Bowerbird is proud to present AMERICAN SUBLIME, the first major festival in Philadelphia devoted to the singular music of Morton Feldman (1926-87), Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 12. The festival is includes seven concerts at venues throughout the city, with performances by some of the leading Feldman interpreters of our time. AMERICAN SUBLIME focuses on music from the last years of Feldman’s life, all of it heard for the first time in Philadelphia. The centerpiece is an extremely rare performance of his monumental, six-hour String Quartet No. 2, which concludes the festival at the Philadelphia Cathedral on June 12.
Music critic Kyle Gann remarks that “in the current Babel of musical styles, Feldman is almost the only composer whose music appeals across stylistic boundaries, among minimalists, postserialists, 12-tone holdouts, electronic composers, academics, Downtowners, MAX programmers, DJ artists, and other miscellaneous wastrels.” Feldman’s utterly unique musical language, abstract yet deeply personal, leaves an indelible impression.
AMERICAN SUBLIME takes its name from the title of an essay by critic/author Alex Ross on Feldman’s music, capturing two essential qualities of Feldman’s music: the vital place it occupies in the American experimental tradition, and the numinous, otherworldly quality of the music itself, akin to the paintings of the composer’s close friend, Mark Rothko.
Photo by Irene Haupt
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