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Composer: Lucier, Alvin (b. 1931)

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Year of birth1931
NationalityUnited States
Period20th century
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The pleasures and perils of electronic music

Charlotte Mundy © Cherylynn Tsushima
NYVOS Next offers works by Alvin Lucier, Kaija Saariaho and evening curator Kate Soper in a program demonstrating both the breadth of and inherent risks in live performance with electronics.
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Sounds of darkness in Cantata Profana's “Visions of Silence”

Cantata Profana © Russ Rowland

An eerie program of resonant sounds and sacred songs overtakes New York’s St Peter's Chelsea with Alvin Lucier, Salvatore Sciarrino and Galina Ustvokskaya alongside 17th-century works for an evening not short on drama.

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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.
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ICE ensemble at Mostly Mozart

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.
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Claire Chase lights up The Kitchen in Chelsea, NYC

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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