Three New Works by Patrick Higgins with Visual Installations by Tauba Auerbach and Alexander Arroyo
On November 3 and 4, 2016, Pioneer Works will present two evening length concerts of the music of Patrick Higgins, performed by some of New York’s most acclaimed ensembles. Featuring Vicky Chow, Mivos Quartet, and Wet Ink Ensemble, this program of three compositions for string quartet, piano trio, and chamber orchestra will be paired with an immersive installation and visual content inspired by the musical scores and in collaboration with visual artists Tauba Auerbach and Alexander Arroyo.
Collaged extracts, previewing of the compositions:
SQ3, Higgins’ third piece for string quartet, is a dark and dramatic evocation of ancient rite and modern mourning. Since its debut, this work has been performed in concerts from Japan to Canada, but will have its full New York premiere at this event. SQ3 will be performed by the renowned Mivos Quartet.
TOCSIN, written for virtuoso pianist Vicky Chow and cellists Mariel Roberts and Brian Snow, will receive its world premiere. A highly demanding and idiosyncratic work, TOCSIN uses subtle mechanical preparations for piano and a unique instrumentation to create a music where the line between piano, cello, and otherworldly source is constantly traversed, undermined, and transformed. The title comes from Old French, and refers to a warning bell.
EMPTYSET [0,0] engages the emergent physical and topographic aspects of barren-ness, emptyness, desolateness — of ruined landscape, lifeless terrain. Using a complex overlaying of simple music materials, EMPTYSET [0,0] is constructed in a mechanistic, almost geologic style: accretions emerge, then form, solidify, decay, then reconfigure. This work is written for the Wet Ink Ensemble, it will also receive its world premiere.
Image: Alexander Arroyo