Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration

Event, EV.OMP.2012.11.02-04

Nancarrow at 100: A Centennial Celebration was a three day festival of films and music celebrating the life and work of Conlon Nancarrow. The festival was produced by Other Minds in collaboration with Cal Performances, the U. C. Berkeley Art Museum and the Pacific Film Archive and was held on November 2-4, 2012. The opening event on Friday November 2nd at the Berkeley Art Museum, was sound sculptor Trimpin's Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra, part of the MATRIX 244 exhibit. Trimpin created an interactive sound sculpture incorporating three reconstructed pianos. The installation, which featured Nancarrow’s Study#30 (n.d.) for prepared player piano, paid tribute to the composer’s rhythmically complex and intensely layered studies, and included percussive elements originally designed by Nancarrow. The evening also included a film screening at the Pacific Film Archive where 2 films were shown; Study No. 2 and No. 18 by Alban Wesly and James Greeson's Conlon Nancarrow: Virtuoso of the Player Piano. On Saturday November 3rd, at U.C. Berkeley's Hertz Hall, a panel discussion "The Expanding Universe of Conlon Nancarrow" featured a cast of Nancarrow's family and collaborators, moderated by Charles Amirkhanian. The afternoon concert featured performances of Nancarrow's works by Trimpin and pianolist Rex Lawson. The evening concert was dedicated to Nancarrow's string quartets, performed by the Calder String Quartet. The festival's final day on Sunday November 4th, started out with a panel discussion, "Eyeballs Out! How Performers Learned to “Play” Nancarrow" moderated again by Charles Amirkhanian. The afternoon film screening included shorts "Nancarrow Study No. 3c" by Alban Wesly, and Tal Rosner and Sophie Clements', "Study No. 7". Uli Amüller's "Musik für Tausand Finger" (Music for 1000 Fingers) was also shown. The final concert at Hertz Hall featured performances by Rex Lawson, Chris Froh, and Bugallo‐Williams Piano and Violin Duo.
Other Minds Special Programs Calder Quartet (has as performing group)
Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (has as performing group)
Other Minds (has as presenter)
Cal Performances (has as presenter)
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (has as presenter)
Trimpin, 1951- (has as performing composer)
Lawson, Rex (has as performing composer)
Adès, Thomas (has as performing composer)
Murcott, Dominic (has as performer)
Jennings, Graeme (has as performer)
Williams, Amy, 1969- (has as performer)
Bugallo, Helena, 1971- (has as performer)
Oña, Erik (has as performer)
Mikhashoff, Yvar (has as performer)
Adès, Thomas (has as performer)
Jacobson, Benjamin (has as performer)
Bulbrook, Andrew (has as performer)
Moerschel, Jonathan (has as performer)
Byers, Eric (Violoncellist) (has as performer)
Nancarrow, Conlon, 1912-1997 (has as composer)
Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961 (has as composer)
Grémillon, Jean, 1901-1959 (has as composer)
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943 (has as composer)
Nancarrow, David Makoto (has as panelist)
Meyer, Felix, 1957- (has as panelist)
Gann, Kyle (has as panelist)
Garland, Peter, 1952- (has as panelist)
Amirkhanian, Charles (has as moderator)
Tarnopolsky, Matias (has as speaker)
Estrada, Julio (has as panelist)
Nancarrow, Yoko Sugiura (has as panelist) Berkeley (Calif.)