I founded FLUXCONCERT – an instruction-based performance ensemble – in late 2007. Our first show in March 2008, FLUXCONCERT 20080305 presented 26 historical Fluxus performance scripts written between 1961 and 1969 by major and minor Fluxus artists including Alison Knowles, Ken Friedman, Dick Higgins, Robert Bozzi, and George Brecht.
I’m excited to announce our next show, FLUXCONCERT 20080613, on Friday, June 13, 2008 at 8PM at Lumenhouse, 47 Beaver St., Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are just $8. More info and buy tickets here: http://www.fluxconcert.org/20080613
This is our second show and it’s our first original production. All 13 musical pieces are instruction-based (per our mission) and written by Ethan Wagner – a composer out of Brooklyn.
Instead of following musical notation, the ensemble of nine performers follow texts instructing musical actions to be performed. The concert draws on the legacies of Karlheinz Stockhausen and Fluxus event scores to generate a musical evening of original composition, improvisation, and absurdist performance.
Following are two movements from the show:
Set a noisily ticking alarm clock to ring four minutes after it is set. Run the sound of the ticking through a microphone and sequence the sound, using filters etc. Piece is over when alarm rings.
– Ethan Wagner, Sequenced Ticking, 2008
Try to teach an audience member how to play something incredibly difficult on an instrument that requires a bit of skill (Rachmaninov, etc).
– Ethan Wagner, Music Lesson, 2008
FLUXCONCERT 20080613 will be followed by two performances:
Softwoods, Hardword: Thirteen Trees: A poetry performance in 13 acts featuring brief readings, group acts, interdisciplinary performances, and audience participation. The pieces lean on structural elements such as chance operations, erasures, found texts, and other experimental modes of writing. Influences include Gertrude Stein, Jackson Mac Low, Charles Bernstein, and other contemporary language poets.
A punk-rock episode by Missy Sport. Hailing from a random basement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Sport is a very, very loud power-punk trio with musical roots sunk deep in the guts of dirty 1980s punk rock and 1950s teenage active-wear. Influences include the Angry Samoans, Black Flag, the Red Aunts, the Sex Pistols, and Tito Puente.
It’s going to be an exciting evening so come on down.