62nd St.
New York, New York 10023

7:00 Beata Viscera (Debut): The Music of Pérotin (fl. c. 1200)
7:30 Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail (Outdoor Version World Premiere)
9:00 Manuel Göttsching: E2-E4 (12.12.1981) (U.S.
Premiere), with the Joshua Light Show (World Premiere collaboration)

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Josh Carr

from the website:

Lincoln Center Out of Doors - free, no tickets required

This special co-production highlights minimalist music spanning eight centuries of human experience, in a program exploring the transcendental and ecstatic dimension of music-making.

Beata Viscera, an early-music vocal group, opens with a selection of works by the 13th-century French composer Pérotin.

Next, composer Rhys Chatham and section leaders John King, Ned Sublette, David Daniell, and Seth Olinsky (Akron/Family) lead an oversized orchestra of 200 volunteer guitarists and electric bassists in the world premiere of A Crimson Grail for 200 Electric Guitars (Outdoor Version) performed not on the Bandshell stage but along the sides of the audience at Damrosch Park, to heighten the work’s polyphonic effect. The work, originally composed for Paris’ famed Sacré-Coeur, has been extensively revised to suit the dynamics of the Park’s outdoor acoustic.

Guitar strings generously provided by D’Addario

Concluding the show will be the U.S. premiere of composer and guitarist Manuel Göttsching’s hour-long masterpiece E2-E4, one of the most important, influential electronic records ever released. Collaborating with Göttsching for the first-ever U.S. live performance of E2-E4 will be the Joshua Light Show, led by multimedia artist Joshua White, which will fill the surface of the Damrosch Bandshell with its signature display of psychedelic visual effects.