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Nancarrow Celebration at Cal

September 25, 2012

Conlon Nancarrow Photo by Charles Amirkhanian Check Cal Performances' November schedule for a wealth of music celebrating the centennial of Conlon Nancarrow.

On Nov. 2, it's Trimpin: Nancarrow Percussion Orchestra MATRIX 244, a sculptural sound installation that pays tribute to the composer’s rhythmically complex and intensely layered studies, as well as a separate event, the screening of Don’t Shoot the Player Piano.

Nov. 3 brings a Nancarrow panel discussion, moderated by Other Minds Artistic Director Charles Amikhanian, with the participaton of Yoko Sugiura-Nancarrow, Felix Meyer, Kyle Gann, Peter Garland, and Trimpin; and featuring performances of Nancarrow’s Study Nos. 12 and 25.

Player Piano II, or piano vorsetzer On the same day, it will be Trimpin on vorsetzer and Rex Lawson, pianola, performing Nancarrow's Study Nos. 5, 6, 11, 21, 26, 37; Study No. 41c for two pianos; Grainger's Molly on the Shore; Rachmaninov's Prelude in E-flat, Op. 23 No. 6; and Grémillon's silent film score to Un tour au large (Voyage on the Open Sea).

A bunch of events (see calendar, above) will culminate with a 7 p.m. concert on Nov. 4 in Hertz Hall, with Chris Froh, percussion; Rex Lawson, pianola; Graeme Jennings, violin; and the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo (Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams) performing Nancarrow works and Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps.

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