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Composer: Lucier, Alvin (b. 1931)

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Year of birth1931
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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Alvin Lucier and the Bozzini Quartet in Montréal

Bozzini Quartet © Michael Slobodian
 The Bozzini Quartet confronted the challenges of Lucier's music with confidence and precision, their dedication evident in their effort to bring various acoustic phenomena to fruition.
****1
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ICE ensemble at Mostly Mozart

© Armen Elliott
The musical objects ranged from Phyllis Chen’s custom music-box to a Chinese food take-out box that sounded as if birds were chirping inside. Occasionally, the amalgam of twinkling noises was joined by a titter of laughter from the fascinated audience.
****1
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Claire Chase lights up The Kitchen in Chelsea, NYC

Claire Chase  ©  David Michalek
The flute is one of the most venerable musical instruments we have (the earliest archaeological records have been dated to over 35,000 years ago), and as Claire Chase proved Thursday night at The Kitchen in Chelsea, it retains an energy that ensures it will continue to play a vital role in the future of concert music.
*****
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International Contemporary Ensemble at Kings Place

Claire Chase  ©  Stephanie Berger
International Contemporary Ensemble’s debut London concert was a small-scale affair, tucked away in Hall 2 of Kings Place on a Sunday afternoon. But this talented group still gave us a great taste of why they’re such big news in the United States, with a pleasantly varied programme of new and recent music curated for them by Londoner and long-time collaborator Dai Fujikura.
***11
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New music galore from the London Sinfonietta at the Southbank Centre

Martyn Brabbins conducting the London Sinfonietta  ©  Kevin Leighton
Anyone who worries for the health of contemporary composition obviously wasn’t at the Southbank Centre this Sunday, where the London Sinfonietta presented a whole afternoon and evening’s worth of new music in and around the Queen Elizabeth Hall.
****1
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