WEDNESDAY MARCH 29, 2017, 8:00 PM, $10
(Rescheduled from February 9)
DAVID GRUBBS: Records Ruin the Landscape
Musical Ecologies continues Wednesday March 29th with writer and musician David Grubbs. Currently Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Grubbs is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press) in which he argues that, following Cage, new genres in experimental and avant-garde music in the 1960s were particularly ill-suited to be represented in the form of a recording. Despite this, present-day listeners are coming to know that era’s experimental music through the recorded artifacts of composers and musicians who largely disavowed recordings. The evening will include a presentation by the author about the book, and will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.
Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.
About the artist:
David Grubbs is Professor of Music at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY. At Brooklyn College he also teaches in the MFA programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) and Creative Writing. He is the author of Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), which has appeared in French, Italian, and Japanese translations. Grubbs has released thirteen solo albums and appeared on more than 150 commercially-released recordings, the most recent of which is Prismrose (Blue Chopsticks, 2016). He is also known for his cross-disciplinary collaborations with writers Susan Howe and Rick Moody, visual artists Anthony McCall, Angela Bulloch, and Stephen Prina, and choreographer Jonah Bokaer, and his work has been presented at, among other venues, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, MoMA, the Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou.
Facebook event page: facebook.com/events/1692906771001621
Upcoming: Michael Pisaro (4/13) and Alexandra Gardner (5/11)