Rudhyar In Retrospect

Event, EV.OMP.2010.09.27-29

On September 27 and 29, 2010, Other Minds presented two concerts dedicated to the music of composer, author, astrologer, painter, and philosopher, Dane Rudhyar. A true Renaissance man, Dane Rudhyar was born in Paris, France in 1895, studied briefly at the Paris Conservatoire, and published his first musical compositions, as well as a book on Claude Debussy, by 1913. In 1916, in a move that he compared to going to the moon, Rudhyar came to the United States where he eventually settled down in California. Throughout the 1920s and 30s Rudhyar continued to compose avant-garde music including scores for plays, ritual dances, and radical “multimedia” performances. However with the advent of the Great Depression, Rudhyar found less support for his type of experimental music, so he began to dedicate more time to his poetry, painting and philosophical writings on astrology and psychology. Beginning in the 1970s, as his writings were gaining popularity among the youth, Rudhyar returned to musical composition, producing a series of piano and orchestral works while also continuing to give lectures, making art, and writing books Activities that he continued, right up until his death in 1985 at the age of 90. The first concert was held at the Swedenborgian Church in San Francisco, and included a panel discussion with Rudyhar’s widow Leyla Rudhyar Hill, former assistant Joseph Jacobs, and biographer Deniz Ertan, moderated by Other Minds Executive and Artistic Director, Charles Amirkhanian. The second concert was held at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley. Both concerts featured the same musical selections performed by Sarah Cahill (solo piano), the violin-piano duo of David Abel and Julie Steinberg, and the Ives String Quartet.
Other Minds Special Programs Other Minds (has as presenter)
Hill, Leyla Rudhyar (has as presenter)
Mussumeli, Bettina (has as performer)
Cahill, Sarah (has as performer)
Abel, David, 1935- (has as performer)
Steinberg, Julie (has as performer)
Rudhyar, Dane, 1895-1985 (has as composer)
Hill, Leyla Rudhyar (has as guest)
Ertan, Deniz (has as guest)
Jacobs, Jospeh (has as guest)
Amirkhanian, Charles (has as host) Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco
Valley Presbyterian Church