Today Olivia Block speaks about 132 Ranks and her experience working with the Skinner Organ at Rockefeller Chapel, in an interview on Morning Shift WBEZ 91.5 FM. Block discusses her early days in Texas, how she came to experimental music, and her current interests as an artist, including what makes this new work commissioned by Lampo and … Continued
Keith Rowe offers a three-part concert including The Room (grey), a work by Chicago composer Frank Abbinanti, and an improvisation.
About The Room, which is part of a new series, Rowe explains he is “trying to create a format that sounds similar each night … influenced by Mondrian, the idea of making work that appears very much the same, [where] small changes become huge differences. I’ve lived with the idea of doing something like this for a long time, in a sense to challenge the ‘free improv’ orthodoxy or resistance to fixed formats.”
Keith Rowe (b.1940, Plymouth, England) is a free improvisation tabletop guitarist and painter. In the mid-1960s, after years of playing jazz, he began to develop his own idiosyncratic techniques, setting the instrument flat on a table and preparing it with various tools: transistor radio, contact microphones, pedals, bows, springs, electronic fans and various metal scraps. Deeply affected by artists Rothko and Pollock and the music of John Cage, he is co-founder (and former member) of the groundbreaking collective AMM, and current all-star in MIMEO, the 12-piece Music in Movement Electronic Orchestra. His legendary work has influenced a rising generation of electroacoustic improvisers. He lives in Nantes, France.
Keith Rowe first appeared at Lampo in April 2001 with AMM, in three days of concerts.