The Dutch musical daredevil pairs interpretation with improvisation during this Fluxus-inspired set.
Reinier van HoudtREDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $20
Throughout his career Reinier has explored unusual repertoires, as a result of a personal musical quest; this has included collaborations with composers, designing concert programs, thorough archives explorations, and an unconventional study of the classics.
Reinier van Houdt’s music displays a fascination with matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment - points where interpretation touches improvisation. His unusual repertoire results from personal quests, collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the 'composing' and 'staging' of music-performances, or from unorthodox studies of the classics. He has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, John Oswald. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen; with theatre companies like Hotel Modern, Andcompany & Co, Veenfabriek, Leine & Roebana and ZOOGDIER, a music theatre group of which he is co-founder. Reinier van Houdt also plays in Current 93 and is one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE. He has performed in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory in New York, San Ildefonso in Mexico City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, DOM in Moscow, Setagaya Gallery in Tokyo, the New Library in Alexandria Egypt, Mills College in Oakland, HAU in Berlin and Kunstraum in Düsseldorf.
A pianist of astonishing technique, the Dutch musical daredevil has focused on questions that often elude traditional notation: sound, timing, physicality, space, memory, noise, environment—and the points at which interpretation touches improvisation. Having premiered works by experimental composers such as Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Maria de Alvear, Francisco López, John Oswald and Charlemagne Palestine, van Houdt brings a terrifically absorbing program of piano solos to Los Angeles. It includes the newly completed Concerto per la mano sinistra, for piano and umbrella, by Fluxus-affiliated legend Walter Marchetti; Luc Ferrari’s sound journal 36 Enfilades for piano and tape; and a piano variation of Chimanzzi by the eccentric Texas genius Jerry Hunt.