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Performances

The Necks and Arnold Dreyblatt

Fri, Mar 25, 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 Arnold Dreyblatt playing a solo set, highlighting The Necks’s strong connection to American minimalism and avant-garde composition.

Legendary American composer and media artist Arnold Dreyblatt’s ecstatic live performances emerge from the artist’s decades-long practice of building and preparing his own instruments, and exploring the incidental harmonic discoveries made when they are played. A student of first-generation minimalists Pauline Oliveros, La Monte Young, and Alvin Lucier, Dreyblatt invented his own tuning system early in his career.  He enacts this method in his work as a solo artist, often percussively playing an upright bass, and with his ensemble, the Orchestra of Excited Strings.

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.

Arnold Dreyblatt. Photograph by Carlo Fossati

Arnold Dreyblatt. Photograph by Carlo Fossati