Saturday, May 14, 2016
Alvin Lucier is 85
Congratulations to Alvin Lucier on his 85th birthday. He's doing very well and actively composing, which for Lucier means continuing to explore the ways in which a pieces of music can be composed so that acoustical phenomena are made more vivid. I'm told that his works-in-progress at this moment include a solo glockenspiel piece in which the attack and sustain are reflected off different walls in the performance space and a quartet for celli in which only bow pressure is used to change the pitches of the open strings. I'm fortunate to be able to call Alvin my teacher (indeed, my Doktorvater) and have worked as his publisher for many years. Here's to many more pieces, many more years!