Charles Curtis, Alvin Lucier and melting glaciers

“…cellist Charles Curtis will play the Los Angeles premiere of Alvin Lucier’s “Glacier,” in the “sound.” series presented by SASSAS (Society for the Activation of Social Space through Art and Sound). But don’t expect to be lulled into climate indifference.”

“The 83-year-old American avant-garde composer has a special sonic and theatrical knack for finding a physical equivalent in sound to the world around us. In this recent score, he makes audible a graph of 30 glaciers melting, charting on the cello their decline between 1980 and 2004. It is a quiet piece and a sad one. But it is also an extremely delicate and endearingly lovely one….”

“In “Glacier,” strange artifacts occur from seemingly pure tones. That they can be quite beautiful only makes them more unsettling. The big climate events easily get our attention. But what Lucier makes real are the tiny erosions constantly occurring. These are the ones we overlook, yet they present the greatest danger”.  — Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times

**Melting not accompanied by Lucier in video!

 

 

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