When: Fri., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. 2016
The exquisite technique and discerning ear of cellist Charles Curtis have made him a key player in some highly disparate settings. Currently a professor of contemporary music performance at the University of California, San Diego, he’s played comedic indie rock with King Missile and Christian hymns with opera singer Kathleen Battle, and blasted lunar noise with Borbetomagus guitarist Donald Miller. His sparse solo discography includes a CD of Bach’s solo cello suites and a double album of sine waves, vocal recitations, and downtempo rock grooves composed so that you can play any combination of sides simultaneously. And he’s the go-to cellist for minimalist composers like La Monte Young and Eliane Radigue—both of whom have composed pieces specifically for him—as well as Tashi Wada, who used Curtis and his student Judith Hamann to record the LP Duets (Saltern). Wada recently performed in town at a concert put on by local nonprofit Lampo; at this show closing out its season, Curtis will play Wada’s piece “Valence” along with “Rice and Beans,” by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles, and a pair of compositions by Alvin Lucier: “Glacier” for solo cello and “Slices” for solo cello and prerecorded orchestra.
Price: free with RSVP at smartmuseum.uchicago.edu