nEWS aRCHIVE 2002
17 DEC 2002
From the homepage of WNYC FM:
"17th Annual New Sounds Listener Poll - Surveying the notable New Releases of 2002.
It's that time again, when the end of the year brings the annual New Sounds Listener Poll. The final tallies (a mostly democratic process) will be revealed on the New Sounds Listener Poll show on January 9, 2003, but not before host John Schaefer has a completely opinionated look at 2002's top new music releases on January 8."
We're happy that our CDs "musique du quai Branly" (CD008) and "Music from the Red Night" (CD009) have been nominated as two of the most notable new music releases of 2002.
Wishing you happy holidays and a great new year,
Patrick Grant & sTRANGEmUSIC
29 NOV 02
card design: PG
Original music by Patrick Grant will be a part of SX STREET's pre-recorded
soundtrack and he will perform along live with it on Dec. 6 & 7
with dancers, actors,
writers, singers, performers,
sound, video, set & costume design
Directed by Marisela La GRAVE
SX STREET is a performance done in collaboration with international artists whose credits range from the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, the works of theatrical visionary Robert Wilson, the NYC scenes of new music and the visual arts, and to numerous arts centers worldwide. This event introduces an experiment in the perception of mediums and in the life of the street itself.
December 5th, 6th & 7th
131 Essex Street at Rivington
10 PM - Tickets $10
23 OCT 02
Same World, Different Trips
The Diverse Musical Agendas of Didkovsky, Woolf, and Grant Coexist
October 23 - 29, 2002
Read it here:
11 OCT 02
The film Data's Congestion, premiering at the
Hamptons International Film Festival, has just added
two tracks of music by Patrick Grant to its soundtrack.
presents a screening of
The Avant-Garde Theater
of Kenneth Koch
a film by Marisela La Grave
conceived and produced by Maria Pessino
USA, 2002, 27 minutes
This film documents the staging of Kenneth Kochs "One Thousand Avant-Garde Plays"
at the John Drew Theater of Guild Hall in East Hampton, in a production by local theatre
company Oddfellows Playhouse only a few weeks prior to the playwrights death in the
early summer of 2002.
Saturday, October 19, 2002
10:30 AM at
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
Sunday, October 20, 2002
5 PM and 7:30 PM at
United Artists Cinema
30 Main Street
East Hampton, NY
06 SEP 02
tHE pHiLOSOPHER'S sTONE
a tone poem after Artaud (1931) for
gamelan, strings and keyboards
a commission from the
Cornell Gamelan Ensemble
Martin Hatch, director
will premiere on May 6, 2003
at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
8:00 PM as part of
more iNFO on Cornell's website HERE
or visit the composer's web pages for this work by clicking HERE
15 AUG 02
Robert Wilson's 9th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit:
The Red Night
Read a feature article about Watermill 2002 at ArtNet.com
The Witness' Chair from Einstein on the Beach in the foreground with the Watermill Center, itself a former laboratory for Western Union, in the background.
On July 27, 2002, Robert Wilson's Watermill Center in eastern Long Island, New York held their annual benefit.
Each summer Robert Wilson develops new theater work at the Center, a multi-disciplinary arts laboratory located in eastern Long Island, NY. The Watermill Center was founded by Wilson in 1992 as an international facility for new work in the arts, conceived to foster communication and innovation. There he brings together an international group of artists in a collaborative and supportive environment. In just ten seasons, the Center has developed major work for the worlds stages and museums, and begun introducing a new generation of young artists in Wilsons distinctive methods.
For this event, Grant supplied three elements:
Gamelambience - this was an installation throughout Watermill's forest using sounds that were sampled in Bali 2001. Wilson chose this work because of the way that it highlighted the many Indonesian monoliths he has placed in the woods. Some are over 12 feet tall and weigh many tons. They date from 3500 B.C.E.
Stones in party dress
Pre-show music - these were tracks mixed live by Grant to accompany actors modeling costumes on a huge and long red runway as a prelude to the world premiere/main event which was...
The Ladder of Red
scenario, design, and costumes by
original music and found text by
(via Roget's Thesaurus on the word "red")
see a Quicktime movie edit HERE
(hi-speed connections recommended)
Here's some photos of the event from the NYTimes:
Gabrielle Henkel and Robert Wilson, Andrey Bartenev,
??? and Patrick Grant, the evening's composer
Performers in tin-can headdresses during the finale
Performers spout paint
July 27: The guests at the annual benefit for the Watermill Center on its grounds in the Hamptons village of Water Mill, N.Y., were asked to dress in red for their walk entering the grounds through the surrounding woods, which are dotted with large stones. The stones, slip-covered in white paper for the party and painted with scarlet faces, looked otherworldly. So did wandering performers dressed like the stones. Andrey Bartenev, the Russian artist, created this magical installation. He also conceived a performance, which took place on a lacquered red stage in a clearing between the center's buildings. There were 34 performers wearing costumes that recalled Russian Constructivism. They were made of white cardboard and paper painted with red patterns. At one point, three performers painted themselves red with crimson paint jetting from under their wide collars. Afterward, there was dinner and dancing under a huge tent. The evening, which included an auction of donated artworks, was attended by 550 and raised $600,000. The event was underwritten by Louis Vuitton. The center, founded by Robert Wilson and the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation, is a summer art school. It has 108 students from 30 countries, including the United States, and they made the costumes and
"Ladder of Red" in rehearsal
20 JUN 02
Here's the state of the musée du quai Branly's construction as of 14 June 2002 in a photograph taken from atop the Eiffel Tower by André Citroën.
* musée du quai Branly
17 JUN 02
A review of our March 3rd concert just came out in The New Music Connoisseur - a quarterly journal dedicated to the contemporary music scene. You can read the review at this link:
26 MAY 02
"A Purple Elegy for Hortencia" premiered in Argentina. More details TBA.
25 MAY 02
"Slippery Music" premiered at the American Festival of Microtonal Music's MICROFEST 2002 at NYC performance space Roulette.
17 MAY 02
Grant to work with Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center in Summer 2002
Patrick Grant has been officially welcomed into the Watermill Summer Program to work with Robert Wilson on projects in July and August. Each summer Wilson develops new theater work at the Center, a multi-disciplinary arts laboratory located in eastern Long Island, NY. The Watermill Center was founded by Wilson in 1992 as an international facility for new work in the arts, conceived to foster communication and innovation. There he brings together an international group of artists in a collaborative and supportive environment. In just ten seasons, the Center has developed major work for the worlds stages and museums, and begun introducing a new generation of young artists in Wilsons distinctive methods.
Robert Wilson website
21 APR 02
Paris to commission new live music for silent film
The Cinémathèque de la Danse at the Cinémathèque Française & Musée du Cinéma in Paris, France will commission Patrick Grant to create original scores for films taken of dance performances in Bali, Indonesia in the 1920s. The music will be scored for electronic keyboards and percussion using digital samples of Semar Pengulingan and Gong Kebyar gamelan ensembles that Grant recorded in Bali. The music will be performed live with the films at the Palais de Chaillot over a weekend in January 2003 plus there will be an additional concert of other Grant works given at the cinémathèque during that same time.
la Cinémathèque française
05 APR 02
Concert to be scheduled at Haim Chanin Fine Arts
Patrick Grant to perform new duets with Kathleen Supové at this recently opened NYC Chelsea art gallery in the autumn.
Further details TBA.
Haim Chanin Fine Arts
27 MAR 02
French Museums commission new music for multimedia
Patrick Grant received a commission from the musée du Quai Branly to create music for the film component of a touring exhibition to be initially installed at the Louvre, the musée de l'Homme, and the musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie in Paris, France. These exhibitions are being created to generate interest and support for the musée du Quai Branly. They will go on display simultaneously in May 2002.
To order see a photo of the current state of the museum's construction, click here.
More on the musée du Quai Branly and its collection, currently at the Louvre...
This collection, on view at the Louvre since April 2000, belongs to the musée du Quai Branly, which will open in 2004. In a new gallery, refurbished by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, a selection of nearly 120 masterpieces from the earliest civilisations of Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas are displayed.
These works of art, selected by Jacques Kerchache, scientific adviser at the musée du Quai-Branly, come from public collections - the Laboratory for Ethnology of the Museum of Mankind (musée de l'Homme), the National museum of Arts from Africa and Oceania (musée national des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie), and some regional and foreign museums. Some acquisitions have enriched the collections, however it is impossible to claim exhaustiveness.
The display is arranged around the four continents: Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. A "resource centre" provides free access to most of the information available today on each of the works.
* musée du quai Branly
musée du Louvre
21 MAR 02
sTRANGEmUSIC's new music series is reinvented as "ONE-TWO-THREE concerts" under a new partnership with SERIOUS MUSIC (LA)
We are now presenting our live events as a "permanent floating new music series". This means that we are able to maintain our indentity in a multitude of alternative spaces: galleries, clubs, warehouses etc. while retaining the high level and great vibe that our concerts have become know for. In order to do so, we have formed a partnership with Serious Music LLC who, through their generous support, have made all of our currently scheduled events possible.
We are actively seeking new venues to present in and, when found, we will do our best to reschedule any events that may have had to be postponed while we restructured the series.
The current schedule can be found here.
Serious Music Company Info
Today's astute creator of product for film, television and other visual media understands how top quality score music will enhance the overall quality of his product. However, two limiting factors prevail. Number one, due to limited budgets, very few can afford to hire composers with proven track records that are capable of delivering a high quality music package. Number two; great composers of our day, many of whom are "brand names," are often without the proper channels into Hollywood, making them and their work unavailable.
Serious Music is a music development and publishing company that intends to brand itself as the comprehensive music resource and solution to the creators of product for film, television and other related media. We have assembled a roster of highly skilled, uniquely talented and versatile composers whose work, although well known in certain circles, remains largely unknown and otherwise unavailable to the industry. We will draw upon the skills and talents of these composers to provide a value-effective package of music services that will produce first-rate scores for film and other visual media. Through our value-effective model, we will generate profits while at the same time affording our customers the opportunity to utilize high quality music and related services for the same price they are paying for lesser music.
12 MAR 02
Patrick Grant receives a performance grant from Cornell University
The grant is for the conducting of workshops in Autumn 2002 with the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Martin Hatch, in the creation of a new piece for the gamelan with two keyboard soloists. A performance will be given on December 11, 2002 at Cornell University.
13 FEB 02
European documentary "RESIST NOW!" to use theater music by Patrick Grant
Award-winning German film and theater director Dirk Szuszies is using newly remastered digital recordings of Grant's theater music in a documentary about the Living Theatre, "Resist Now! To be with the Living... 50 Years of the Living Theatre". The film is scheduled for a 2002 release.
07 FEB 02
Patrick Grant auctions a commission to benefit the Continuum Center for Health & Healing
At an event to benefit the Continuum Center for Health & Healing, the wholistic branch of Beth Israel Hospital, the Patrick Grant Group performed and the composer offered an original composition at silent auction. The winning bid went to Grant Ruthizer of NYC and his wife Mimi. The piece will be "A Purple Elegy for Hortencia" and will receive its world premier in Argentina in May 2002.
Continuum Center for Health & Healing
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