TRIADIC MEMORIES morton feldman
Pianist Brendan Nguyen and multimedia artist Jason Ponce team up present an installation-performance of Morton Feldman's piano solo, Triadic Memories.
In this 90-minute work, the Sanctuary of St. James by the Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla will be transformed into a large-scale video and sound installation complete with projection surfaces and flexibility for our patrons to come and go as they please. While the concept is centered around a zen-like simplicity, the production of such a dramatic staging in a large space is not.
"Consisting of over 1100 measures, it is also the longest. There is no designated tempo; performances and recordings can vary in duration from seventy to over ninety minutes. Only a few notes, generated from a sparse, two-bar musical cell, is the basis for all the ensuing material. This extreme economy does not betray a dry or deliberately challenging work. It is not especially demanding music, but rather it is inventive, beautiful, and never boring....Feldman's Triadic Memories is simplicity itself, taking a tiny amount of material and laying it out in repetitions of varying lengths so that the memory of what happened before the moment being heard is consistently erased. This idea of not engaging memory, negating it, had already been a preoccupation of Feldman's for many years. Triadic Memories is perhaps his most successful depiction of this idea. This aesthetic is one that the composer picked up from the abstract expressionist painters in New York in the 1950s, particularly from Montreal-born Philip Guston. The idea was to help the viewer find an inner world, outside of time or space. Laying out this goal in musical terms was Feldman's intention for many decades." - John Keillor