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Research seminar. Catherine Laws and others: 'Morton Feldman Art Films'

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 4.00PM

Speaker(s): Catherine Laws and others (University of York)

The music of Morton Feldman changes the way we listen. His compositions draw us into the details of musical sound; into its textures, timbres and resonances, into the subtle interactions of tones on different instruments, but also into its patterning in time: its ability to create and evoke memories. This seminar is part of a 'Feldman Day’ which offers an opportunity to explore this beautiful music through performances, film showings, workshops and discussion, culminating in a performance of Feldman’s extended trio composition, Crippled Symmetry. 

The seminar focuses on films with music by Feldman. Feldman was closely linked to the New York School of artists in the 1950s and beyond.  We present three little-known films about three such artists, scored by Feldman: Jackson Pollock (1951), De Kooning (1964) and Scupture by Lipton (1954). A further short film, Feldman Sings (2017) by Zahra Partovi and Chris Villars, shows Feldman breaking into song when talking about this music. Finally, Partovi’s Softly - A Giant Step(2017) takes us on a mesmerising journey around places of significance to Feldman, incorporating interviews and footage of musicians performing excerpts of his music.The films will be introduced by Feldman expert Chris Villars, and discussed with pianist and musicologist Catherine Laws, from the Department of Music, and James Boaden from the History of Art Department.

Location: D/003, Sally Baldwin D Block