Brandon LaBelle

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Music and its Double

For a live performance at Diapason, I listen to a recording of Pierre Boulez' 1952 composition 'Structures I' (for two pianos) over headphones. In response, I play drums, improvising so as to juxtapose the sheer physicality of drumming against the hyper-conceptual Serialism of the Boulez work. During the first half of the performance the audience only hears the drumming, not knowing what I am listening to. The action is recorded, and for the second half of the performance, both recordings are played back simultaneously.

Diapason gallery
New York
October, 2003

 

Brandon LaBelle, improvised drums / Alfons & Aloys Kontarsky, piano, performing Pierre Boulez, Structures pour deux pianos (1952). Total time: 35min