Computers and Music

Mantra at Harvard

Yesterday we heard Stockhausen’s Mantra at Harvard. Frank Gutschmidt and Benjamin Kobler captivated their audience in a late-night performance that was colorful, precise, groovy, and overwhelmingly lucid. What I liked most about their interpretation was the sense of unity that they created; at times one had the feeling that all the music came from one instrument solely.

The concert was part of the Fromm Concert Series at Harvard, which is curated by the German composer and electro-acoustic music specialist Hans Tutschku. The series will continue today with two more concerts. If you are in the area come by; from what I heard in the rehearsals today’s performances should be good, too! Here is the program:

Jonathan Harvarey: Tombeau de Messiaen
Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9
Vladimir Ussachevsky: Wireless Fantasy
Chaya Czernowin: Ina


Pierre Boulez: Dialogue de l’ombre double
Ezra Sims: Night Piece


Karlheinz Stockhausen: Oktophonie

All concerts take place in Paine Hall, Harvard University and are free! See you there!


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