Premiere April 1st, 2016
In this recital-recitation, the theme of ekphrasis will be
explored: not just ekphrasis as the representation of one art medium by
another, but ekphrasis as affecting the relations between observed object (what is
represented) and observing subject (what represents). Through explorations and
performances of the music of J.S. Bach, György Kurtág, and Felipe Rossi, the
naturalized mediums of composition and performance will be worked through in
order to separate media from message. The smoothed over relations of value and
exchange between performance and composition, performance and listening,
performance and critical analysis, will be brought into question through a
back-and-forth between discourse as speaking subject and performance as observed object. Ultimately, the ekphrastic encounter mirrors the
complexities and ambivalences of the self’s relation to the other.
Other works to be worked through include Einar Torfi Einarsson’s
“de-contextualized” scores and original poems of the ekphrastic variety.
Tracing a Line
Premiered May 25th
at the Peabody Essex Museum
Matthew Aucoin, Victoria Crutchfield, Keir GoGwilt
a Line" begins with the melody from Johann Rudolf Ahle's chorale, "Es
ist genug," and performs its re-writings through JS Bach, Alban Berg, and
Matthew Aucoin. This "program-piece" also includes dramatic elements
including an adaptation of Beckett's play, "Nacht und Träume," and
pre-recorded poetry readings. The audience sits in a ring, intermingled with
the orchestra. There are no breaks for applause between pieces. The
choreographed movement of the orchestra, which begins in the center of the
audience and gradually disperses beyond the ring of audience members (some in
the various balconies of the PEM atrium) conveys the manner in which the
musical writing of the program-piece interacts with bodies. This interaction
between text and body is inspired by Beckett's stage directions and Berg's
indication that the soloist should join the first violin section in the
Variations section of the Violin Concerto's second movement.
Words and Music
Premiered March 7
Transcription/Translation: Toward a New Work of Performance
Premiered February 20, 2014
at Fordham University
Matthew Aucoin, piano; Keir GoGwilt, violin
Recital and discussion. Violinist, Keir GoGwilt, and pianist, composer & conductor, Matthew Aucoin, will perform works that foreground the practical and theoretical questions of transcription and translation in lyric and musical texts. Musical transcriptions will include compositions by Matthew Aucoin, Alban Berg, Anton Webern, György Kurtág, with a focus on the poetry of Paul Celan.
What is the role of voice in song? What remains when the voice is left out in a transcription for violin and piano? How does the disappearance of words in musical transcription complicate the role of interpretation in performance?
This recital is intended to open up for discussion the work of performance as criticism and criticism as performance.