ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-On Wednesday, November 19, djTRIO with Christian Marclay, Marina Rosenfeld, and Toshio Kajiwara will perform at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. This program, presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Office of Student Life Programming, is free and open to the public and will begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. The performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Christian Marclay
, on view at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College through December 19. According to Holland Cotter of the New York Times
, "the show is essentially a record of one artist's attempt to give a physical form to music, and create new music in the process."
Christian Marclay, who founded this rotating trio in 1997 to showcase the talent of avant-garde turntablists in the context of group improvisation, says "djTRIO is not a band but an idea. If the deejay is to be considered a musician, then he or she should be able to play in a group like any other musician. djTRIO emphasizes the group over the individual, to contrast with the notion of the deejay as a soloist." Some of the participants have included DJ Olive, Erik M, Toshio Kajiwara, Marina Rosenfeld, Pita, Otomo Yoshihide, and Tom Recchion.
Since the late 1970s, performance has been a central element in Christian Marclay's practice. Following his immersion in New York's punk and new wave club scene, Marclay, as a sculpture student, began to play turntables in a Duchampian punk band called The Bachelors, Even, and organize experimental music events exploring the relationship between music and performance art. Since then he has developed a vast repertory of performance and improvisation skills, mixing and literally cutting records in order to open up the possibilities generated by overlapping intrinsic and latent sounds with the music inscribed on the surface of the records. He has been called "the godfather of postmodern DJs" for a performative practice that involves multiple turntables and almost magical sampling from a wide variety of sources such as pop music, polkas, Christmas tunes, and other sounds. Quoting and referencing a plethora of songs, noises, sound bites, and snippets from popular culture and mass media, Marclay's aural collages operate on multiple sensory and conceptual levels. Each juxtaposition within Marclay's hybrid soundscapes generates a confrontation between the particular historical and cultural associations of individual sounds, the cumulative effect of which is a glimpse of the complex, embedded nature of sound in the world.
For further information about the performance, call the box office at 845-758-7900. For further information about the exhibition, call the Center for Curatorial Studies at 845-758-7598.
Selected performances of djTRIO:
1997 The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
1998 Performance on 42nd
, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris
Technoculture [Computer World], Fri-Art Kunsthalle, Fribourg, Switzerland
1999 Tonic, New York
The Cooler, New York
2000 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2001 Biennial de Maia, Porto, Portugal
Naumburg Band Shell, Central Park, New York
2002 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.
2003 The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles
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