Continuing my slow-blogging of last night's Alarm Will Sound concert at Stanford...
No. 6 started with a stripped down ensemble on stage. Then the various players offstage walked up. All that moving around was both dramatic and distracting and in this case, it humanizes the experience. But when they marched down the auditorium aisle for the strangely affecting Aphex Twin piece Gwely Mermans, they looked like zombies. I guess zombies are people too.
And while Nancarrow's music is more about analytical precision than emotional expression, I found myself surprising touched by the playing of the clarinetist Elisabeth Stimpert (as I was last year by clarinetist Bill Kalinkos).
In a weird coincidence, I happened to listen to Ligeti's Chamber Concerto yesterday afternoon, unaware AWS was playing it that night.