PUTNEY — A weekly conversation series at Yellow Barn continues with a look back at the summer's tribute to Mario Davidovsky, known as the father of electronic music.
For the next installment of Patio Noise on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Yellow Barn artistic director Seth Knopp will be in conversation with double bassist Lizzie Burns, clarinetist Yasmina Spiegelberg, cellist Coleman Itzkoff and violinist Alice Ivy-Pemberton, as well as sound engineer Julian McBrowne. Listeners are invited to join the open discussion via Yellow Barn's homepage at yellowbarn.org Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
While Yellow Barn musicians were able to stream live performances from the Big Barn over the summer, the traditional "intermission chatter" between musicians and audience members did not happen. That missing element is the impetus for the Patio Noise conversation series.
In July, Yellow Barn musicians offered a tribute to Davidovsky, who died last year. Not wanting to wait another year to honor his colleague and mentor, Knopp decided to devote this year's composer portrait to Davidovsky, who was a regular resident composer at Yellow Barn.
"Whether he was writing with acoustic instruments or electronically-influenced tape in the studio, his music always reflected a wonderful human element and something that people connect to in the deepest ways," Knopp said.
Born in 1934 in Buenos Aires, Davidovsky was a pioneer in the field of electronic music.
"The best chamber music partners serve as an extension of one's own arm, constantly finding a balance between acting as a unit and retaining concrete personal identity," Yellow Barn alumna cellist Annie Jacobs-Perkins wrote for Yellow Barn's tribute concert. "Davidovsky was the first composer to treat tape as partner, reveling in the new sounds available through technology, while still retaining spontaneity and musicality only possible in live performance."
Patio Noise conversations take place by Zoom, Tuesdays through Oct. 27. The Zoom room will be open via Yellow Barn's homepage. Participants are invited to share insights and questions by sending them in advance, or by using the Zoom chat option.
For more information, go to yellowbarn.org or call 802-387-6637.