Greg Stuart | Elastic | Experimental | Chicago Reader

Greg Stuart All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Thu., May 19, 7:30 p.m. 2011

Radical music has rarely sounded as gorgeous as the collaborations of percussionist Greg Stuart and composer Michael Pisaro. Pisaro's resonant pieces include field recordings, prepared and processed sounds, and instrumental passages performed by musicians, who make many of the final decisions about what sounds to play (so long as they place them where the composer wants them). Stuart has been recording Pisaro's pieces for five years, finding in them the inspiration to create vast environments of tiny yet distinct sounds (one long-form piece, Ricefall, comprises 64 tracks of dry rice falling on various objects) framed by palpable silences. A Transparent Gate With Six Panels, which Pisaro developed specifically for Stuart, superimposes live performance on triangle, woodblocks, crotales, and a Tibetan bell over an eight-channel recording of the same instruments. —Bill Meyer

Price: $7

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