Performance

Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Sonata no. 6

Performed by Cheryl Seltzer of Continuum Ensemble

Galina Ustvolskaya’s Piano Sonata no. 6 Performed by Cheryl Seltzer of Continuum Ensemble | Events Calendar
Steve Reinke, My Name Is Karlheinz Stockhausen, 2010. Digital video, color, sound; 6:15 min. Courtesy the artist and Video Data Bank


Chelsea

The Kitchen | 512 West 19th Street

Composed in 1988, Piano Sonata no. 6 is one of Galina Ustvolskaya’s most challenging compositions. The score consists largely of tone clusters and demands the performer aggressively strike the instrument, thereby speaking to the turbulence and violence at the end of the Soviet era.

Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

Free


S/N explores the complex dynamics of sound, in particular its tendency to exceed, disrupt, or evade attempts at its capture. S/N, an abbreviation for signal-to-noise ratio, refers to the balance between a desired communication and the unwanted background noises emanating from the materials and environments it traverses. The writers, musicians, and artists included in the exhibition take up the material complexities of sound, understanding the aural as a site of potential interference. Moving through language and into noise, S/N examines the possible breaking points of communication as it extends in, through, and beyond the intelligible. Curated by Alex Fleming, Anya Komar, and Blair Murphy, Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

Including works by Cammisa Buerhaus, Sonia Boyce and Ain Bailey, James Coleman, Manon de Boer, Joan La Barbara, Tracie Morris, Vanessa Place, Steve Reinke, Lis Rhodes, SCRAAATCH, Masha Tupitsyn, Ultra-red, Galina Ustvolskaya, and Jackie Wang.