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Alvin Curran: Beams

Friday 24 April
Spike Island, 19:00 — 20:00

On the opening evening of When There is No Music To Write - a two-person exhibition by artist and filmmaker Eric Baudelaire and avant-garde composer Alvin Curran - Spike Island plays host to Beams, a live performance by Curran and a group of Bristol-based art and music students.

Following on from a series of workshops with Curran in the lead up to the opening, his ensemble cast of students will activate, as part of the performance, a set of instruments which will be exhibited for the duration of the exhibition. These instruments have been gathered as a result of Curran’s instruction to the students based on a broad definition of what a ‘musical instrument’ can be. The resulting Instrumentarium included in the exhibition consists of dozens of objects including a pan flute, shower pipes, a clock and pieces of wood. It suggests a hybrid acoustic landscape that integrates sound, everyday life and the public spaces from where these objects have been gathered.

Alvin Curran

Alvin Curran is an American composer based in Rome who has realized a long and fruitful career as a composer/performer/ installation artist, writer, and teacher in the American experimental music tradition. His music, whether chamber works, radio-art, large-scale environmental theater, or solo performance, embraces all sounds, all spaces, and all people. More