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Published on Mar 24, 2017
"The Alvin Curran Fakebook" - Excerpts
The solo performances I have been developing for nearly 50 years now appear under this title. They are the sum of my compositional, improvisational, electronic and theatrical work since the middle 1960’s. A recent publication by the same title (available at Amazon.com) is a musically notated book of 300 pages containing many fundamental pieces, or parts of them, which represents much of my work, and is richly illustrated by scores, sketches and photographs of significant events and installations.
On this occasion, a delightful return to the Mills Music Department where I was the Milhaud Professor between 1990 and 2006, my essential solo performance is enhanced by occasional interventions played by the Contemporary Performance Ensemble under the direction of Steed Cowart.
This quasi-improvisational dialogue is one which typifies my traditional ways of making music with whatever is at hand–so eschewing the much easier role of solo performer, I have created a simple score for the ensemble which threads its way in and out of my playing as a flock of birds might do, completely unannounced and completely on time.
What I will perform will be from my Fakebook “modules” old and very new, including an electronic version of Shofar IV, my over 1000 sampled sounds–which “play the world from my fingertips” and of course an acoustic grand piano in a concert of entirely improvised-written music.
Alvin Curran Mills College November 2016
Contemporary Performance Ensemble
Steed Cowart, conductor Tate Carson: string bass Ricky Crews: flute Camille Emaille: vibraphone Nayoung Jung: piano Charles McGraw: violin Joel Nelson: guitar Eric Glick Rieman: melodica Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir: French horn, and Teaching Assistant Lucca Troutman: flute Thomas Weeks: alto saxophone