The Music Gallery Presents: Arnold Dreyblatt’s Orchestra Of Excited Strings

Composer Arnold Dreyblatt at the World Premiere performance of "Turntable History" at the Goethe-Institut Boston, Saturday, March 12, 2011 (photo: Susanna Bolle) /CC by SA 2.0)
Composer Arnold Dreyblatt on the World Premiere efficiency of “Turntable Historical past” on the Goethe-Institut Boston, Saturday, March 12, 2011 (Photograph: Susanna Bolle/CC by SA 2.0)

The Music Gallery is presenting the return of composer Arnold Dreyblatt to town after a number of years. His return to Toronto for the primary time in additional than 15 years shall be marked by the creation of a collaborative orchestra with native musicians — the Orchestra of Excited Strings.

He’ll be working with Toronto musicians that embody cellist Amahl Arulanandam (Skinny Edge New Music Collective, VC2), violinist Laura C. Bates (Völur), and percussionist Brandon Valdivia (Mas Aya, Not The Wind, Not The Flag).

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Composer Arnold Dreyblatt

Composer Arnold Dreyblatt is a local of New York Metropolis, the place his mom Lucille Wallenrod was a painter. He earned his grasp’s diploma in composition from Wesleyan College — regardless of the very fact his guitar trainer had pronounced him tone deaf, and unteachable.

Discouraged from music, he started with research in video artwork till he skilled a efficiency of the music of Alvin Lucier, an experimental composer and professor at Wesleyan. Lucier’s piece, Nonetheless and Shifting Strains of Silence in Households of Hyperbolas, makes use of pure sine waves, which bounce off the partitions of the live performance corridor to vibrate the pinnacle of a snare drum. It creates music with essentially the most fundamental of components: transferring air. Arnold instantly dropped his artwork research at SUNY Buffalo to check composition in NYC.

The title of his thesis at Wesleyan was considerably prophetic: Nodal Excitation.

Blatt is taken into account a part of the second wave of minimalist composers, and his music underwent the standard trajectories of early success, to be adopted by a interval of fixing tastes, after which rediscovery.

His compositions are based mostly on harmonics, and characterised by his invented devices, efficiency strategies, and tuning system. Key to it’s his Excited Strings Bass, an upright bass that’s strung with piano wire. It permits for the creation of a posh collection of overtones. His Excited String Orchestras use the Excited Bass together to different devices which have been modified to his signature system of tuning, which included 20 tones per octave.

His music has been carried out by leading edge ensembles such because the Bang On A Can All-Stars in New York, Jim O’Rourke, The Nice Studying Orchestra in Stockholm, Pellegrini String Quartet and the Crash Ensemble Dublin.

Arnold relocated to Berlin in 1984, the place he was elected to the Academy of Arts in 2007. He’s also called a multimedia artist, and he has produced public artwork installations and exhibitions within the US and Europe. He served as Professor of Media Artwork on the Muthesius Academy of Artwork and Design (Muthesius Kunsthochschule) in Kiel, Germany from 2009 till 2022, and is at present Vice-Director of the Visible Arts Part of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin.

The Particulars

Arnold’s final residency and efficiency on the Music Gallery came about in 2007. Throughout a workshop, earlier than the efficiency, he’ll be introducing the musicians to his tuning strategies and efficiency strategies.

This system, curated by Tad Michalak, consists of:

  • Transmissions (2021): a solo efficiency by Arnold Dreyblatt on his Excited Bass, geared up with a mechanical transducer & real-time audio processing and software program management by Sam Ashley;
  • A efficiency by the Orchestra of Excited Strings.

Discover tickets and extra details about the April 11 efficiency in Toronto [HERE].

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