Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

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Chatter Sunday (formerly Church of Beethoven)

Time: August 24, 2014 from 10:30am to 11:30am
Location: Factory on 5th, The Kosmos
Street: 1715 5th St NW
City/Town: Albuquerque
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Event Type: music, and, spoken, word
Organized By: E Cline
Latest Activity: Jun 30, 2014

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Reich + Bach

Chatter Artistic Directors David Felberg and James Shields join forces for a program featuring the music of Steve Reich and Johann Sebastian Bach.  Felberg performs Steve Reich's rockin' Violin Phase for Violin and electronics, and Shields will tackle Bach's Suite No. 4 in E-flat for solo Cello, "remixed" for solo Bass Clarinet.  Shields sees many parallels in this unlikely pairing:

Great composers love a good challenge, and you can do a lot with instruments that are primarily designed to be produce single lines. Bach was the master of creating the effect of multiple voices arising from one musical thread, and he could weave a rich fabric of underlying harmony and counterpoint and to seek out underlying harmonic structures, even if these harmonies are only implied.  

Steve Reich was also interested in the effect of the ear "hearing" something that isn't really being played.  In his Violin Phase he creates overlapping patterns from the solo violin by the use of a pre-recorded tape, that essentially allows the performer to loop successive statements of a melody over and over.  The patterns interlock and overlap with each other, reinforcing certain notes and inviting the ear to create new lines, or "resulting patterns.”  When the tape is reaching peak musical density, the solo violin begins to actually pick out and realize these resulting patterns as new live material.  The effect is really striking.

The poet this week will be Michelle Holland. Holland lives and writes in Chimayo, New Mexico, and teaches at Los Alamos High School. Her books include the New Mexico Book Award winning collection, “The Sound a Raven Makes,” Tres Chicas Press 2007; and “Chaos Theory,” Sin Fronteras Press, 2009.

Doors open at 9:30; for best seats, come early and enjoy the coffee and camaraderie!

Chatter Sunday Admission prices are $15 regular, $9 for those under 30, and $5 for children under 12, available at the door. The Frequent Attender Pass gives patrons 11 admissions for the price of 10 and can be purchased at the Chatter website,

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