a transparent gate with 6 panels

I am happy to announce the first in a series of concerts presented by crow with no mouth promotions.

It is auspicious that the first event is the world premiere of a Michael Pisaro composition, a transparent gate with 6 panels, for Greg Stuart [percussion/electronics].

The space in which this work for eight speakers will be heard can be viewed here.

The following is Michael’s press release about this new work:
A transparent gate with 6 panels is a series of portable landscapes (or sound reliefs) for Greg Stuart. Imagine a large door, which instead of carved panels (like those made for the Florence Baptistery by Lorenzo Ghiberti and Andrea Pisano) has near transparent out-facing windows of various colors and designs (perhaps translucent versions of Ellsworth Kelly’s series of reliefs). These windows allow a view to the landscape behind them. But they set certain features of that landscape in relief by overlaying patterns made from elemental sounds. Each panel is ten minutes in duration, which includes a border of thirty seconds of silence on either side (creating silences of one minute between internal sections). Individual panels combine different collections of live percussion playing with slightly altered recorded versions of the same instruments emanating from an array of eight miniature speakers.

A work in the reliefs series, with percussionist Greg Stuart again performing solo, will next be presented in September at the Amplify 2011 festival in N.Y.C.


For a number of years I have wanted to focus some of my energy on presenting music that is very rarely heard in Minneapolis. I am grateful for this opportunity, as Michael and Greg are creating some of my favorite music, a body of work that has, as Thomas Moore has it, a piece of the sky and a chunk of the earth in every new sounding.

Pictured: Lorenzo Ghiberti’s door and an Ellsworth Kelly relief.

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