Tomorrow evening, Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center will present a unique performance by the Cincinnati-based quartet Makr. Comprised of current and former CCM students Suzanna Barnes, Brodie Johnson, Eddy Kwon and Josh Ulrich, Makr will take on “In iij. Noct.,” – a demanding piece by the acclaimed Austrian modern composer Georg Friedrich Haas – in complete darkness.
The Quartet will see neither their music nor their fellow performers, seated as far apart from one another as possible in the four corners of the room, surrounding the audience.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the CAC. Tickets are $10 for members, $12 in advance and $14 on the day of the event. Advance tickets are available online through 5 p.m. today and can also be purchased during normal business hours in the CAC Store or by calling 513-345-8431. Visit the CAC’s website for more information.
About Georg Friedrich Haas’ “In iij. Noct.”
Haas’ “In iij. Noct.” is composed as a verbal score, with many details and decisions left to the performers. The duration of the piece is only decided during the performance. Haas has set out eighteen musical “situations,” with detailed instructions for improvising on pre-set motifs, chords and string textures, and a corresponding series of “invitations,” whereby the players signal one another that they are ready to proceed from one passage to the next.
The idea of performance in the dark comes from Renaissance and Baroque composers who wrote settings of Tenebrae services, to be sung in gradually darkened churches during the three days leading to Easter. Light and darkness are used in several of Haas’ scores, forcing an association, or the perception of one, between sight and sound. Here, that connection is severed completely.