Writing Against Time

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:00pm to Friday, May 2, 2014 - 7:55pm
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Yarn/Wire/Currents, a new and ongoing collaboration of ISSUE and the acclaimed piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire, continues with the premieres of newly commissioned works for the ensemble by Christopher Trapani and Pete Swanson.

Christopher Trapani’s new piece, Writing Against Time, inspired by Micahel Clune’s book of the same name, is about “stopping time”—the sensation of suspension in an enveloping present, prolonging the wonder and enchantment of a new aesthetic discovery. The piece unfolds as a long single line, always pulling forward, never referring back to earlier moments. There is repetition and variation, but no development—an emphasis instead on surface details and transformations in color. Interacting with live electronics, repeated patterns and irrational rhythms create an intricate, colorful collage that draws on a range of disparate sources.

Michael Clune’s book, Writing Against Time, explores the techniques various writers have exploited to evoke the sensation of “stopping time.” Inspired by Clune’s work, Christopher Trapani extends these ideas to the musical realm in his new work. The two will discuss their collaboration and thoughts about “stopping time” in music and literature in this unique pre-concert event.

“Time seems to slow when we perceive something for the first time. The moment of perception swells; the ‘fraction of time’ expands… a gap opens between the time of the clock and neurobiological time… In such moments we get a glimpse of the splendor of eternal life, of unfading color, unerased sensation. But these dilations don’t last. What if they could?”


At 7:00 pm, Christopher Trapani and Author Michael Clune present a Pre-Concert Talk.

This event is free, with a suggested $10 donation. 

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