Northern Spark: Vexations – Satie – Auditions May 5
CALL FOR MUSICIANS
NORTHERN SPARK (JUNE 14-15) ALL NIGHT PERFORMANCE IN THE NEWLY REFURBISHED NORTHROP
AUDITIONS MONDAY, MAY 5, 2014 from 4:30-7:30pm
Parking and Directions to Northrop, 84 CHURCH STREET SE // MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55455
Sign up sheet will be available outside the Hubbard Rehearsal Studio at 3:30 pm Monday, May 5.
For more information about Vexations at Northern Spark, or contact Amara Antilla at email@example.com or Sandra Teitge at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the building or Northern Spark at Northrop, contact Sharon Fischlowitz of the Institute for Advanced Study at email@example.com.
All musicians welcome to audition.
Please come prepared to play through Erik Satie’s Vexations. In addition, you may be asked to perform an except from a solo of your choice.
Vexations is a musical work by Erik Satie, which consists of a short theme for solo piano. It bears the inscription “In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.” The piece was first printed in 1949 by John Cage in Contrepoints N°6. The first of the ‘marathon’ performances of the work in this way was produced by John Cage and Lewis Lloyd at the Pocket Theatre in Manhattan by the Pocket Theatre Piano Relay Team, organized by Cage on September 9, 1963. Pianists included: John Cage, David Tudor, Christian Wolff, Philip Corner amongst others. Cage set the admission price at $5 and had a time clock installed in the lobby of the theatre. Each patron checked in with the clock and when leaving the concert, checked out again and received a refund of a nickel for each 20 minutes attended. “In this way,” he told Lloyd, “People will understand that the more art you consume, the less it should cost.” But Cage had underestimated the length of time the concert would take. It lasted over 18 hours.
VEXATIONS AT NORTHERN SPARK
As a part of Northern Spark, nine pianists will be invited to play the piece for one hour.