Curated by Meredith Monk: David Behrman’s Reinventions

Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

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  • 6:30PM Members-Only Reception
  • 7PM Pre-Concert Conversation with Christian Wolff and David Behrman
  • 8PM Meredith Monk Presents: David Behrman’s Reinventions

David Behrman – Laptop & small instruments
John King – Guitar
Cleek Schrey – Hardanger d’amore

David Behrman calls upon the talents of composer/performers John King and Cleek Schrey to present Reinventions, a program of updated works featuring guitar, violin and electronic music.

David Behrman has been an active and irreplaceable contributor to the adventurous music scene for over 50 years as a composer, producer, and computer-music pioneer. Among his many accomplishments and exploits was his work as a producer for Columbia Records in the early 60s, releasing historically influential recordings by John Cage, Morton Feldman, Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, and many others. He was present at the remarkable Darmstadt summer meeting of 1959 where he encountered LaMonte Young and Nam June Paik all amidst the hovering spell of John Cage. In 1966, with Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, and Gordon Mumma, Behrman co-founded the legendary Sonic Arts Union. He started a decades long collaboration composing for Merce Cunningham in 1968. He even has a curious credit as a contributor to the soundtrack for Fellini’s 1969 Satyricon.

Over the years David Behrman has made compositions for performance including: Walkaround Time (1968) and EyeSpace (2007) for Cunningham; Leapday Night and Interspecies Smalltalk (with Takehisa Kosugi and Ben Neill) released on Lovely Music; plus sound and interactive multimedia systems installations for gallery spaces such as Cloud Music (1979), recently acquired into the collection of the Smithsonian; Pen Light (2002); and View Finder (2005).

John King, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet; Red {an orchestra}, Ethel; the Albany Symphony, Bang On A Can All-Stars; Mannheim Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo; and the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet, the Mondriaan Quartet, and the Secret Quartet which has premiered many of his compositions at The Stone, The Kitchen, Lincoln Center Festival, and Roulette.

Cleek Schrey is fiddler, improviser, and composer from Virginia, now based in NYC.  Recent engagements include a residency with David Behrman and Anton Lukoszevieze at Cafe Oto (London), the Beckett in London Festival with Gare St. Lazare, and a solo appearance at the Kilkenny Arts Festival. He has studied composition with Behrman, Paul Caputo, Bunita Marcus, and Walter Zimmermann. The journal Sound Post has noted that Cleek “possesses a rare combination of traits: deep respect for traditional music and the people who make it, and an unbounded curiosity about new directions for sound.”  He is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Composition at Wesleyan University.