guests
8:00 Jost Muxfeldt
10:00 TBA

Context: Vexations in Minneapolis

“Vexations” (1893) is a musical work by Erik Satie, presumably written for solo piano, that bears the inscription “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” Satie did not publish the work in his lifetime, and is not known ever to have performed or mentioned it. The piece was first printed in 1949 by John Cage in Contrepoints N°6.

The first of the ‘marathon’ performances of Vexations was produced by John Cage and Lewis Lloyd at the Pocket Theatre in Manhattan in 1963; it lasted over 18 hours and included relay piano performances by Cage, David Tudor, Christian Wolff, Phillip Corner and others.

Northern Spark Festival 2014 will stage this seminal piece at the Northrop Auditorium in which 12 young performers will successively play Satie’s piece in one-hour-long turns, resulting in an ongoing performance that lasts from 9:01p on June 14th until 5:25a June 15th.

NK Responsive Performance

Rather than re-staging Satie’s seminal work or another historical durational piece, NK complements their MN-partner event by hosting contemporary works in the spirit of Vexations. Based on the endurance/performance concept, the invited composers & musicians will present new works that explore & challenge perception via (means not limited to) duration, dynamic
extremes, psycho-acoustic techniques such as difference tones, spatial configuration, new technological applications, or dismantling the performer/audience hierarchy. These experimental musicians approach composition, improvisation and/or performance through computer music, electroacoustic, or as instrumentalists. The performances span a 12 hour period synchronized to the Minneapolis event & also to a similar responsive performance in Bombay, India at the Clark House Initiative Bombay.

Note, the Berlin program will be broadcast live to St. Paul Minnesota where audience members can watch & listen.