Hanne Darboven, Opus 17A
Where: Dia Art Foundation
535 W. 22nd St.
212-989-5566 Price: Free with admission. No reservations required.
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In conjunction with the installation of Hanne Darboven’s Kulturgeschichte 1880–1983 (Cultural History 1880–1983, 1980–83), Dia Art Foundation presents four performances of Darboven’s musical compositions for double bass. Completed in 1984, Wunschkonzert is both a large-scale visual installation and a four-part musical score for double bass, featuring Opus 17A, Opus 17B, Opus 18A, and Opus 18B. Opus 17A was first presented at the 1996 opening of Cultural History 1880–1983 at Dia Center for the Arts. In addition to Opus 17A, Robert Black, who performed the work in 1996, will perform the three companion pieces—Opus 17B, Opus 18A, and Opus 18B. All four concerts will take place within the installation at Dia:Chelsea to allow visitors to experience a live performance of Darboven’s musical work within the all-encompassing visual excess of her installation.
Robert Black is a musician and composer for the solo double bass who collaborates with actors, artists, composers, dancers, musicians, and technophiles from all walks of life. He is a founding and current member of the musical group Bang on a Can All-Stars. Current projects include a Philip Glass commission for a seven-movement solo partita, which includes recited poetry by seven of downtown New York’s most illustrious musicians and poets, and Possessed, a series of solo improvisatory performances in Utah’s rugged landscape. His CD recordings include State of the Bass (O. O. Discs, 1994), Christian Wolff: Look She Said (Complete Works for Bass) (Mode Records, 2002), Giacinto Scelsi: The Works for Double Bass (Mode Records, 2008), and Modern American Bass (New World Records, 2011), in addition to sixteen recordings for Bang on a Can All-Stars (Cantaloupe Records). Black teaches at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, Manhattan School of Music in New York, and the Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil.