Immersive and powerful solo organ performance that slowly builds over six hours in the peaceful environment of the Church of St Thomas the Martyr, the second event in the Charlemagne Palestine Trilogy. Palestine fully embraces the giant scale of the instrument, using all its pipes to play many tones at once that magically vibrate and combine in the air. This performance was last heard on one of the world’s largest pipe organs at the First Congregational Church, Los Angeles, (2009) and at St Giles Church, London, (2008). Durational experience is at the heart of Palestine’s work, despite his affiliation with minimalist composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich he prefers to describe himself as a maximalist.
Charlemagne Palestine is an American composer, performer, and visual artist. A contemporary of Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Phill Niblock, and Steve Reich, Palestine wrote intense, ritualistic music in the 1970s. A composer-performer originally trained to be a cantor he always performed his own works as soloist. His earliest works were compositions for carillon and electronic drones, and he is perhaps best known for his intensely performed piano works. He also performs as a vocalist, singing long tones with gradually shifting vowels and overtones while moving through the performance space.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 10, in partnership with Church of St Thomas the Martyr.