Mario and Me

This Thursday evening at Connecticut College, March 30 at 8 PM, the Da Capo ensemble is playing my The Day Revisited, along with my son Bernard Gann on fretless bass and myself on synthesizer. Presented in Evans Hall of the Cummings Arts Center in New London, CT, it’s part of a symposium on art and technology, and the program runs as follows:

In Ida’s Mirror by Stan Link (alto flute and electronic sound)

Response by Panayiotis Kokoras (electronic sound)

Meeting Places by Arthur Kreiger (ensemble and electronic sound)

New York Counterpoint by Steve Reich (clarinet and electronics)

The Day Revisited by Kyle Gann (ensemble and electronics)

Pan of the Landscape by Christopher Becks (16 mm film)

Synchronisms No. 6 by Mario Davidovsky (piano and electronic sound)

Old Mario and I haven’t been on the same program together since… well, forever, actually. I’m kind of a low-tech guy for this high-tech context, but The Day Revisited is my mellow ambient quintet in a 29-pitch scale, easy for me to play on the synth, a tremendous challenge for the flute and clarinet.