Head of Composition curates major Nancarrow Festival in New York

Conlon Nancarrow

Head of composition, Dominic Murcott, is co-curator of a festival celebrating the work of cult American composer Conlon Nancarrow at the prestigious Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City from 17-28 June 2015.

Audiences can hear Nancarrow’s work including his complete Studies for Player Piano, watch films about his life, hear public demonstrations and talks on his music, as well as watch the Merce Cunningham Fellowship Trust recreate Cunningham’s Crises (1960) – a piece set to Nancarrow’s music.

Dominic’s role within the festival is broad. He has written programme notes about Nancarrow’s studies and an essay into his life and career, and he has also arranged works for high profile artists like Alarm Will Sound and percussionist Chis Froh.

Dominic says: “The festival is a great chance to hear and learn about a composer who has gradually become an influential – and infamous – figure in the arts. The festival is the first retrospective of Nancarrow’s complete Studies for Player Piano in the United States, so it is a rare opportunity to hear the player piano up close.”

Conlon Nancarrow was renowned for forming a unique compositional language based on complex rhythmic structures influenced by Boogie Woogie and the atonal avant-garde.

Anywhere in Time: A Conlon Nancarrow Festival, will take place at the Whitney from 17-28 June 2015. For more information, visit the Whitney event page.

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