“Sonata In Primeval Sounds” by Kurt Schwitters
Thursday, March 18th, 8:00pm
Multi-use Community Cultural Center (AKA MuCCC)
142 Atlantic Avenue, Rochester, NY
Pay what you want benefit for MuCCC
Dada artist Kurt Schwitters’s classic “Sonata In Primeval Sounds,” also called “Ursonate,” is performed by URCHESTRA: vocalists Andy Laties and Rebecca Migdal, percussionist Eric Blitz, invented-instrument-makers Mitch Ahern (electoluxopipeophone, crutch) and Pronoblem (bass, board, cane, clarinet). SPECIAL GUESTS: Don Rice (wwodwinds) and Steve Rice (keyboard, accordion).
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.
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).
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