Perspective: Xenakis

81% ($9,825)
April 30th, 2012
Raised $9,825 of $12,000

‘Xenakis has developed a music of truly majestic otherness.  It is an alien shard, glimmering in the heart of the West.’  - Ben Watson, The Wire

line upon line percussion presents Perspective:Xenakis, a two day music festival (May 4 and 5, 2012) in Austin, TX focusing on the initiating and representative chamber works of Iannis Xenakis.  Each work to be presented either spawned a new direction or exemplifies a specific compositional concern in Xenakis’s expansive oeuvre.  JACK Quartet (Brooklyn, NY), the preeminent champions of the Xenakis string quartets in North America, will perform each of the composer’s works in this genre.  Meehan/Perkins Duo, the foremost percussion duo in the country, will join Austin’s own line upon line percussion in performances of the massive percussion sextets, Persephassa and Pléïades.  Austin’s Michelle Schumann (piano) and Steve Parker (trombone) as well as New York-based percussionist Michael Zell will play some of the most virtuosic music written for their instruments.

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) was born in Romania to Greek parents.  He participated in Greek Resistance movements during World War II, losing his left eye in a shell blast in January 1945.  After arriving in Paris in 1947, Xenakis studied composition with Honegger and Milhaud and later with Messiaen from 1950-51.  He famously worked as an architect for Le Corbusier from 1947-60, designing the Philips Pavilion for the 1958 Brussels World Fair.    His first musical masterpiece, Metastasis (1953-4), sparked the beginning of a compositional career that placed him firmly in the pioneering generation of post-World War II composers who revolutionized 20th century music.  Xenakis was one of the first to substitute radical new concepts of sound for traditional musical thinking.  His developments had a profound impact on the next generation of composers, yet his music has remained singular for its energy and violence both exhilarating and disturbing.

line upon line percussion hopes that Perspective:Xenakis is the first annual festival focusing on the work of one innovative 20th or 21st century composer.  Conscious aims of the festival include representing the totality of a composer’s output as well as bringing both committed and acclaimed interpreters of the chosen composer’s music to Austin.  This festival intends to fill a niche in the already spectacular cultural milieu of Texas’s capital. 

Your donations to line upon line percussion, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, are 100% tax deductible and are used to cover costs directly related to Perspective:Xenakis.  Thank you for your support!     



Artist Fees: $10,750
Equipment: $650
Advertising/Web: $600

Total: $12,000

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