Vespers

 Photo by Sarah Vasquez, 2016.

Photo by Sarah Vasquez, 2016.

Mimms Ranch
907 North Austin St

In the 1960s Alvin Lucier read a pioneering book on echolocation by Donald Griffin, which traced how bats measure distance by detecting interference patterns of reflected sound.

After happening across a device called a Sondol, or sonar-dolphin, Lucier found a way of translating these natural processes to music by tasking performers to navigate and map a space using the hand-held pulse generators. In bringing Vespers to the outdoor amphitheater of Mimms Ranch, located on a hill with a panoramic view of the Chihuahuan Desert plateau, this work creates, in Lucier’s words, an “acoustic signature, as if one were taking a slow sound photograph over a long period of time.” Referring simultaneously to a type of bat and the sunset evening prayer service of certain Catholic liturgies of the canonical hours, the performance began as the light started to wane.

Performers:

Crystal Catano

Inès Elichondoborde

Rob Gungor

Christine Olejniczak

Erik DeLuca (leader)

Jake Curreri

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