June 15th (friday)
BERNARD PARMEGIANI: "De natura sonorum"
Bowerbird Presents GATE
@ The Rotunda
4014 Walnut Street
ABOUT THE SHOW
Building on the acoustic investigations of his teacher Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of musique concrete, French composer Bernard Parmegiani creates what he calls "acousmatic music" -- a kind of sonic art conceived especially for presentation through loudspeakers, designed to invoke powerful mental images through the pure play of disembodied sound. Parmegiani's 1975 composition De natura sonorum is an unrivaled masterpiece in this genre. Each of the work's 12 movements is an etude in which opposing sonic properties--percussive versus sustained tones, or synthetic versus natural--are played against each other in a highly refined counterpoint of acoustic forms. At once playful and imposing, sensual and cerebral, De natura sonorum leads the listener on a unique exploration of the nature of sound.
***Digital artist Peter Price will perform live projected visuals to accompany the digital playback. The concert will be preceded by a brief introductory talk by Thomas Patteson. ***
The Rotunda is a West Philadelphia community-gathering place that is fueled by the belief that art is a catalyst for social change and that the arts can lead to the formation of meaningful partnerships between the University of Pennsylvania and surrounding neighborhoods. Over 300 events are offered every year, including live music, film, spoken word, theater, art, dance, education, youth programs, arts incubation, and various experimental genres. As an alcohol-free, smoke-free venue, The Rotunda provides a critical social alternative for all ages. At its core, The Rotunda is a shared space fostering learning, enrichment, and community support while empowering the public to present, produce, and promote their work.