Miguel Frasconi will present solo works using his unique collection of glass and “de-evolved” musical instruments. His glass instruments, which have been called “a beautiful menagerie of pealing contraptions” (Time Out NY), will be augmented this evening by a ten-string zither, toy piano, mbira, and other unusual acoustic and electronic sound making devices.
Frasconi is a composer, improviser and sound artist who uses glass objects, electronics, keyboards, and devolved instruments to create music that sounds from a uniquely imagined tradition. His recent collaborations include new works with choreographer Alonzo King, electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick, and the new music ensemble Gamelan Son of Lion. His background includes work with John Cage, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell, and James Tenney, and studies ranging from the music of South India and Indonesia to the Dada and Fluxus movements. Past collaborations include new works with Balinese composer I Dewa Berata, operatic tenor John Duykers, and Tibetan songwriter Techung, with whom he has performed in concerts throughout India. Miguel has created over three dozen dance scores and has performed with modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Miguel’s early work includes ten years as a founding member of THE GLASS ORCHESTRA, the internationally acclaimed new music ensemble featuring all glass instruments.