jeudi 21 février 2008

Chris Knudsens MB 89 on tour

HEY 10 dates are booked for Craig Colorusso's latestpiece MB 89.
Live clip and info below. -CK

MB 89

I think it started when I was a kid. I had a mildinterest in sports. I was amazed to find out thatinnings get added to a baseball game when there is atie. But what was really amazing was that they keepadding them on until there's a winner. The thought ofa game lasting a few days was great. I thought itwould be really cool if the game lasted a year. Andwhat if the game lasted several years? I had a visionof all these baseball players running around inweathered uniforms and long white beards. Now thatwould be something; to continue a game for the rest ofyour life.

MB 89 is an attempt for me to play a continuous piece of music that spans the greater part of my life. Unlike a composition with a discrete beginning andending that may be played over and over, MB 89 is acomposition played once, continuously; spaces betweenperformances are to be treated as musical rests. Instead of many starts and finishes there is constantmusic. Thus MB 89 is a reference point in myever-changing life.

MB 89 is not to be merely conceived, written, andperformed. Rather, I have just realized MB 89'spresence in my life and have decided to acknowledgeit. It will be an ongoing endeavor for the rest of mylife.

The first MB 89 performance was a series of live radiobroadcasts on the UMASS radio station WMUA. MikeBurke DJ extraordinaire was a neighbor of mine when Ifirst moved to Northampton. We quickly became friendsdue to our late night talks about music. So everyThursday in August 1997 MB 89 was broadcasted fromMike Burke's radio show.

Since then, the presentation of MB 89 has evolved intoa timeless environment for people to enter and exit atwill. The concept for this installation is to createa space of subtle movement where people can be part ofthe environment and absorb MB 89 any way they like.

A Cylindrical mass of metal and fabric will stand inthe room from within the cylinder will be a BassClarinet generating a drone with electronics. Lightswill accompany the drone. The glow of the blue lightsconstantly change over time, transforming the room. Subtle color fills the space and changes with themusic. Participants are encouraged to experience thepiece from different points in the room.

The performance is presented in 4-hour increments andis designed for the audience to come and go as theyplease. It is best to find space in the room and bewith the piece for a while, leave and then come back.

March 6th Cleveland Ohio Visible VoiceBooks
March 7th Indianapolis Indiana Big Car
March 8th 3am-6am radio show ITDE.
March 8th St. Louis Missouri LEMP ARTSMarch 15th Vegas Nevada
March 20th Salt Lake City Utah RED LIGHT
March 29th Denver Colorado Object+Thought
April 4th Lincoln Nebraska Project Room
April 5th Cincinnati, OHIO MURMUR

Chris Knudsens

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