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The Necks and Alvin Curran

Thurs, Mar 24, 2016  8 PM

Location: Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater

The Necks, a celebrated Australian music trio composed of Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass), mark their thirtieth year with a rare U.S. tour. This evening performance will feature the American maverick composer Alvin Curran playing a solo set, highlighting The Necks’s strong connection to American minimalism and avant-garde composition.

Active since the early 1960s, Alvin Curran is an experimental composer, musician, and cofounder of Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV), a seminal electro-acoustic composer ensemble known for its early use of synthesizers and altered circuitry in an analog era. Curran’s own oeuvre as a composer includes over 200 works, including experimental radio projects and solo and chamber pieces, many of which he performs at atypical venues, such as on lakes and inside caves, integrating sounds from the natural world into his singular presentations. Inner Cities (1996–), his ongoing series of solo piano pieces, is considered one of the longest non-repetitive piano works ever written.

Tickets are required, and include the cost of admission to the galleries ($22 adults; $18 students, seniors; free for members). Please note: This event has reached ticketing capacity. A limited number of standby tickets may be available at the admissions desk on a first-come, first-served basis. The standby line will open one hour prior to the program’s start time.

Major support for the Whitney’s Performance Program is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Generous support is also provided by the Performance Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In-kind support is provided by Yamaha Artistic Services, New York.

The Necks’ tour has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Alvin Curran in Südwestrundfunk studio, Baden-Baden, 2006. Photograph by Frank Halbig

Alvin Curran in Südwestrundfunk studio, Baden-Baden, 2006. Photograph by Frank Halbig