Join Blueridge Chamber Music Festival and The Polygon Gallery in an exploration of musical time. Held in conjunction with The Polygon’s current exhibition of Christian Marclay's groundbreaking video installation The Clock, this event offers a rare opportunity to experience two extraordinary music pieces.
Experience a soundwork by emerging Tahltan/Tlinglit composer and musician Edzi’u. Inspired by her family's tradition of storytelling, Kime Ani explores issues of culture and identity. Working with vintage and current audio recordings, electronic instruments and voice, Edzi’u interprets stories from three generations of her grandmothers and matriarchs.
This event features one of the most monumental chamber music works of the 20th century: Morton Feldman's For Philip Guston composed in 1984. Feldman was a pioneer in experimental music and was associated with composer John Cage. At over four hours in length, the piece weaves a softly mesmerising sound world that draws the listener into an ever-deepening state of contemplation and meditation. As one critic has noted, “the work stretches itself before the ears like the sky on a clear night”. Scored for flute, piano and percussion, the piece defies the structure of clock time, and instead yields to our actual experiences of time whereby five minutes can seem like forever while a whole day can slip by quickly.
Edzi’u: Kime Ani
performed by Edzi’u
Morton Feldman: For Philip Guston
performed by Paolo Bortolussi, flute;
Manuel Laufer, piano;
Daniel Tones, percussion
This event is the final concert in the 2019 summer Blueridge Chamber Music Festival. Now celebrating its tenth season, Blueridge presents a characteristic blend of beloved chamber music classics and innovative new music played by Canada's most thrilling performers.
Image: Tahltan/Tlinglit composer and musician Edzi’u. Photo courtesy the artist