A musical talk
Morton Feldman was a big, brusque Jewish guy from Woodside, Queens—the son of a manufacturer of children’s coats. He worked in the family business until he was forty-four years old, and he later became a professor of music at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He died in 1987, at the age of sixty-one. To almost everyone’s surprise but his own, he turned out to be one of the major composers of the twentieth century, a sovereign artist who opened up vast, quiet, agonizingly beautiful worlds of sound. He was also one of the greatest talkers in the recent history of New York City, and there is no better way to present him on stage than to let him speak for himself.
In Morton Feldman Says we put the loud, brash, at times slightly vulgar Feldman at center stage. Or to be precise, we present the man behind the music, with all of his unpretentiousness and gentle subversiveness, for an hour of examination.
Morton Feldman: Markus Zett; Questioners: Susanne Gschwendtner, Anna Mendelssohn, Anat Stainberg, Yosi Wanunu
Composition: Martin Siewert; Visuals: Michael Strohmann; Text: Morton Feldman
Live Music: Martin Siewert (guit, lap- & pedal steel, elec), Christian Weber (doublebass)
Directed and designed by Yosi Wanunu
Produced by Kornelia Kilga
Tanzquartier Wien/ Feb 2 – 4, 2017