Soundings: New Music at the Nasher
LocationNasher Sculpture Center
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- May 29, 2013 8pm
- May 29, 2013 11pm
When we were kids, way back in middle school, we wanted to play the drums. But rhythm is not one of our strong suits and we ended up playing the French horn, instead. (We know.) But even if we didn't already have a strange fascination with drummers and their craft, the prospect of this all-percussion, immersive performance would still be thrilling. Gérard Grisey's Le Noir de l'Etoile is just so cool. We don't know any other way to describe it, beyond the fact that it's the French composer's sonic (usually narrated) illustration of pulsars—otherwise known as dying stars, spinning out of control and flaring bright in the face of demise. It's an exhilarating mix of science and sound, performed around the audience instead of the audience simply staring at a stage. It's also a perfect example of the innovative programming the Nasher's Soundings series is known for.