The sense of sound

Michaël Levinas.

Starting next Thursday, October 5, and running through Sunday, October 8, NYU and La Maison Française will present The Sense of Sound (Le sens du son), an exploration of the limits and possibilities of our aural sensations. According to the web page for the series:

Talks and roundtables are organized around a series of performances which include a concert featuring compositions of Michaël Levinas, a performance at the Park Avenue Armory of Boulez’s Répons by IRCAM’s Ensemble Intercontemporain, and the innovative production by Roland Auzet of Bertrand-Marie Koltes’s play In the Solitude of the Cotton Fields. Levinas; the director of l’IRCAM, Frank Madlener; and Auzet will participate in discussions around their work.

More specifically, at 5:00pm on Saturday, October 7, my lovely wife Marilyn Nonken will be performing two of Levinas’ solo piano works — Anaglyphe (Variations on a Secret Motif) and Etude No. 4 (The Tears of Sounds) — and, on the second half of the program, pianist Irina Kataeva-Aimard and mezzo-soprano Roula Safar will perform Olivier Messiaen’s epic song cycle Harawi. The performers will discuss all three works at a round-table before the program, which will also feature Levinas.

The performance will take place in Room 303 at NYU Steinhardt, 35 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012. Admission is free. More information about the concert can be found at the Facebook page for the event. I look forward to seeing you there.