Live Webcast: “Sonata In Primeval Sounds” by Kurt Schwitters
Sunday, January 3rd, 2010, 6:00pm
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York City
Click here Jan 3rd, between 5:30pm and 7:30pm, for live webcast
Dada artist Kurt Schwitters’s classic “Sonata In Primeval Sounds,” also called “Ursonate,” is performed by URCHESTRA: vocalists Bob Holman, Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal, percussionists Eric Blitz and Bob Wilson, Andy Crespo and Fly (bass), GLOVE, John Landino (trombone, trumpet, cello), Denis Luzuriaga and Amanda Petrovato (synths), Zeph Noi$e (violins), with invented-instrument-makers Mitch Ahern (electoluxopipeophone, crutch) and Pronoblem (bass, board, cane, clarinet). $10 admission.
Click here for “Ursonate” audio preview.
Published in 1932, Kurt Schwitters’s “Sonata In Primeval Sounds” is the granddaddy of sound-art poems: an hourlong 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 “Art In Chicago 1945-1995″ retrospective.
Founded this year, the Western Massachusetts-based free-improv ensemble URCHESTRA has performed a dozen times in New York City (Bowery Poetry Club, Judson Church and Vox Pop), the Boston area (Outpost 186 and 119 Gallery), and Western Mass. (GonzoQuest in Holyoke; Easthampton town center).