7:30 pm Coming Toegether
Standing Wave and guests Jeremy Berkman, Ron Samworth and Peter Anderson perform Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together, a work that is set to excerpts from political prisoner Sam Melville’s 1971 letter, an eerie foretelling of the Attica State prisonn riots.
“I think the combination of age and a greater coming together is responsible for the speed of the passing time. It’s six months now, and I can tell you truthfully, few periods in my life have passed so quickly. I am in excellent physical and emotional health. There are doubtless subtle surprises ahead, but I feel secure and ready. As lovers will contrast their emotions in times of crisis so am I dealing with my environment. In the indifferent brutality, the incessant noise, the experimental chemistry of food, the ravings of lost hysterical men, I can act with clarity and meaning. I am deliberate, sometimes even calculating, seldom employing histrionics except as a test of the reactions of others. I read much, exercise, talk to guards and inmates, feeling for the inevitable direction of my life.” &emdash; Sam Melville
Gregory Kozak, Christa Mercey and Richard Burrows of Scrap Arts Music explore the sonic and visual potential of unexpected materials. “Visually riveting . . . closer to the American maverick avant-gardist Harry Partch than anything in American popular culture.” The Philadelphia Inquirer