May 29, 2016
907 North Austin St
“In The King of Denmark, the performer plays a battery of percussion instruments very softly with his or her fingertips. Sometimes the sounds are inaudible or hard to hear.
I asked Morty how he got the idea for that piece. He said he was sitting on the beach in Far Rockaway, Long Island, and he heard wisps of sound, fragments of conversation, sounds of transistor radios drawn by the wind. They were faraway sounds blown by the wind as he was sitting on the beach. In this piece Charles Curtis will sit far away from the audience outdoors in a windy place. I am hoping that the listener will hear fragments of Charles’s playing, carried by the wind.”
Cellist Charles Curtis premiered a new work conceived by Lucier specifically in relationship to the desert site and its near-constant wind. Dedicated to the composer Morton Feldman, it refers to his 1964 landmark work. During the performance, two planes from a nearby airfield circled overhead.
Alvin Lucier, "I Remember Morty," unpublished score, 2016.