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Selections from Eliane Radigue's OCCAM OCEAN


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"...The freedom to let yourself be overwhelmed, submerged in a continuous sound flow where perceptual acuity is heightened through the discovery of a certain slight beating, there in the background, pulsations, breath." - Éliane Radigue

Distinguished composer Éliane Radigue used these words to describe her ever-expanding composition Occam Ocean, an ongoing acoustic work with influences ranging from electromagnetic waves to Wiliam of Okham's philisophies to science fiction mythologies. For this special MOCA concert, clarinetist Carol Robinson (born United States; lives in Paris, France) and trumpeter Nate Wooley (born 1974, Clatskanie, Oregon; lives in Brooklyn, New York) will perform two solos (Occam XVI and X, 2014) and a duet (Occam River III, 2014) inside the INDUCTION exhibition.

The first in a unique invitational format that explores artistic relationships and influences, INDUCTION is a two-person exhibition that features new paintings, videos, and glass sculpture by New York based artist Tauba Auerbach (1981, San Francisco, CA) alongside an early sound installation by Paris-based composer Éliane Radigue (1932, Paris, France).

Developed in collaboration, INDUCTION, explores the potential of form and rhythm to induce altered states of consciousness, and focuses on Auerbach and Radigue’s shared interests, including Eastern philosophies and phenomenology. Radigue’s composition, OMNHT (1970), is designed for installation in collaboration with sound engineer Bob Bielecki and activates the gallery’s architecture — the work is intended to be felt against its walls, as much as heard throughout the space. Presented for the first time in Galerie Rive Droit in 1970, this work has been shown only one other time, and never in the United States.

Radigue is renowned for her electronic music, in particular, with the ARP Synthesizer. In 2005, however, she began composing for acoustic instruments, works that are performed by a select group of exceptional musicians at venues across the globe.

A Franco-American clarinettist and composer of over fifty works, Robinson is celebrated for her eclectic, collaborative approach to music and interdisciplinary performance. She performs in major international venues and festivals such as Festival d'Automne (Paris), MaerMuzik (Berlin), and RomaEuropa (Rome). Robinson's music has been recorded by numerous labels and her discography includes recordings of composers including Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, Eliane Radius, and Phill Niblock.

Wooley is an acclaimed trumpeter who has performed alongside icons such as John Zorn, Anthony Braxton, Ken Vandermark, and Yoshi Wada, as well as collaborated with artists ranging from Chris Corsano to Mary Halvorson to C. Spencer Yeh. Wooley's work has been featured at numerous festivals and venues like Poland's WRO Media Arts Biennial, the Copenhagen Jazz Festivals, and the Walker Art Center.