River Measures: an epic cycle of 9 one-hour solo performances tracing a path along Austin's lakeside trails. Presented by the New Music Co-op and Fast Forward Austin, the project took place:
Daily at 11am, 2pm, and 5pm
Friday Dec 12th, Saturday Dec 13th, Sunday Dec 14th
Free admission to all programs
New Music Co-op & Fast Forward presented "River Measures" - a new site-specific performance I conceived in 2014. Unfolding over the course of three days, I engaged in a daily practice of three one hour solo sets for a total of nine unique performances. Beginning on Friday December 12th, I traveled upstream along the shores of Ladybird Lake from East to West. My Saturday afternoon performance took place near the mouth of Barton Creek, after which I retraced my path downstream, closing the performance Sunday evening at the rain site underneath the 1st Street bridge.
All nine recitals shared a fundamental structure, but each was musically unique. Included in the programs were works by John Cage (Song 74), Michael Oesterle (Studio), Andrew Norman (Sabina), John Corigliano (Fancy on a Bach Air), J.S. Bach (Solo Suite No. 1 in G major) and Emily Doolittle (Music for Magpies). Each work offers a unique perspective of time and measurement based on natural cycles, repetition and variation.
River Measures was part of New Music Co-op's "Sounding City" series, which is concerned with the role of place in new music performance.