On October 2–7, Moscow hosted Everything Is Real, an international retrospective festival dedicated to Alvin Lucier, a legendary American composer and a pioneer of experimental music and sound art.
Alvin Lucier (born in 1931) has pioneered in many areas of music composition, performance, and sound installation. Following John Cage's concept of "sound acting", Alvin Lucier's work examines the acoustics of space, physical properties of sound, trajectory of its movement, psychology and physiology of its perception. His compositions sonify physical and biological phenomena, and unlock their unique aesthetic potential.
For the first time in Russia, Alvin Lucier will perform personally some of his legendary piecesthat have become the first examples of sound art in the history of music: I Am Sitting in a Room for voice and electro-acoustic tape, Music for Solo Performer for a performer of amplified brain waves and percussion, and Bird and Person Dyning for a performer with binaural microphones, loudspeakers and electronic sounds.
The festival will feature several Russian premieres and a world premiere of Lucier's work Sicklewritten exclusively for the festival Everything Is Real.
Along with Lucier's performance, the festival will feature works written by composers of the New York School: String Quartet in Four Parts by John Cage, Structures for String Quartet by Morton Feldman, and Arbor Vitae by James Tenney.
The festival will take place in Moscow's major cultural centers, including Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow International House of Music, Theater of Nations' New Space, and Electrotheater Stanislavsky.
The musical program will run in parallel with meet-the-artist sessions with Alvin Lucier, a master class for composers, a set of lectures, and a portrait documentary entitled No Ideas but in Things: The Composer Alvin Lucier.
The composer's closest colleagues will take part in the festival as performers: Hauck Harder(Germany), an experimental physicist and composer, a technical assistant and director of the documentary about Lucier, and Trevor Saint (USA), the first performer of Ricochet Lady for solo acoustic glockenspiel. Other performers will be leading Russian contemporary music bands, including Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Studio for New Music quartet, and Questa Musica, and soloists Mikhail Dubov (piano), Ivan Bushuev (flute, sound design), Olesya Rostovskaya (theremin), Vladimir Gorlinsky, Arman Gushchian, Sasha Yelina, Alexey Sysoev, Kirill Shirokov (performance), and Alexander Khubeev (sound design).
The concert at Electrotheater Stanislavsky will be accompanied by optical and video installations created by Andrey Topunov (October 7).
The festival is organized by the Trajectory of Music cultural platform in partnership with the Moscow State Conservatory, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow International House of Music, Theater of Nations' New Space and Electrotheater Stanislavsky, and supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
Arman Gushchyan is an artistic director of the festival.