“Sonata In Primeval Sounds” by Kurt Schwitters @ Final Fridays Open Mike Night, July 31
Dada artist Kurt Schwitters’s classic “Sonata In Primeval Sounds,” also called “Ursonate,” is performed by Andy Laties, Rebecca Migdal and percussionist Eric Blitz, with Lead Parachute (John Landino, Denis Luzuriaga, and Glove) plus special guests, invented-instrument-makers Mitch Ahern and Pronoblem, as part of GonzoQuest’s Final Fridays Open Mike Night, on Friday, July 31st at 8pm, Paper City Studios, 80 Race Street, in Holyoke. The open mike, interspersed with “Ursonate” movements, features performance poets, artists with slideshows, and musicians.
Published in 1932, Kurt Schwitters’s “Sonata In Primeval Sounds” is the granddaddy of sound-art poems: a 45-minute nonsense opus that develops 26 abstract themes in classical sonata format. Andy Laties’s rousing participatory interpretations were honored in Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art’s major “Chicago Artists 1945-1995″ retrospective.
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