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7 - 14 February 2019: Stereo Spasms Festival: Celebrating Luc Ferrari at 90


Free to attend for Close-Up members, but booking is essential.

Brunhild Ferrari, Ecstatic Peace Library and Close-Up are proud to present a series of talks and discussions focusing on French composer Luc Ferrari’s film works, complementing Café Oto's programme of live-interpretations from Ferrari's compositions. Stereo Spasms Festival is an 8-day programme of concerts, talks, films, readings, installations, and exhibitions, marking the launch of the first English translation of Ferrari's complete works.

Affiliated with French Radio’s Groupe de Musique de Concrète in 1958, Luc Ferrari (1929-2005) broke away to pave his own path of individualistic expressions of minimalist music, audio plays, musical theatre, soundtracks and installations. His groundbreaking works such as Presque Rien (1967-70) rebelled against the rigid institutions of his day and scandalized the French musical establishment. In 1982 Ferrari opened the electro acoustic studio La Muse en Circuit where he continued to compose unique award-winning soundscapes, absorbing such disparate influences as serialism and musique concrète. Luc Ferrari’s works resisted categorization during his lifetime and they continue to surprise, inspire and challenge new generations of artists.

By special arrangement with Mode, INA-GRM, CNRS and ELICA. With thanks to Brunhild Ferrari, Eve Patris Schaeffer, Dorothea Kares and Jacqueline Caux.

Programme 1: The Great Rehearsals: Karlheinz Stockhausen

Filmed in Cologne during the rehearsals for the premiere of this monumental work Momente. The revealing rehearsal sequences with soprano Martina Arroyo and the WDR are interspersed with a rare, intimate conversation with Stockhausen, discussing his childhood, the tragic loss of his mother during the war, and the meaning of this work, inspired by love. read more

Introduced by Thurston Moore. Preceded by drinks reception and Luc Ferrari Film Scores exhibit.

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Momente, Gérard Patris & Luc Ferrari, 1965-1966, 66 min

Programme 2: Far From Equilibrium + Les Jeunes Filles

Luc Ferrari’s directorial debut paired with a scientific/educational film he composed music for. read more

Introduced by Brunhild Ferrari with David Grubbs.

Far From Equilibrium, Alain Bedos & Christian Moncel, 1978, 30 min
Les Jeunes Filles, Luc Ferrari, 1967, 25 min

Programme 3: The Great Rehearsals: Cecil Taylor in Paris

Fascinated by the emergence of American Free Jazz, Luc Ferrari interviews Cecil Taylor in Paris with his band (bassist) Alan Silva, (saxophonist) Jimmy Lyons and (drummer) Andrew Cyrille. read more

Introduced by Thurston Moore.

Cecil Taylor in Paris, Gérard Patris & Luc Ferrari, 1965-1966, 44 min

Programme 4: Presque Rien avec Luc Ferrari

Presque Rien avec Luc Ferrari (Almost Nothing with Luc Ferrari) – which includes sequences filmed at La Chaux De Fonds with musicians from the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain and at his exhibition of Cycle de Souvenirs an audiovisual installation/composition held at Musee des Beaux-Arts – tries to follow the path through electronic as well as instrumental and orchestral music of this prolific and multifaceted composer. read more

Jacqueline Caux in conversation.

Presque Rien avec Luc Ferrari, Jacqueline Caux, 2003, 50 min

Programme 5: Films of GRM: Piotr Kamler

Three abstract films by Polish filmmaker Piotr Kamler with music by Luc Ferrari, including his animated experimental feature film on the creation/manufacturing and distribution of time into the universe. Kamler’s science-fiction inspired films were also scored by composer Iannis Xenakis. read more

Introduced by Brunhild Ferrari.

Etude, Piotr Kamler, 1961, 5'20 min
Chronopolis, Piotr Kamler, 1981-82, 50 min

Programme 6: The Magician’s Apprentice

Deeply influenced by the Surrealists, Gérard Patris and Luc Ferrari made this odd Boris Vian bio-pic on the French polymath (musician, author, poet, translator, Jazz critic…) in an attempt to convey the extent of Vian’s imaginative works in theatre and fiction. read more

Live score (TBC). Introduced by Eva Prinz.

The Magician’s Apprentice, Gérard Patris, 1977, 80 min

Programme 7: The Great Rehearsals: Hommage to Edgard Varèse

As a young man Luc Ferrari boarded a cargo ship to the USA with one aim: to meet Edgard Varèse. Ferrari arrived in Florida and wrote letters to the composer, working odd jobs until saving enough money to take a train to New York City to meet the composer. In 1965 Edgard Varèse would agree to have his rehearsals filmed for this documentary, but sadly passed away just days before the scheduled shoot. The film becomes an homage with several composers and artists in the first half of the film and in the second half, a rehearsal of Varèse’s greatest work Deserts directed by Bruno Maderna. read more

Introduced by Thurston Moore.

Homage to Varèse, Gérard Patris & Luc Ferrari, 1965-1966, 66 min

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Full music programme available at Cafe Oto (tickets sold separately)

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Opening Reception & Luc Ferrari Film Scores exhibit Thursday 07.02.19 5:30 pm
The Great Rehearsals: Karlheinz Stockhausen Thursday 07.02.19 7:00 pm Book
Far From Equilibrium + Les Jeunes Filles Friday 08.02.19 6:00 pm Book
The Great Rehearsals: Cecil Taylor in Paris Saturday 09.02.19 6:00 pm Book
Presque Rien avec Luc Ferrari Sunday 10.02.19 6:00 pm Book
Films of GRM: Piotr Kamler Tuesday 12.02.19 6:00 pm Book
The Magician’s Apprentice Wednesday 13.02.19 6:00 pm Book
The Great Rehearsals: Hommage to Edgard Varèse Thursday 14.02.19 6:00 pm Book