Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music
38 South Peoria Street
The desert is a place of raw extremes – the brightness of the sun on one hand, and the open silence on the other – but it also represents a place of solitude, untouched nature, and a time that both precedes and follows civilization. In September 2010, Hans Thomalla recorded sounds and images of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley, mining the desert locations sonically and visually to create a modular work based on those recordings: a 30-minute cycle of “songs” for large instrumental ensemble of 13 musicians, solo voice, and live electronics. Dal Niente presents this multimedia work alongside Karlheinz Stockahausen's Kontakte, a work that broke down the barriers of spatialized sound and continues to be an influence on the cutting edge music of today. Kontakte surrounds the audience with transformations of myriad sonic categories, providing audiences new forms of contact with previously unknown sound spaces.
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007): Kontakte (1958-1960) for piano, percussion, and electronics
Hans Thomalla (b.1975): The Brightest Form of Absence (2011) for soprano, large ensemble, and live electronics, with video projections created by William Lamson