Alvin Curran | Shofar Rags XXL
This work has always begged for a definitive version, an absolute arrangement, and what Alvin Curran plays at Roulette—SHOFAR RAGS XXL—is close to it. This piece was never thought to be a stand-alone reproducible composition, but a lifelong project of continuing invention. Curran’s solo performance fuses the archaic sound of shofar with the latest digital technologies in a unique and highly original way.
Electronically it has become a MAX/LIVE/KONTAKT creation of Curran and Angelo Maria Farro, who, for several years, has been Curran’s most imaginative technical collaborator. The 5-8 pitches tones, spit and noises which this primitive instrument can emit, are the simple limited inputs to an extremely complex system of “patches” which ultimately transform these antiquated sounds into layers and layers of stable and unstable long tones, clusters, warped and granulated structures as well as sequential like improvisational melodies. The infinite electronic transformations of the pure shofar sound are gradually alternated with moments of pure sampled sounds of the whole world played on a midi- keyboard, together with unrenounceable forays on a grand piano.
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Presented by Roulette Intermedium.