Michael Gordon's Field of Vision

  • Mon, Jul 25, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)

    2980 New York 66
    Chatham, New York 12037
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In collaboration with Crellin Community Park and as part of the 2022 Pathways festival, Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision, with its dozens of percussionists, take over PS21’s trails and adjacent lands.  Bring a chair or a blanket to kick back, relax, and enjoy the performance!

Free and for all ages, Field of Vision is a large-scale, site-specific work adapted to each location where it is performed. Featuring 36 percussionists directed by Doug Perkins, the musicians play specially constructed and tuned percussion instruments, industrial metals, wood, and gongs. These instruments are highly resonant, designed to produce a complex spectrum of overtones and reverberations. The large number of percussionists and the vast playing field highlights the perspective and the architectural movement of sound. Composer Michael Gordon describes this perspective of sound as one that moves from two-dimensional art into the realm of three-dimensional art. In Field of Vision, sound is never a flat line; it takes on multiple roles in space and time, resulting in waves of moving sound with varying densities that induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state in both the audience and the performers.

The ensemble for The Field of Vision, an hour-long work, is composed of the University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble, participants from the So Percussion Summer Institute, and conductor Doug Perkins, director of percussion studies at the University of Michigan. The work is conceived as one that extends throughout a large space where the performers travel from place to place while the audience remains seated or moves  about as the music requires. Its mobile nature permits it to be easily reimagined and reconfigured for any new setting. 

Attendees will be required to provide proof of full vaccination (two shots and at least one booster), or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of performance, or a negative antigen test the day of the event. Masks are optional.

Date & Time

Mon, Jul 25, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Venue Details

PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)

2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037 PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)
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