A symphony of stones, strings, and sopranos is set for Sunday.
The Rhythm Method Quartet will perform The Once and Future Maiden at Noguchi Museum in Long Island City on Sunday, Feb. 5, at 3 p.m. It’s free with admission.
The string-heavy group, which features Alice Teyssier on flute and soprano for this gig, will play classical and contemporary compositions that deal with portraits of women in life and death. The idea is to honor the museum’s namesake, founder, and main contributor — Isamu Noguchi — who sought balance between figuration and abstraction in his work and life.
The concert complements two of his 1934 sculptures – “Birth” and “Death” – which are on view together in the gallery for the first time ever.
The Rhythm Method Quartet will present two songs that were made specifically for this show. One composer, Anne Lanzilotti, created sounds with drumsticks and some of Noguchi’s obsidian sounding stones to get the inspiration for the piece that she will debut. Meanwhile, Leah Asher will debut “If We Should Meet, Here,” which she composed in close collaboration with the performers.
Attendees can also expect to hear Dai Fujikura’s “silence seeking solace,” which leaps from whimsical warmth to desolate cold. The soprano whispers and chants during this song, weaving through the band’s sounds. Also on the list is this Japanese composer’s “Deconstructing Franz,” which is a response to the classic Franz Schubert work “Death and the Maiden.”
The concert is part of the Artists at Noguchi series, which brings contemporary dancers, writers, designers, musicians, and other creative types to the 33rd Road museum each month.
Top image: Dai Fujikura; bottom image: Rhythm Method