ALVIN CURRAN

Up And Coming

photo of Japanese acoustic locators thanks to Douglas Self

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all unattributed photos are by Susan Levenstein

LATEST AND UPCOMING...

November 27, 2016 - Endangered Species, or The Alvin Curran Fakebook, solo concert for the Romaeuropa Festival. French Academy, Villa Medici, Rome - 5.00-9.00 pm - € 10 - € 15

December 17, 2016 - performance at Con Edith: Allegro Feroce, Via del Corallo 29, Rome


photo Dino Ignani

January 23, 2017 - Lecture at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan, on Cardew/ AMM/MEV and beyond

January 27, 2017 - Concert, "Dal Alvin Curran Fake Book," with Sergio Amaroli, Alipio Neto, Giancarlo Schiaffini - Le Rane di Testaccio, Via Galvani 29, Rome, 9.00 pm

February 24, 2017 - solo concert "Aria di rigore," celebrating 40 years of Out Off - Teatro Out Off, Via Mac Mahon 16, 20155 Milan - 02 3453 2140 - 8.45 pm

March 8, 2017 - talk about sound and architecture as part of ATTRAVERSO LO SPECCHIO: Alfredo Pirri. I Pesci non portano fucili - MAXXI, via Guido Reni 4A, Rome - 4.30 pm - free entry

March, 2017 - Big Ears Festival Knoxville, Tennessee
- solo concert March 24 - 8 pm, on The Square Room
- concert with Musica Elettronica Viva March 25 - 3.30 pm, on The Mill & Mine

April-July 2017 - Irrawaddy Blues, web Radio work for Documenta 14

April 8-11, 2017 - workshop in Lucerne

May 19, 2017 - premiere in Bergamo: Concerto per vasca da bagno e orchestra - details to be announced

June 18, 2017 - performs at the Tectonics Festival, Athens - details to be announced

July 3-5, 2017 - on jury at Avellino Conservatory

Aug 22-24, 2017 - workshop for the Météo Festival, with concerts both solo and with Musica Elettronica Viva, Mulhouse, France - details to be announced

September, 2017 - concert for Giuseppe Chiari, Florence - details to be announced

September, 2017 - concerts for the CENTRO DE EXPERIMENTACIÓN TEMPORADA 2017 - Teatro Colon, Cerrito 628, Cdad. Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
- solo concert Sept 14 at 8.00 pm
- concert with Musica Elettronica Viva Sept 17 at 5.00 pm

November, 2017 - in Berlin for the DAAD

November, 2017 - jury, Sounds of Silences - an international competition of musical composition for the moving image

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016... back to top

through June 12, 2016 - sound installation Tuba Sospeso at the Palazzo Chigi, Siena as part of the Ricordanze exhibition

 

through February 22, 2016 - sound installation, Concerto Preistorico, Palazzo Tupputi, Via Cardinale dell'Olio - Bisceglie

March 24, 2016 - solo performance in concert - double-billed with The Necks - Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, Whitney Museum, New York- 8 pm

At Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Ian Douglas

April 17, 2016 - performance on shofar and electronics, stazione Ospedale of the Brescia Metropolitana, Brescia - 6.30 pm

April 23, 2016 - concert with Jon Rose, with performances by Mike Cooper and Amy Denio - Angelo Mai - Via delle terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome - 10.00 pm. Entire concert on video.

April 27-30, 2016 - Workshop on Improvisation Mixtur 2016: Musics Without Borders - Festival Mixtur 2016

April 30, 2016 - final concert of improvisation workshop. Espai Erre. c/ Avila 124, Barcelona - 12.00 noon

April 30, 2016 - "jam session" with Agustí Fernandez and Ivo Sans. Espai Erre. c/Avila 124, Barcelona - 10.30 pm

May 8, 2016 - Musique Sans Frontières at Ilan Volkov's Tectonics Festival - for brass bands, bagpipes, saxophones, choirs and orchestra - City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow - 6.15 pm - "A hard act to follow" "We loved being in it!! Such a vibe!" "arresting and fresh" "wildly entertaining"


photo Glasgow Punter

May 12, 2016 - conduction of IATO Orchestra - Angelo Mai - Via delle terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome - 10.00 pm

May 22, 2016 - Musica Elettronica Viva concert for the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, near Montreal. Colisée Desjardins, 400, boulevard Jutras Est, Victoriaville, QC - 10.00 pm. "Wisdom, lucidity, experience, taste, a certain refinement" - Alain Brunet "A beautiful unfolding of musical ideas" - Mike Chamberlain "In perfect mastery of their art" - Éloïse Lara Desrochers and Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour


photo Martin Morisset

May 27, 2016 - Musica Elettronica Viva concert with special guest Pauline Oliveros: Symphony 106 (The River) for the Angelica Festival - Centro di Ricerca Musicale / Teatro San Leonardo, Via San Vitale, 63, Bologna - 9.30 pm (roundtable 5.30 pm) - "a spider's web of thoughtful sound" - Giampiero Cane (Il Manifesto)

June 3, 2016 - Musica Elettronica Viva concert, Auditorium Pollini, Via Cassan 17, Padua, 8.30 pm

July 8 - August 31, 2016 - Tuba Sospesa, sound installation in a cave, as part of Chigiana radioarte, Sound in Space, curated by inner room's Federico Fusi. Santa Maria della Scala, Piazza del Duomo 2, Siena - open 10 am to 8 pm daily.

July 19-29, 2016 - composition workshop San Marino, organized by Nicolas Isherwood

July 30, 2016 - solo concert for Lugocontemporanea and Area Sismica - Chiostro del Monte, Lugo - 9 pm

September 14, 2016 - solo concert TransDadaExpress for Roma Poesia della parola festival - Via del Mandrione 451, Rome, 9.00 pm

September 18, 2016 - intervento for the closing of M.A.S. - Via dello Statuto at Piazza Vittorio - 6.00 pm


photo Mike Cooper

September 25, 2016 - Maritime Rites (Riti Marittimi) for the Romaeuropa Festival, Laghetto of the Villa Borghese park, Rome - 12 noon. "All around stood hundreds of people ravished and moved for a magical moment outside their daily life" - Mario Martone Excerpts on video. Other video.


photo thanks to roma2oggi

October 12, 2016 - duo concert with Massimo Pupillo - Cafe Oto - 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London tel 020 7923 1231 - 8.00 pm

October 20, 2016 - concert: Orchestral works by AC, Frederic Rzewski, and Richard Teitelbaum, and an improv performance by MEV - FILHARMONIE BRNO - BESEDNI DUM, Komenskeho namesti 534/8, Brno, Czech Republic. Tel: 539 092 811 - 7.30 pm


photo Toth Pal

November, 2016 - MEV North American tour
- Nov 3 concert - Wave Equation series, Western Front, 303 E 8th Ave, Vancouver - 8 pm
- Nov 5 concert for the Wayward Music Series - Chapel Performance Space, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, Seattle - 8 pm
- Nov 9 concert - Roy and Edna Disney/Calarts Theater - Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex - 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, tel 213 237-2800 - 8.30 pm $12-$25
- Nov 13 - National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St., Brooklyn - 6.00 pm


photo Yoshiko Chuma

November 14-20, 2016 - residency at Mills College, Oakland
- Nov 17 lecture open to the public, Littlefield Concert Hall, 7:30 pm


- Nov 19 concert, Littlefield Concert Hall, 8:00 pm. Video, complete.


- Nov 20 - live interview and tape concert with Charles Amirkhanian, in Other Minds' The Nature of Music concert series, The David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 100 Berkeley, CA , tel 510.809.0900 - 7 to 9 pm - "[The audience] sat in rapt attention stunned by the audacity of the composer’s visions . . . a lovely evening with a true master musician" - Allan Cronin


photos Allan Cronin, Richard Friedman

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2015... back to top

January 18, 2015 - Gabriella Smart plays Inner Cities complete for the Mona Foma festival in Hobart, Tasmania - 8.00 am - 1.00 pm at the Baha'i Centre

January 18, 2015 - Maritime Rites Hobart at the Mona Foma festival - 4.00 pm - Ticket holder viewing area:  PW1, public viewing area: IMAS. "Sidesplitting and magnificent" - Kate Hennessy (ABC Arts)




photos MONA/Remi Chauvin

with Army percussionists, courtesy Sean O'Toole

March 4 to April 2, 2015 - Alvin Curran Fakebook (a draft) and Living Room Music video (with Theo Eshetu) exhibited in Drawing Towards Sound: Visualising The Sonic, curated by David Ryan. Stephen Lawrence Gallery Project Space, University of Greenwich Galleries,Old Royal Naval College, 30 Park Row, London, tel. +44 20 8331 8260. Open 10 - 5 Mon.- Fri.; 11 - 4 Sat.

March 27, 2015 - Maritime Rites on Tempe Town Lake, Phoenix, Arizona, with 100 musicians on boats - 3:30 - 5 pm. Viewing area: Tempe Beach Park

March 29, 2015 - keynote speaker at Balance-Unbalance 2015: Water, Climate, Place – Reimagining Environments, Arizona State University, on panel with environmental artist Eve Mosher - 1:30-3 pm

April 7, 8, and 9, 2015 - premiere of music for actress Vita Accardi in Beckett's "Little is Left to Tell" and Claudio Damiani's "Endimione," Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell'Arte, Via del Collegio Romano 27, Rome - Sala Crociera - 7 pm. Watch complete video or excerpts of the Beckett.


photo Rocco Trevisiol

April 16, 2015 - duo performance with Jon Rose, Tectonics Festival (Ilan Volkov) - Nordic Lights Hall in Harpa Concert Hall, Austurbakki 2, Reykjavík, Iceland, phone +354 528 5000 - 10.00 pm

April 17, 2015 - Beams Reykjavik for orchestra and voices, with performers from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Iceland Symphony Youth Orchestra, and Iceland Academy of the Arts for the Tectonics Festival - foyer, Harpa Concert Hall - 7.00 pm. Excerpts on video.



May 6, 2015 - solo concert: The Alvin Curran Fakebook. F. Morlacchi Music Conservatory, Piazza Mariotti, 2, Perugia - Auditorium, 9.15 pm

May 7, 2015 - seminar: "Open-source composition and electroacoustic improvisation" - Morlacchi Conservatory, Perugia - Aula 23, 10.30-12.30 am / 2.30-4.30 pm

May 24, 2015 - opening of sound installation for Maryanne Amacher, Hello, How Are You?, TONSPUR_passage, quartier_21, Museumsquartier, Museumsplatz 1/5, Vienna, 5.00 pm

May 25 through August 22, 2015 - Hello, How Are You? open to the public, 10 am to 8 pm

May 30, 2015- performs with Orkestra AngelicA in Chris Cutler's “The Nature Theatre of Nowhere” for the AngelicA Festival, tel. 051 240310. Teatro San Leonardo, Via San Vitale, 63, Bologna - 9.30 pm, €8

June 11, 2015 - plays in Paula Matthusen's house concert, American Academy in Rome

July 4, 2015 - encounter with Ars Ludi for "Made in Italy 3X1" - Associazione Culturale Dello Scompiglio, Via di Vorno, 67 – Vorno, Capannori (LUCCA) panel discussion 6.00 pm, concert 7.30 pm - €12/€7

July 8, 2015 - keynote address at conference on Music-Dance: Sound and Motion in Contemporary Discourse and Practice, Fondazione Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice- tel. +39 041 2710220 - 6:00 pm

July 14, 2015 - Maritime Rites concert for shiphorns on ships, ending the Palermo Per Kantor festival and marking the opening of the 391st Festino di Santa Rosalia - Port of Palermo, Banchina Piave - 6:00 pm. Video.

July 28 - September 13, 2015 - Gardening With John installation sponsored by Zerynthia as part of Brera In Contemporanea: Accademia Aperta - Orto Botanico, Milano - opening July 28 at 12.00 noon


photos Antonio Maniscalco

August 27 to September 27, 2015 - Tuba Sospesa, a sound installation produced by inner room, via G. Di Mannaia, 15 Z.a.Toselli/Siena, open Monday-Saturday 10-1 and 3-7 tel: 0577 43160 - www.inner-room.org - innerroom1@gmail.com

September 11, 2015 - "Passi" concert-installation: the real-time creation of an artwork by artist Alfredo Pirri and audience, to a live soundtrack by AC and stomped-on glass - Museo Novecento, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Florence, 9.00 pm. Video by the Museum (in Italian).


photos and video Susan Levenstein  

September 19 to 27, 2015 - workshop for the KlangKunstBühne International Summer Academ, Universität der Künste Berlin. Final show Saturday Sept 26, UdK Berlin . Fasanenstraße 1B, 7.00 pm - free entry. Video by Ira Schneider.


photo Stephen Bradshaw

October 11, 2015 - “Lo spazio diventa spartito” concert-installation sponsored by inner room as the final concert of the Settimana del Contemporaneo - for four brass marching bands converging on the Piazza del Campo, Siena - 5.30 pm

October 16, 2015 - The alvin curran fakebook goes on sale!

October 18, 2015 - premiere of THE BOOK OF BEGINNINGS for orchestra, youth orchestra, two self-playing pianos, and smartphone app, at the Donaueschingen Musiktage festival - Baarsporthalle, Donaueschingen, Germany - 5.00 pm. Brief video with interview (in English). Brief video from the point of view of the youth orchestra. Listen to entire piece online.

November 1, 2015 - Prehistoric concert premiering Prehistory 1.0 and Prehistory 1.1, in collaboration with RAM radioartemobile, as part of the Casa Futura Pietra series of events - Dolmen la Chianca, Bisceglie, Puglia, 9.00 am



 

video Antonio Trimani

November 14, 2015 - round table followed by solo concert as part of the event AER American Electronics in Rome: 50 Years of Electronic Music at the American Academy in Rome, Villa Aurelia, Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1 - 5.00pm

November 15, 2015 - Daan Vandewalle plays Inner Cities complete for music on main, The Roundhouse, 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver - 3:00-7.30 pm , free entry

November 22, 2015 - solo concert for the V Festival Musica Contemporanea Italiana, area sismica, Forlì - Via Le Selve, 23 - 6.00 pm

November 24, 2015 - opening of the sound installation MEV's Glass Piano as part of the Visitazioni Festival (open until December 5th Tues-Sat 3.00-7.00 pm) - Sala Santa Rita, Via Montanara, near Piazza Campitelli - 7.00 pm


December 14, 2015 - Beams 2 with SMUG - Ensemble On-Off, in collaboration with the University of Padova Students' Art Center - Auditorium Pollini, Via Carlo Cassan, 17, Padova - 6.30 pm, free entry

December 15, 2015 - solo concert - Auditorium Pollini, Via Carlo Cassan, 17, Padova - 8.30 pm, tickets €5/€10/€12, reservations at press@centrodarte.it

 

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2014... back to top

February 28, 2014 - L’improvvisazione non si improvvisa, a performance with Giancarlo Schiaffino and Alípio Carvalho Neto, in the “Anni 70. Arte a Roma” exhibition spaces of the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, Rome, 7.00 pm

March 12-15, 2014 - with the Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Walker Arts Center in St. Paul, Missouri

March 19, 2014 - lecture: The New Common Practice: A Life in Unpopular Music, Danforth Lecture Hall, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, 7.00 pm

March 28, 2014 - The Alvin Curran Fakebook, duo concert with Willie Winant at the Center for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco - (415) 275-2466 - "Melodic, chaotic, incandescent, brilliant" - Geeta Dayal

April 1, 2014 - BEAMS: a collaborative performance with the Molissa Fenley Dancers, Mills College Art Museum, Oakland - 5.00 pm & 6.30 pm . Watch video of entire piece.

April 8 and 9, 2014 - classes at U.C. Berkeley and Mills College

April 11, 2014 - The Alvin Curran Fakebook, solo concert at Berkeley Art Museum, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, California, 510-642-0808, 7.30 pm

April 24, 2014 - Giornata Domenico Guaccero, Aula Riccardo Bianchini, Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, sponsored by RadioCEMAT. Listen (minute 58).

April 30, 2014 - concert with Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber, and Burkhard Stangl as part of MusikKultur, +43 (0) 5352/ 61 284, Alte Gerberei, St. Johann in Tirol, Austria, 8.00 pm

May 1, 2014 - concert with Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber, and Burkhard Stangl as part of Ulrichsberger Kaleidophon 2014, Jazzatelier, +43(0)72886301, Badergasse 2, 4161 Ulrichsberg, Austria, 11.00 pm. Watch part of it on video...

May 2, 2014 - concert with Joëlle Léandre, Urs Leimgruber, Burkhard Stangl, and the Peter Schärli Trio with Glenn Ferris, Porgy & Bess, Riemergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, Austria, +43 1 512 88 11, 8.30 pm

May 8, 2014 - performance/lecture, "The World Is My Mother Tongue," as part of the series Dimore dei Suoni by the Laboratory of Sound Theatre, curated by Valentina Valentini and produced by Laura Palmieri, RAI Sala A Auditorium, Via Asiago 10, Rome, 9.00 pm (to be broadcast on RAI Radio 3 in November 2014)

June 20, 2014 - "Procession - Maritime Rites Bonn" for winds, percussion and live electronics concludes a city-wide concert in Bonn as part of the Bonn Hoeren Festival - 6.00 pm Münsterplatz, 6.30 on the bank of the Rhine (Alten Zoll). Video:

Maritime Rites excerpts run from 15.32 to 21.25 

photos Camilla Hoitenga, Susan Levenstein

June 27, 2014 - with Trisha Brown Dance Company at the Fisher Center, Bard College - 7:30pm (followed by a discussion with the artists)

June 28, 2014 - with theTrisha Brown Dance Company at the Fisher Center, Bard College - 2.00 pm (pre-performance conversation at 1pm) and 7.30 pm

July, 2014 - with theTrisha Brown Dance Company in Ravenna

August 8, 2014 - with Joëlle Léandre, Fred Frith, and Urs Leimgruber (the MMM Quartet) at Jazz Em Agosto, in the Gulbenkian Foundation's Open Air Amphitheatre, Lisbon, 9.30 pm. "One of the best concerts in the festival, intense from the first second to the last, whether in gentle moments or in fiery passages" - David Cristol, Jazz Magazine - Jazzman

photo Márcia Lessa

September 14, 2014 - concert in the Ex cartiera latina, Via Appia Antica 42, Rome - 10.00 pm

October 1, 2014 - MIT Libraries' Composer Forum talk, "Music Outside the Concert Halls," Lewis Music Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass - 5.00 pm (reception follows at 6.00). Free, open to the public.

October 3, 2014 - lecture at the Berklee School of Music Electronic Production and Design Department in Boston, followed by performance with Neil Leonard

October 9, 2014 - The Flexible Orchestra premieres Viola Voilà, in memory of Joan Kalisch, in the presence of the composer, at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant, 140 2nd Avenue at 9th St., New York, tel. 212-614-3283. 8.00 pm. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2

October 29, 2014 - Giordano ReMix: talk, “Music outside the Concert Halls,” Umberto Giordano Conservatory auditorium - Piazza Vincenzo Nigri 13, Foggia - Tel. 0881 723668/773467 - 3.00 pm

October 29, 2014 - Giordano ReMix: concert Umberto Giordano Conservatory auditorium - Piazza Vincenzo Nigri 13, Foggia - Tel. 0881 723668/773467 - follows an award presentation at 7.00 pm

November 6, 2014 - event for Renato Nicolini, "Meraviglioso Urbano," Palladium Theater, piazza Bartolomeo Romano, 8, Rome, 9.00 pm

November 9, 2014 - Slow Talk #5 about Inner Cities - Kamermuziekzaal, Concertgebouw, Bruges, 10.00 am, €7

November 9, 2014 - Daan Vandewalle plays Inner Cities complete for the Slow Festival, Kamermuziekzaal, Concertgebouw, Bruges, Belgium, 1.30-7.30 pm, €12

November 23, 2014 - concert with Ossatura at Rialto S. Ambrogio, Via di Sant'Ambrogio, 4, Rome, 10.00 pm - free

November 28, 2014 - talk for SpazioAereo at Palazzetto Tito > Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Dorsoduro 2826, Venice, 3.00 pm

November 28, 2014 - workshop/master class, SpazioAereo, Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico di Venezia, Via delle Industrie 27/5, Marghera, Venice - 5.00-9.00 pm

November 29, 2014 - concert, From the Book of Beginnings, SpazioAereo, Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico di Venezia, Via delle Industrie 27/5, Marghera, Venice, 9.30 pm

December 6, 2014 - performance with Paolo Buggiani, "Il Minotauro e Alvin Curran," at the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz, Via Prenestina, 913, Rome.

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2013 back to top

January 21, 2013 - talk on RAI Nettuno TV (Sky 812), 1.00 pm - available for streaming

January 25, 2013 - solo concert, "The Alvin Curran Fake Book" - at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. (917) 267-0363. 8:00 pm - $15 / $10

January 30 - February 2, 2013 - performs in I'm Going to Toss My Arms - If you Catch them, They're Yours with the Trisha Brown Dance Company - Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York - 7.30 pm daily - $16 - $40

February 7, 2013 - presentation of the book Drammaturgie sonore: Teatri del secondo Novecento, ed. Valentina Valentini (Bulzoni publisher), with chapter by AC, at the Casa delle Letterature, Piazza dell'Orologio, 3, Rome, tel. +39 06.68134697 - 6 pm - 8 pm

February 9-13, 2013 - performs in For M.G. with the Lyons Opera Ballet - Opéra de Lyon - Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon - Tél : 0826 305 325

February 15-17, 2013 - performs in I'm Going to Toss My Arms - If you Catch them, They're Yours with the Trisha Brown Dance Company - Opéra de Lyon - Place de la Comédie - 69001 Lyon - Tél : 0826 305 325

February 28 - April 27, 2013 - sound installation in camere #18: Intese exhibition with Maurizio Mochetti and Alfredo Pirri, at Zerynthia's radioartemobile, Via Conte Verde 15, Rome, tel. 06 44704249 - open Tues-Sat, 4:30-7:30 pm

March 3-5, 2013 - mini-residency, Department of Electronic Music Composition, Birmingham Conservatoire.

March 5, 2013 - concert of solo performance and chamber works as part of Frontiers Plus Festival, Recital Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, Birmingham City University, Paradise Place, Birmingham, Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5901 - 8.30 pm

March 14, 2013 - solo concert as part of the Subtropics Festival, Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach - 7.00 pm


photos Steve Malagodi, Susan Levenstein

March 20, 2013 - conducts the Iato Orchestra at the Angelo Mai Altrove, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome – tel 329 4481 358 - 9.30 pm



photos Christian Rizzo

March 27, 2013 - "Narrenschiff," a performance with Alipio C Neto (tenor and soprano sax), Roberto Bellatalla (bass), and Marco Ariano (percussion) at the Teatro Tor di Nona, Via degli Acquasparta 16, Rome – tel 06 6880 5890 – 9.30 pm. Entire performance on video.

April 17, 2013 - "Probabilmente Tondo," performance with Vita Accardi and Andrea Levialdi Ghiro as part of the Festa d’Artisti by the visual magazine A.R.I.A. (Artisti Romani in Assemblea) at the -1 art gallery, Acquario, Piazza Manfredo Fanti 47, Rome, Tel. 06 97604598, 97604580 - 10.00 pm. Entire performance on video.


photo Lim

June 12-16, 2013- Gardening With John installation at Janacek's house in Brno

August 11, 2013 - premiere of Way Out Back by the Decibel Ensemble at the keynote concert of the International Computer Music Conference - Hackett Hall, Western Australian Museum, Perth Cultural Centre, James Street, Perth, Australia - 7.00 pm

August 12, 2013 - keynote speaker at the International Computer Music Conference - Perth - 11.00 am

August 17, 2013 - Maritime Rites solo concert, B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle, Australia - 3.00 pm

August 18, 2013 - Beams, performed by 35 musicians in the B Shed, Victoria Quay, Fremantle - 3.00 pm





Beams 2, Fremantle 2013 (excerpts). Video by Susan Levenstein (11:20)

August 23, 2013 - Oh Man Oh Mankind Oh Yeah for large chorus, instrumental ensemble, and shofar. Bonython Hall, North Terrace, University of Adelaide, Adelaide 7.00 pm. Video.


Photos Mark Patterson

August 23, 2013 - concert: Rose of Beans 2 for chamber ensemble, and solo performance of The Alvin Curran Fakebook, Bonython Hall, Adelaide, 8.30 pm

August 24, 2013 - Public Forum with Brian Ritchie (Artistic Director of MONA FOMA), Bonython Hall, Adelaide, 2 pm

August 24, 2013 - Inner Cities I-XI played by Gabriella Smart, Bonython Hall, Adelaide, 3.00-8.30 pm. Brief video.


Photos Susan Levenstein, Mark Patterson

August 28, 2013 - Inner Cities I-XI played by Gabriella Smart at the Religious Centre, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton, Victoria, 11.00 am - 4.30 pm

August 29, 2013 - speaks at Warren Burt's composition class, Box Hill Institute, 1000 Whitehorse Road, Melbourne - Building W2, Room G04 - 12.30-2.00

August 29, 2013 - speaks at Prof. Thomas Reiner's composition seminar/workshop Monash - 3.00-5.00 pm

August 31, 2013 - concert with Jon Rose, Col Fulhur, and Robbie Avenaim, produced by the Sydney Improvised Music Association, at The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Sydney, 8.30 pm

September 1, 2013 - Inner Cities I-XI played by Gabriella Smart in Sydney - 2.00-7.30 pm

September 25, 2013 - solo concert, Cartoline Romane, in the garden of Villa Medici (the French Academy),Viale della Trinità dei Monti, 1, Rome, invited by David Sanson as part of Teatro delle Esposizioni #4. Free entry, 8.30 pm

September 28, 2013 - solo concert at MINIERE SONORE - Oristano, Sardinia - Teatro Antonio Garau, Via Parpaglia, tel. 0783 78886. Free entry, 10.00 pm

October 5, 2013 - in Nuit Blanche, Paris, produced by radioartemobile

October - December 2013 - graphic score for Boletus Edulis exhibited in the Hunter's Moon Score Trail 2013, curated by Caroline and Jennifer Walshe in Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland

November 14, 2013 - Maritime Rites: concert for shiphorns, sampler, and brass bands on land and sea, opening the Tage für Neue Musik - Bürkliplatz, Zurich, 5.00 pm


painting by Noah Seraphin Felsing

November 27, 2013 - panel discussion sponsored by Nuova Consonanza on the occasion of the presentation of Giovanni Guaccero's book, "L’improvvisazione nelle avanguardie musicali [improvisation in the musical avant-garde]. Roma, 1965-1978" -Sala Casella, Giardini dell'Accademia Filarmonica Romana - Via Flaminia, 118, Rome - 6.00 pm

December 7, 2013 - "Symphony 104 - The Berlin," concert with Musica Elettronica Viva as part of the DAAD's 50-year Jubilee celebration - Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin - info 030–20220820 - 10.00 pm. To be broadcast on Deutschlandradio Kultur at 5 minutes past midnight on the night between 12 and 13 December 2013 (click on the arrow under "Jetzt im Radio")

December 12, 2013, conducts the IATO orchestra at the Angelo Mai Altrove, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome – tel 329 4481 358 - 9.30 pm


photo Rachele Gigli

December 13, 2013 - concert with Musica Elettronica Viva, Cafe Oto, 18-22 Ashwin St, Dalston, London tel 020 7923 1231, 8.00 pm. "A subtle master class in improvisation" - Geoff Winston (London Jazz News)

December 16, 2013 - sound installation, "Palchi Irreali," as part of Enzo Cosimi's MY_DAY MAY_ DAY - in the boxes of the Teatro Argentina, Largo di Torre Argentina, 52, Rome, tel. 06 684 00 03 11 - 8.00-9.30 pm. excerpt from 7:13-8:37

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2012 back to top

January, 2012 - Painted Songs, an exhibit of of artworks on paper and canvas by the late Edith Schloss with AC collaboration. Casa delle Letterature, Piazza dell'Orologio, 3, Rome, tel. +39 06.68134697. "Vernissage" December 21, 2011, with musical performance at 7:30 pm. "Embrace the astral body of beauty!" - Dionys. See video.

January 31, 2012 - "finissage" of Painted Songs, with performance by AC and films with/about Edith, 6:30-9 pm. See video by Simone Carella and Areta Gambaro.


February 17 to May 6, 2012 (opening Feb 16, 7:00 pm) - Gardening with John as part of Membra Disjecta for John Cage - freiraum quarterier21 INTERNATIONAL, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm daily. Video.

February 23, 2012 - Composition colloqium at Princeton, Music Department, Room 102, Woolworth Center, 4:30 pm

February 27, 2012 - Composition seminar at Harvard

February 28, 2012 - Louis C. Elson Lecture, "The New Common Practice, or, A Life in Unpopular Music." John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, Harvard University, Cambridge, 5:15 pm. "It’s captivating to surrender to Curran’s creativity, his enthusiasm—and frankly, his ear for sheer beauty" - Matthew Guerrieri

February 29, 2012 - Schtyx played in concert by the Callithumpian Consort at Brown Hall, New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue Boston, Massachusetts 02115, (617) 585-1260, 8:00 pm - free entry

Mar 1, 2012 - Seminar at Harvard (music and politics), 1.00-3.00 pm

March 2, 2012 - Piano seminar at New England Conservatory, 10:00 am

March 2, 2012 - Solo concert - "The Alvin Curran Fake Book" - sponsored by Non-Event at the Goethe-Institut, 170 Beacon Street, Boston 617.262.6050, 8:00 p.m. / $15 general admission/$12 students

photo Daniel Fradkin

March 8, 2012 - Inner Cities complete, concert by Daan Vandewalle at the Brno International Musical Festival, Czech Republic - Besedni dum, Concert Hall, 6:00 pm

March 9, 2012 - concert in Brno with Richard Teitelbaum and Ralph Samuelson at the Brno International Musical Festival, Besedni dum Concert Hall 7:00 pm

March 11, 2012 - concert in Vienna with Richard Teitelbaum and Ralph Samuelson: "Tribute to John Cage," echoraum, Sechshauser Straße 66, Vienna, 8:00 pm

April 12, 2012 - Inner Cities complete played by Daan Vandewalle at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, midnight April 12 to 6:00 am April 13

April 28 - May 13, 2012 - premiere of Gardening with John 2, as part of Sounding City in the Flanders Festival. Onthaal Budalounge, Kapucijnenstraat 10, Kortrijk, Belgium. Saturdays 2:00-7:00 pm, Sundays 2:00-6:00 pm. "Among my this year’s most pleasant experiences" - Harold Schellinx

May 25 - August 20, 2012 - Gardening with John at the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Poupetova 1, Prague 7, Metro C: Nadrazi Holesovice. Open 11.00 am – 6.00 pm except Tuesdays - phone: +420 295 568 123

June 2 and 3, 2012 - Oh Brass on the Grass Alas, historic center and Serralves Foundation Park, Oporto, Portugal, in "Serralves em Festa." 4:00 pm

June 3, 2012 - Solo concert in "Serralves em Festa," Casa de Serralves, Oporto, Portugal. 8:30 pm

June 21, 2012 - Maritime Rites Central Park as part of "Make Music New York"- with the bands of West Point and Montclair College in rowboats - 5.00-6.00 pm; Central Park Lake, Manhattan. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2 excerpt 3 excerpt 4 excerpt 5








photos Kathy Brew, Hugh Burckhardt, Eric Garcia, Anne Maxwell, Torin Olsen, Dan Rosenblum, Megan Szymanski


Maritime Rites New York (excerpts), video by Susan Levenstein

June 25, 2012 - blows shofar as contribution to Alfredo Pirri's opening at the Galleria Guidi, Corso Vittorio Emmanuele 284, Rome

June 2012 - Gardening with John in Bratislava

July 1, 2012 - Riti Marittimi: Floating With John, concert for the Teatro Valle Occupato. On the Laghetto of Villa Borghese, 5.00 pm.




photos Mariateresa Barbieri and Francesco Petretti


Riti Marittimi (excerpts), video by Jacob Burckhardt and Susan Levenstein

July 19 - October 31, 2012 - Sound installation Maritime Rites 4:33, in Forte Piano: Le Forme del Suono (Part II), curated by Achille Bonito Oliva. Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome. Opening Thursday July 19, 7 pm. Free entry 11 am - 8 pm every day

August 17, 2012 - Proms Plus Intro roundtable on John Cage, with broadcaster Ivan Hewett, presented by Martin Handley. Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London. 5.00 pm

August 17, 2012 - Sound installation piece DJ Albert Spins Cage and Cardew as part of the BBC Proms Music Walk in London, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm - free, but reservations required. (download all the pieces.)

August 26, 2012 - performs John Cage's Empty Words at the Kolumba-Museum, Kolumbastraße 4, Cologne, 12 noon to 8.00 pm.

September 28, 2012 - Premiere of Symphony 1.1 by the orchestra of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, sponsored by the centocage festival. San Petronio, Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, 9.00 pm. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2

September 29, 2012 - Smistamenti generali for band, chorus, and soloists, sponsored by the centocage festival. Piazza Maggiore and San Petronio, Bologna, 12.00 noon. Listen to excerpt

October 2-5, 2012 - with Musica Elettronica Viva in residence at Bard College
- Tues Oct 2 informal piano concert, Blum Hall, 6.40 pm
- Weds Oct 3 "Talk with MEV," moderated by Marina Rosenfeld, Blum Hall, 6.30 pm
- Thurs Oct 4 MEV concert, Olin Auditorium, 8.00 pm

October 6, 2012 - Musica Elettronica Viva concert at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York City, (212) 255-5793 - 8.00 pm. "What was shocking was not how “random” all this sounded but how considered and musical "

October 24, 2012 - conducts Ottobre (Iato) Orchestra in the premiere of Never Say Never, at Angelo Mai Altrove, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome – tel 329 4481 358 - 9.30 pm. "Strange and magical euphony." Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2

November 2, 2012 - piano concert for The Piano Hour series, with Andrea Allulli. Sala Vanni, Piazza del Carmine 14, Florence - 9.15 pm. "The most beautiful sensation is never knowing where he's going to take you."

photo Eleonora Birardi

December 4, 2012 - conducts the Iato Orchestra at the Angelo Mai Altrove, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla 55a, Rome – tel 329 4481 358 - 9.30 pm.

December 19, 2012 - solo performance, "The Alvin Curran Fake Book," at the finissage of Cover Art: covers for Wanted in Rome, in memory of Edith Schloss at TRAleVOLTE, Piazza di Porta San Giovanni, 10, Roma, tel. 06 70491663, pm

December 23, 2012 - sounds in Cagean mix #3, an installation produced by Ear to the Earth and MA.P.S as part of 100 x JOHN: A GLOBAL SALUTE TO JOHN CAGE IN SOUND AND IMAGE- White Box, 329 Broome Street, New York, 5 - 10 pm

CURRAN EVENTS IN 2011...back to top

January 4, 2011 - Premiere of the radio piece, "A Naar Mit a Car in America," a studio variant of "On Hearing The Brooklyn Bridge Sing In Yiddish." Streamed from the Südwestrundfunk 11 pm - midnight European time (5 - 6 pm EST).

January 14, 2011 - book launch, Daniela Tortora's Alvin Curran: Live in Roma, with Prof. Tortora, Eleonora Ludovici, and Nicola Sani, organized by Prof. Valentina Valentini at her Laboratorio di Drammaturgia Sonora, "La Sapienza" University of Rome - Aula Levi, Via dei Volsci 122, 5.30 pm.

January 2011 - The bilingual English/Italian book Alvin Curran: Live in Roma, edited by Daniela Tortora and with text by Tortora, Eleonora Ludovici, David Bernstein, and A.C., is now available in the USA from Forced Exposure, in Italy from FNAC, and in the rest of the world from the publisher, Die Schachtel.

January 21, 2011 - concert for Ultraschall festival, Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstraße 33, 10243 Berlin.Tel: 030 / 288 788 50. 10.30 pm

March 11, 2011 - lecture at New England Conservatory of Music

March 15, 2011 - concerts at The Stone, New York - avenue C and 2nd street, Essex St. subway - 8 pm solo, 10 pm with Elliott Sharp

March 16-19 and 22-26, 2011 - Revival of Trisha Brown's For M.G. - music by Curran including himself live on piano. Dance Theater Workshop, 219 W 19th Street, New York, 7:30pm. Before the opening on March 16th: Coffee and Conversation at 6:30pm. Tickets online; info 212.924.0077. Watch video (at minute 24:40).

March 20, 2011 - "Music for Merce" concert sponsored by the Music Committee of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Roulette, 20 Greene Street New York. Info 212-291-8242; 8:30pm

March 22, 2011 - lecture at Columbia University, New York

March 24, 2011 - lecture at Cooper Union, New York

April 12, 2011- “Palermo Sonic Graffiti” - concert with Domenico Sciajno, sponsored by Associazione Siciliana Amici della musica - - Politeama Garibaldi, 9:15 pm

April 20, 2011 - "The Future of Music" lecture for the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz - Hochschule für Musik, Roter Saal (00-315), Hochschule für Musik, Jakob-Welder-Weg 28, Mainz- 7:30 pm

April 29, 2011 - "Chiari ossia dj Beppe meets King Kong da Beethoven" - solo concert at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, following the opening of an exhibition on Giuseppe Chiari - Teatro Studio, 9.00 pm - Tickets online or at 892982

May 7, 2011 - Inner Cities XXL piano cycle played by Daan Vandewalle in the marathon concert "Alterminimalismes 3" at the Collège des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris - info tel. 01 53107444 - Métro Maubert-Mutualité, Cardinal Lemoine - 2:30 pm - 10 pm

April - October 2011 - Media Convergence fellowship, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, and composer in residence, Hochschule für Musik, Mainz

June 30, 2011 - concert with Domenico Sciajno and others ("Alvin Curran and Friends") in the Black Box of the Hochschule für Musik, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Jakob-Welder-Weg 28, Mainz. 7:30 pm. Tel 06131-3928009

Recording the Pink Puffers with Theo Eshetu at the Circus Maximus. Photo Ron Bunzl. See video.

July 13, 2011 - premiere of Choral Reefs, violin and piano version, by Marc Sabat and Stephen Clarke at the Museo Casa Scelsi, Via San Teodoro 8, Rome - 9 pm, by invitation only

July 19 to Oct 16, 2011 - Rhinestones / Bigiotteria, sound installation created with Luca Spagnoletti and produced by Peter Kiefer as part of the Klanginstallation BUGA 2011 series at the Bundesgartenschau, kurfürstlichen Schloss, Koblenz, Germany.

Sept. 11, 2011 - Inner Cities complete played by Daan Vandewalle at the GERGIEV festival in Rotterdam - LP 2 in Las Palmas, Wilhelminapier - 12:30 – 5:00 pm - free entry

Sept 14, 2011 - premiere of Hoe Sow Till Mulch for large instrumental and vocal ensemble as part of the hörMal afternoon of Spektrum Villa Musica at the Bundesgartenschau, Koblenz, Germany - 4:00 pm, followed at 8:00 pm by the presentation, "Musik in der Natur," by Alvin Curran and Peter Kiefer, Ludwig Museum, Koblenz

Sept 29, 2011 - premiere of Circus Maximus, a work for 17 musicians and electronics, with live video by Theo Eshetu, commissioned by Integra for the Ars Nova Ensemble. Royal Conservatory of Music, Copenhagen Konservatoriets Koncertsal (Main Hall), Julius Thomsens Gade 1 - 7:30 pm; pre-concert talk 6:30 pm. Read program notes, listen to excerpt

Oct 5-14, 2011 - premiere of I'm Going to Toss My Arms - If you Catch them, They're Yours, for AC live with tape, with the Trisha Brown Dance Company: Création à Chaillot, Théâtre National de Chaillot, 1 place du Trocadéro 75116 Paris (M° Trocadéro) 01 53 65 30 00 Salle Jean Vilar 8:30 pm.

photo Laurent Phillippe

Oct 21-22, 2011 - in Rome with the Trisha Brown Dance Company as part of the RomaEuropa Festival, Teatro Olimpico, Piazza Gentile da Fabriano 17, tel. 06.32.65.991 - 8:30 pm, tickets €16 - €30.

Oct 28, 2011 - premiere of Rogues, for tape, with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, New York City Center ("Fall For Dance" Festival).

Nov 2011 - in and around Vancouver:

Nov 13 - Brass Mob Steals AC Fake Book, for large ensemble - Vancouver Public Library - 7:30 pm

photo Jacqueline Levitin

Nov 14 - improv workshop, New Orchestra Workshop Society 303 East 8th Ave, 4 - 6 and 7:30 - 9:30 pm. "It was a great privilege to partake in these few hours with a masterful musical storyteller." - Coat Cooke

Nov 17 - performance of choral piece - Open Space, 510 Fort Street, 2nd floor, Victoria - 8:00 pm

Nov 18 - solo concert: The Alvin Curran Fake Book - The Western Front 303 E 8th Ave - 8:30 pm. "A truly masterful display of technology, beautiful cinematic sensibility, love of the traditional American song and blinding love of spontaneous music making." - Coat Cooke Listen to excerpt.

December 1, 2011 - premiere of revised version of Circus Maximus by the Grup Instrumental de València, commissioned by Integra, with live video by Theo Eshetu, as part of the Moderna Música festival. Centro del Carmen, C/ Museo, n. 2, Valencia - 8:00 pm

CURRAN EVENTS IN 2010... back to top

January 7th, 2010 - A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT FOR GIACINTO SCELSI...1905-1988....blowing the shofar along with Mike Cooper, Luca Venitucci, Luca Tilli, Roberto Bellatalla, Fabrizio Spera and others - IL CANTIERE - VIA MODENA 95 - TRASTEVERE, Rome...21.30 until late.

January 30, 2010 - concert, Living Room Music, presented by Fondazione Musica per Roma in collaboration with Pino Saulo's Radio3 Battiti. With Sabina Meyer, Mike Cooper, and Paolo Ravaglia, and help from Luca Spagnoletti. “An event of crystalline uniqueness and beauty” - Antonio Pellicori Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, Teatro Studio, 9.00 pm

February 3-7, 2010 - Innominabile ("The Unnameable"), theater piece with Vita Accardi - text by Samuel Beckett, sets by Nunzio, music by AC - Sala Uno, Rome, P.zza di Porta S. Giovanni, 10 (Scala Santa) - Tel/Fax +39 06 89531154 - 9.00 pm Weds.-Sat., 6.00 pm Sunday. Listen to an excerpt. Watch a video trailer.

February 11, 2010 - Klangzeit concert, Münster, Kleines Haus der Städtischen Bühnen, Neubrückenstraße, 8.00 pm. Info and tickets: 0251 5909-100

February 24, 25, and 26, 2010 - Events, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome, 9.00 pm. Tickets: 892982.

April 9, 2010 - concert, La Città Del Teatro, Cascina (PI) - FOSFENI - “TRANSDADAEXPRESS IN SPACE," 10.00 pm

April 17, 2010 - concert in Llorenç Barber's festival ANEM ANEM: La festa de l'escolta. Casa de la Cultura, Gandia (Valencia), 10.30 pm.

April 28-29, 2010 - workshop in composition, with Walter Zimmerman, Berlin.

April 29, 2010 - lecture open to the public, "Music Outside the Concert Halls," UdK Berlin, Raum 310, Bundesallee 1-12, Berlin, 2.00 pm

April 30, 2010 - PRÄSENTATION XVIII talk, "Music Outside the Concert Halls," Blurred Edges festival. Pudel Salon, St.Pauli Fischmarkt 27, Hamburg, 8.00 pm.

May 1, 2010 - solo Endangered Species concert, Blurred Edges festival. Golden Pudel Klub, St.Pauli Fischmarkt 27, Hamburg, 7.00 pm. "The Blurred Edges avantgarde festival couldn't have chosen a better guest star than Alvin Curran." - Hamburger Abendblatt

May 2, 2010 - performance of VSTO string quartet at concert by Ensemble Resonanz, Blurred Edges festival. Fabrik im Gängeviertel, Valentinskamp 34a, Hamburg. Composers' introduction 7.30 pm, concert 8.00 pm.

May 4-5, 2010 - Mini-residency, Muthesius Academy of Art and Design, with Arnold Dreyblatt, Kiel

May 4, 2010 - lecture open to the public, "Music Outside the Concert Halls," Muthesius Kunsthochschule Aula, Lorentzendamm 6-8, Kiel, 8.30 pm

May 7, 2010 - concert at Les Instants Chavirés, 7 Rue Richard Lenoir 93100 Montreuil- Métro Robespierre, Paris. Tel: 01 42 87 25 91. 8.30 pm

June 19, 2010 - Maritime Rites Frankfurt, at the Holbeinsteg river park on both sides of the Main River (Städel Museum), Frankfurt am Main, 5.30 pm and 7.45 pm. TV newscast (in German)


July 14, 2010 - concert: Endangered Species. Sarzana (La Spezia), in the Sconfinando 2010 Festival. Fortezza Firmafede (Cittadella- Centro Storico, Piazza Matteotti), 11.00 pm

July 19-25, 2010 - TORZAM geht von ARMZOT bis ZAMTOR jeder RATZMO MARTOZ und TAMOZR, installation for the Mannheimer Mozartsommer, in the Baroque garden of the Schwetzingen palace, with computer realization by Luca Spagnoletti. Open 11.00 am - 7.00 pm daily - excerpt on video

October 18 -November 15, 2010 - residency at ZKM, Karlsrühe

November 1, 2010 - premiere of Roma, a film by Theo Eshetu with music by AC. Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, Viale Pietro De Coubertin, 10, 7:30 pm

November 5-7, 2010 - new version of Gardening With John 1.1 sound installation as part of Il Treno by RAM radioartemobile at Artissima 17, Zerynthia's STAND N. 5/ LIGHT BLUE, Lingotto Fiere-Torino

November 7, 2010 - hear Living Room Music at Nuova Consonanza's Festa d'Autunno, Villa Aurelia (American Academy), Largo di Porta San Pancrazio, 1, 8.00 - 11.00 pm

November 9, 2010 - Music Outside the Concert Halls (or: The Future of Music), fellowship lecture at the Johannes Gutenberg University,Atrium maximum, Alte Mensa, Johann-Joachim-Becher-Weg 5, Mainz, Germany, 11.00 am

November 13, 2010 - premiere of On Hearing the Brooklyn Bridge Sing in Yiddish, ARD Radio Days, Karlsrühe. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2

November 14, 2010 - Inner Cities complete concert, pianist Daan Vandewalle, including premiere of Inner Cities 14, November Music Festival, den Bosch, Holland, Verkadefabriek Filmzaal 4, Boschdijkstraat 45 - from noon until 5.00 pm

November 2010 - featured at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

- November 19 - Ear Training, Huddersfield Train Station, noon


- November 20 - panel discussion about John Cage, Huddersfield Art Gallery,10.00 am
- November 22 - Big Squeeze Long Stretch for 15 accordions, Worksetting Gallery, Byram Arcade, 6 pm. See video.


- November 24 - Take the Cage Train bis, Huddersfield Train Station 7.30 - end of route 9.15 pm


CURRAN EVENTS IN 2009... back to top

November, 2008 through February 1, 2009 - Shin far Shofar installation in the Aleph-Bet Project at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco (curated by John Zorn) Listen to excerpt 1.excerpt 2

January 11, 2009 - showing of films Organum Multiplum and Effetto Puglia: Travels with Alvin Curran, followed by performance of For Cornelius - Goethe-Institut Media Lounge, 5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Los Angeles, (323) 525-3388 - 11 am

January 12, 2009 - performance of Schtyx in American Originals Concert, Zipper Concert Hall, Colburn School of the Performing Arts, 200 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles - (310) 836-6632 - 8 pm

January 22, 2009 - concert at American Academy of Rome with Alter Ego and Ars Ludi, in collaboration with Contemporanea (Auditorium di Roma), Villa Aurelia, 9.00 pm

January 25, 2009 - shofar and electronics performance as part of the Day of Remembrance - synagogue of Ostia Antica

February 8, 2009 - concert as part of Audio Poverty festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Berlin, 3:00 pm

 

February 19, 2009 - performance as part of Il pugno di Boccioni, sponsored by the Museo del Louvre bookshop for Futurism's 100th birthday - Piazza Mattei, Rome, 10:30 pm

March 3, 2009 - lecture at composition seminar, Stanford University

March 4, 2009 - lecture at Danforth Hall, Mills College, Oakland (open to the public) - 7.30 pm

March 6, 2009 - lecture at composition seminar, U.C. Berkeley

March 8, 2009 - performance of VSTO (new version) by the Arditti Quartet, Mills College, Oakland. Concert Hall, 3:00 pm

March 12, 2009 - lecture at U.C. Santa Barbara Dept. of Music

March 13, 2009 - lecture at Calarts

March 15, 2009 - concert with William Winant: Shofar III, for shofar, keyboard, electronics, and percussion Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, 736 Mission Street - 3:00 pm. Video excerpt at YouTube (2:19).

photos by Susan Levenstein - see more

April 25-26, 2009 - workshop with Roberto Castello and Stefano Giannotti for REPORTERS / musica, SPAM!, Capannori (Lucca)

June 15-17, 2009 - miniresidency in composition, Hochschule für Musik, Frankfurt

September 4, 2009, 0:05 - premiere of Living Room Music on Deutschlandradio Kultur. Listen to an excerpt

September 12, 2009 - concert for the Notte Bianca in Rome, Via del Mandrione, 451 (Porta Furba; Metro Arco di Travertino), "Valentini-Pirri," 10.00 pm

September 15 and 17, 2009 - Molissa Fenley and Dancers perform new choreography to music from Maritime Rites (Ice, Dew, Food, Crew, Ape) - Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, 8:00 pm. View video of entire piece.

September 21-25, 2009 - Kurt Jordan plays Inner Cities complete, Azusa Pacific University, California, 8:00 pm each evening

September 27, 2009 - Endangered Species concert, Fondazione Atopos, Arezzo, Tuscany - Teatro della Bicchieraia , Via della Bicchieraia, 6:00 pm. See Discography.

November 3-4, 2009 - seminar in media studies, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Prof. Valentina Valentini

November 20, 2009 - concert with Joelle Leandre and Fred Frith - GRANDE SALLE ARSENAL, Avenue Ney, Metz, France - 7:00 pm

November 21, 2009 - concert with Joelle Leandre, Fred Frith, and Urs Leimgruber at LE BRASS, 364 av. Van Volxem 1190, Brussels (trams and bus 49, 50, 82, 97, Wiels stop) info@forestcentreculturel.be or +32 (0)2 345 37 71 - 8:30 pm

November 22, 2009 - concert with Joelle Leandre, Fred Frith, and Urs Leimgruber, in All Frontiers 09 festival, Nuovo Teatro Comunale, Gradisca d'Isonzo (Trieste), 6 pm

November 27, 2009 - concert with Musica Elettronica Viva at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - Phipps Hall, 8 pm

November 29, 2009 - premiere of Oh Man,Oh Mankind, Oh Yeah, for the Huddersfield Choral Society, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England - Huddersfield Town Hall, 4pm

photo by Martin Jenkins

December 1, 2009 - concert with Musica Elettronica Viva, Gran Raccordo Anulare, sponsored by the Istituzione Universitaria dei Concerti - Aula Magna, University of Rome "La Sapienza," 8:30 pm

December 2, 2009 - concert with Musica Elettronica Viva, Grande Auditório da Culturgest, Rua Arco do Cego, Lisbon, 9:30 pm - information tel. 217 905 155

December 5, 2009 - concert with Musica Elettronica Viva, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves
Rua D. João de Castro, 210, Porto, Portugal, Tel: +351226156500, 9.30 pm

December 9, 2009 - concert with Paolo Ravaglia at the Museo Casa Scelsi, Rome, 8.00 pm; by invitation only

December 15-18, 2009 - teaching residency in composition, Zentrum für Mediakunst, Karlsrühe, Germany

December 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010 - Lezione di Boxe - sound installation on Achille Bonito Oliva - Il Ponte Contemporanea gallery, Via Monserrato 23, Roma 00186 - Tues-Sat noon-7.00 pm.

December 27, 2009 - "In Memory of Maryanne Amacher" published by the New York Times Opinionator

 

CURRAN EVENTS IN 2008... back to top

February 29, 2008 - premiere of new piano work, E Poi..., at Ten For Carter, Network for New Music Ensemble, on the occasion of Elliot Carter's 100th birthday, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St., New York, 8:00 pm. Listen to an excerpt.

March 2, 2008 - repeat performance of Ten For Carter at the Settlement Music School, Mary Louise Curtis Branch, 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, 3:00 pm

March 13, 2008 - concert, Madrid, - 10:00 pm - La Casa Encendida, Ronda Valencia, 2 28012 Madrid, tel. 902 43 03 22 / 91 602 46 41

March 20, 2008 - Eve Egoyan plays Inner Cities complete at the Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver, in Vancouver New Music Festival

April 5, 2008 - Curran works featured in concert by the Ne(x)tworks group, Chelsea Art Museum, 556 W 22nd St., New York, 2:00 pm. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2

April 23, 2008 - premiere of Weil Erde in meinem Körper war... with choreography by Wanda Golonka, the Ensemble Modern, the schauspielfrankfurt ensemble, and guests, for Frankfurter Positionen 2008 at the schauspielfrankfurt, Neue Mainzer Straße 17, Frankfurt, tel. 069/212 37 000 - repeat performances May 1 and June 14, 2008

 

May 8-30 - TazebAu s'pace 2008. Informazione in rivoluzione, triplych installation with Paolo Monti, Museo dell’ Istituto di Chimica, Rome

May 8 - Malapromptu for cello and piano performed at concert in Utrecht, Holland, by Arne Deforce and Daan Vandewalle

May 13-14 - in residence at Bolzano Conservatory

May 19-20 - panelist at conference on 1960s Italian avant-garde theater, University of Rome

May 30 - concert with Joan Labarbara and Philip Corner, Museum of Modern Art Bologna (MAMBO), for Take the Cage Train.

May 31 - June 1, 2008 - Boletus Edulis: Musica Pendolare - for "Take the Cage Train," on the 30th anniversary of John Cage's train happening, sponsored by Angelica - radio interview with AC and various musicians


bands at Riola, music and choreography by Curran, video Susan Levenstein

 

June 12 - concert in Ferrara (Mumbai’s Way, with videomakers Lino Greco & Gerardo Lamattina), produced by Franco Masotti - Palazzo Ludovico il Moro, 9:15 pm - tickets and information at tel. 0532 202675, fax 0532 206007, or the Aterforum web site

September 7, 2008 - Crystal Psalms aired at Ars Electronica 2008 gala concert evening ("Sonorous Embodiment") in the Klangpark outside the Brucknerhaus, Linz, 10.00 pm

September 28, 2008 - Eve Egoyan and Kathleen Supove play Inner Cities complete. EMF production, Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York

September 29 - October 10, 2008 - in residence at Oberlin College

October 13-17, 2008 - in residence at Art Institute of Chicago

October 18, 2008 - concert at EMF Ear to the Earth Festival, TransDadaExpress:The Brooklyn Bridge. Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South, New York, 8pm, $15 / $10 students

October 20-21, 2008 - lecture and masterclass, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

October 25-November 1- Americans festival, Groningen, Holland, Curran concerts Oct 25, Oct 29, Oct 30

October 25-November 1 - Gardening with John installation - public library, Groningen, Holland

photo Antonio Trimani

November 1 - Beams 3, Americans festival - Aa Church, Groningen, Holland, 4:00 pm. Listen to excerpt 1 excerpt 2 excerpt 3

November 8 - concert at FMP's TOTAL MUSIC MEETING, Berlinische Galerie. Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst, Fotografie und Architektur, Alte Jakobstr. 124 - 128 (Kreuzberg), Berlin, 7:30 pm

November 24 - Poli(s)fonie - Citta' in ascolto: radio art round table with Nicola Bernardini, Götz Naleppa, and Nicola Sani, Festival of Science, Casa Paganini, Sala del Minor Consiglio, Palazzo Ducale, Genova, 5:00 pm

November 28 - TransDadaExpress at TempoReale Festival – CanGo (Cantieri Goldonetta), Via Santa Maria 25, Florence - information and tickets: TEMPO REALE 055717270 3357063218 or CANGO 0552280525 – interview 6:00 pm, concert 9:30 pm. Excerpt on video.

November 30 - premiere of Erat Verbum Johnny in John Cage: Concert Reclaimed Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival - Town Hall, Huddersfield, 4 pm

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2007 back to top

January 9 - lecture, Haifa University School of Music

January 11 - shofar solo concert:, Levontin 7, Tel Aviv (listen to an excerpt)

January 13 - Israel Contemporary Players, Conductor Ilan Volkov, concert Tel Aviv Museum

January 14 - Israel Contemporary Players, Conductor Ilan Volkov, concert Jerusalem Music Center

January 20 - premiere of Passing Notes, with William Winant and Joan Jeanrenaud, Santa Cruz

 

January 25 - concert with Cenk Ergün, Recombinant Lab, San Francisco

January 28 - lecture and master class, UC Berkeley

January 31 - lecture, Cooper Union, New York

February 2 - lecture, Brown University, Providence

February 3 - shofar concert with Robert Gluck, EMF production, Judson Church, New York

February 4 - interview and concert with Gene Coleman and Ensemble Noamnesia, Slought Foundation, Philadelphia

February 5 - improv concert with Gene Coleman and others, Broad Street Ministry, Philadelphia

February 6 - concert with Ensemble Noamnesia and AGAM Quartet, Renaissance Society, University of Chicago

February 7 - lecture and master class, Northwestern University

February 7 - improv concert with Gene Coleman and others, Chicago

February 8 - lecture, Yale University

February 11 - Inner Cities complete, concert by Daan Vandewalle at the Glasgow National Review of the Arts

March - Four articles by Curran at New York Times website (TimesSelect Opinion) as part of The Score: Four Innovative American Composers Sound Off, ed. Peter Catapano. (see Writings page)

April 17-21 - Curran's music featured at spring festival, Royal Conservatory of Music, the Hague, Netherlands


Schtyx, The Hague (excerpts)- Rebecca Huber, Elyssa Shalla, Maya Dunietz

April 22 - concert, Zo, P.le Asia, 6, Catania, tel. 095.7463122, 9:30 pm

May 10 - Il Suono del Logos - concert and premiere of Triadic Limbo with Alter Ego, Auditorium, Rome, 9:00 pm

May 22 - talk, music conservatory of Perugia

June 18-30 - in residence at the Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of the SWR, Freiburg

July 1 - premiere of new work for shofar and electronics, concert SWR Studio Freiburg, Heinrich-Strobel-Saal, 8:00 pm

July 8 - Maritime Rites concert-installation, the port of Kinsale, Ireland (Kinsale Arts Week), 12 noon to 2:00 pm

July 12 and 13 - Inner Cities complete, concerts by Daan Vandewalle, Rimini, Santarcangelo dei Teatri festival

July 15 - premiere of Conversazioni Geologiche with 80 musicians on the slopes of Mount Etna, Festival Cultania

June 17 through September 16 - Gardening With John installation at the Moyland Castle Museum, Bedburg - Hau, Germany

August 2 - The Fromm Concert at Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, with Musica Elettronica Viva, 8:30 pm. Listen to an excerpt.

 

September 14 - Maritime Rites Tate concert-installation on the Thames River, its strand, and the Millenium Bridge in London, featuring AC (Diskklavier and sampler), Evan Parker (sax), Anton Lukoszievze (cello), Melvyn Poore (tuba), the brass ensemble of the London Symphony Orchestra, the bells of St. Paul's Cathedral, and 200 volunteer musicians, presented by the Tate Modern - 5:30 - 7:00 pm. video clips on YouTube, thanks to "shuffleboil": 4-minute clip 3-minute clip 45-second clip


September 27-30 - In Tempo Reale concert, Nuovo Teatro Colosseo, and Viaggio in Tempo Reale, a performance caravan, curated by Achille Bonito Oliva and Carla Subrizi as part of Romapoesia 2007

October 5 - premiere of On The Roads, radio work about the ancient Roman roads for Deutschlandradio Kultur - 00:05 am (listen to an excerpt)

Mim Bird, Francesco Careddu, AC, Riccardo La Barbera, SL, Marco Mascaro, Alessandra Marzo, Davide Piersanti
recording at the naval museum in Nemi; video by Susan Levenstein ("Stompin' at the Golden Bough")

October 11 - Gardening With John installation - opening at the Fondazione Mudima, Milano - Via Alessandro Tadino 26

October 18 - music and performance with video installation by Roberto Masotti and live video by Gerardo Lamattina and Lino Greco, wallsCAGEwalls, (Milano Musica) Spazio Antologico, via Mecenate 84/10, Milan, 8:30 pm

October 20 - Eve Egoyan plays Inner Cities complete at the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto

October 27 - concert in "Wiva Russolo" festival, Chiesa di San Luigi, Porto Gruaro

November 16 - Oh Brass On the Grass Alas at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in Yorkshire

December 4-5 - Inner Cities 1 - 11 complete on Future Radio, at 96.9 FM in the Norwich (England) area and on the web at http://www.futureradio.co.uk/Future.m3u. Four 1/2 hours without interruptions, played by Daan Vandewalle beginning at midnight UK time, which corresponds to 7 - 11:30 pm on December 4th Eastern Standard Time. And at any time, listen to a free podcast of Daan introducing the music by clicking here. You'll need iTunes to listen to the podcast; if necessary click here to download it.

December 15 - premiere of new work for cello and piano, Daan Vandewalle / Arne De Force, Handelsbeurs, Ghent

December 17-19 - composition workshop, Palermo

 

BACK IN 2006: back to top

Out of 05 barely alive, into 06 with a new bag of tricks...

through January 15 - installation, Gardening with John, in exhibition PLAYING JOHN CAGE, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

January 17 - Art's Birthday - Trans Dada Express:  international radio celebration of the 90th birthday of Dada, Sudwestrundfunk live performance 8:00 pm, remixing 8:30 pm to midnight (Baden-Baden)

      

January 18 through early May - in residence at Mills College, Oakland

February 24 - Inner Cities complete, Stockholm new music festival, Daan Vandewalle

March 4 - Alvin Curran Filharmonia concert (A.C., Scanner, and D.J. Olive):  Scelsi incontra Luc Ferrari da King Kong. Teatro degli Arcimboldi, Milan, 9:00 pm

March 25 - Improvisation symposium of New York University Music Department, "Current Free Practices in Music and Poetry," New York City

March 26 - concert with Domenico Sciajno, Matt Ostrowski, and Gene Coleman, Tonic, 107 Norfolk Street, Manhattan (between Delancey and Rivington Streets), 8:00 pm

March 28- lecture, Peabody School of Music

March 30 - Musica Elettronica Viva concert, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York (West Hall Auditorium, 7:30 PM)

    

 

April 21 to May 21 - installation in Hermes' Ear exhibition, Nitrianska gallery, Nitra, Slovakia

May 10 - Events, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with improvised music by Takehisa Kosugi and Alvin Curran- Auditorio Conciliazione, Via della Conciliazione 4, Rome, 8:45 pm, tel. 899 5000 55

  

May 15 - concert with Domenico Sciajno:  Sonic Grafitti.  Etnafest, Catania, Sicily, 9:15 pm

May 26 - concert with the Ensemble Dissonanzen, Maggio dei Monumenti, Chiesa di Santa Caterina di Siena (Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 38), Naples, 8:30 pm

      

June 1- July 16 - installation, Gardening With John 1.1, at Sonambiente festival in Berlin, in collaboration with Zerynthia .  Academie Der Kunste Hanseatenweg (Tiergarten). See video on installation page.

June 13-16 - production of TransDadaExpress 2 –- Extraordinary Renderings, Südwestrundfunk, Baden-Baden

     

June 21 - Tevereterno solstice event, with Kristin Jones, in Rome

July 1 - Inner Cities complete, concert by Daan Vandewalle at New Music Indaba, Grahamstown, South Africa

July 7 - Inner Cities 12, concert by Daan Vandewalle, Grahamstown, South Africa

June 26 -July 17 - in residence at the Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of the SWR, Freiburg

September 10 - Inner Cities complete, concert by Daan Vandewalle at the Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, Holland

September 14 - concert at the D22 Club, Beijing

  

  

September 29 - October 1, Gardening With John 1.1 installation in Zerynthia Editing #4 exhibition, "Immaginando Terre Condivise" - Palazzo Lantieri, Gorizia

   

October 6-14 - contribution, with Joel Chatabe and others, to Suspended Sounds, a 3-dimensional virtual-reality immersive audio environment of sounds from extinct and endangered species, at Ear to the Earth festival, New York City

October 8 - concert with Cenk Ergün and Fred Frith, for 16th Akbank Jazz Festival, at BABYLON, Sehbender Sokak, No. 3 Asmalimescit –- Tünel Beyoglu, Istanbul, 7:00 pm

   

 

October 20-22 - TransDADAexpress 2 installation in MediaSpace 06 exhibit, Künstlerhaus, Stuttgart

October 20 - premiere of Oh Brass on the Grass Alas - brass band performance for 300 musicians, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Donaueschingen, Germany; excerpt 1, excerpt 2, excerpt 3, excerpt 4, excerpt 5

 

 

October 24 - concert at RAI (Pino Saulo), Via Asiago, transmitted live on RAI Radio 3 and on web radio, 8:30 pm

October 28 - talk, "Musica Fuori le Sale da Concerto," Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio, Rome, 6:00 pm

November 5 - concert for Nuova Consonanza, Villa Aurelia (American Academy of Rome), approx. 9:30 pm

November 8 - rebroadcast of I Dreamt John Cage Yodeling in the Zurich Hauptbahnhof, Swiss radio DRS and on web radio , 8:00 pm

November 16 - rebroadcast of Oh Brass on the Grass Alas on SWR2 radio 11:00 pm

November 18 - concert Transdada Express Rialtosantambrogio Rome

December 15 - Inner Cities complete, concert by Daan Vandewalle, Goteborg Sweden

...AND IN 2005... back to top

March 17th - Montevideo/GRIM, Marseilles - duo with Jean-Marc Montera

March 19th - Montevideo/GRIM, Marseilles - Inner Cities complete, Daan Vandewalle

March 25th and 26th - Events, Merce Cunningham Dance Company, with Kosugi and Phil Corner - Rovereto, Italy

March 25th - Nuuk, Greenland - Inner Cities complete, Daan Vandewalle

April 24th - Krems, Austria - the NOE/Danube Festival - concert/installation with the Zeitkratzer Ensemble

April 30th - Montclair State, Montclair New Jersey - concert with MEV

May 3rd - duo with poet Clark Coolidge - Providence, RI (listen to an excerpt)

May 8th (Sunday) - Zorn's Cobra - Bologna, Italy (Angelica Festival)

May 11th (Wednesday) - Ritratti Incrociati - double portrait with Domenico Sciajno- Bologna, Italy (Angelica Festival)

June 7th - RAI, Via Asiago, Roma, Sala B - 40th Rome Anniversary blowout: premiere of Pozzulana

June 17 - Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome - Improvisations on silent films by Stan Brakhage (with Domenico Sciajno).

July 19 - duo with Domenico Sciajno, Kals'Art Festival, Palermo, Italy

photo: Marco Bruni

July 30 - concert-installation, Nora Sonora, at the archeological site of Nora (Cagliari)

September 4 - Shofar II: duo with Domenico Sciajno, Gaudeamus Week 2005, 20.30 hrs.
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (MH), Amsterdam, Holland

September 25 - Vindobona Blues - concert-installation, 17.00 - 20.00, Tonspur, Arena 21, Museumsplatz 1, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

October 2, 23.05 hrs - Vindobona Blues on Ö1 Kunstradio, Austria FM, KW, MW Radio 1476, and in 5.1 via OE1DD (listen on line any time)

October 2 through November 20, every Sunday 11.00 - 20.00 - Vindobona Blues sound installation. Tonspur, Arena 21, Museumsplatz 1, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna

October 18 - solo concert, 19:00, Štúdio 12, Jakubovo nám. 12, Bratislava

November 5 through January 15 2006 - installation in exhibition PLAYING JOHN CAGE, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

November 5 - performance in PLAYING JOHN CAGE LIVE, 3:00 pm, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK

November 22 - Premiere of Saltando in Padella by Alter Ego, Teatro Palladium (Garbatella), Rome

November 26 - concert with Scanner, Gradisca d'Isonzo (Gorizia)

November 30 - concert with erikM dedicated to Luc Ferrari. TonArt, Swiss National Library, Bern (listen)

December 13 - duo with Domenico Sciajno, Venice

December 19th - Montevideo/GRIM, Marseilles - Inner Cities complete, Daan Vandewalle

 

OTHER CURRENT PROJECTS: back to top

THE ALVIN CURRAN FAKE BOOK
Mission Accomplished, 2015!

fake bookThe creation and edition of a large number of compositions, improvisations, situations, and hypotheses for making music with modern acoustic instruments which have little or no feature literature written for them: from bass saxophones to musical saws, jugs to oboe d'amore, singing tea kettles to piccolos, euphoniums to thumb pianos, banjos to contrabassoons, hurdy-gurdies to dobroes to sopranino saxophones etc., for use in concert halls, the street, in the air on water and for any occasion. Some works will feature one instrument type i.e. 4 bass flutes, or 3 alto trombones, 5 contrabassoons etc, others will be a fanciful pairing and mix of instruments as suggested above. The music will be written in such a way as to offer both professionals and virtuosi as well as beginners and non-reading musicians compositions to realize. This long term project has been enabled initially by the Guggenheim Fellowship Program and will be published in a spiral-bound volume.

 

ENDANGERED SPECIES

dodo

...is an ongoing solo project begun in 1988 (ELECTRIC RAGS) for Midi Keyboard Sampler and Laptop evolving into TRANSDADAEXPRESS, ENDANGERED SPECIES, and THE ALVIN CURRAN FAKEBOOK...this project makes me constantly update and assemble my vast sample library and create spontaneous music-performances with 1000's of selected samples from sounds of music, people, places, and things from all over the world - literally the world under my fingers!!! Updated versions reflect current configurations of sampled-sets that interest me...often leading to the creation of Sound Portraits of People, (John Cage, the art critic Achille Bonito Oliva, or Zurich street yodeler Alowys Bucher) or even live Double Portraits with other artists and friends such as Scanner and was planned with Luc Ferrari (Angelica Festival 05),....

 

XXTRA LARGE

Maritime Rites, Chicago
Maritime Rites, Chicago, New Music America

A music-theater project (installation) in specially chosen sites involving hundreds of musicians on land and on water - in a moving choreography of sound and celebration. Walls of highly contoured sonic anarchy and unity outside the Concert Halls.   In 2005:  Krems, Austria; Nora, Sardinia.  In 2006:  Donaueschingen. In 2007: Kinsale, Ireland; the slopes of Mount Etna; the Tate Modern. In 2008: Bologna; Groningen. In 2009: Huddersfield. In 2010: Frankfurt Am Main, Huddersfield. In 2011: Koblenz. In 2012: Oporto, New York, Rome, Bologna. In 2013: Perth, Adelaide, Zurich. In 2014: Oakland, Bonn. In 2015: Hobart, Tempe, Reykjavík. In 2016: Glasgow, Rome


 

 

JUKEBOT

JukeBot, in collaboration with the New York artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese – who are remaking an  old 1950s Juke-Box into a digital composing and light machine – based on random selection of musical and sound files taken from the WWW and redesigned into personalized JukeBox “Szongs.”

 

SHOFAR

Curran with shofar

A constant return to my roots where the Ur-typical horn or horns meets MAX/MSP - an ongoing project nearly 20 years in evolution toward a definitive version - progress in June 2006 and 2007 at the SWR in Freiburg - airings in Jerusalem Jan 2007, New York Feb 2007, Freiburg June 2007, installation San Francisco 2008, Ostia Antica 2009, live in San Francisco March 2009, Tzadik CD 2013, Brescia 2016...



                    photo:  Claudia Von Alemann

 

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