INOVA’s summer exhibition The Uncertainty of Enclosure: Leo Saul Berk explores the significance of the unconventional architecture of Bruce Goff (1904-1982) on the work of visual artist Leo Saul Berk. Bruce Goff is remembered as one of America’s most creative and iconoclastic architects. But his creative energy was not limited to architecture and design, it encompassed painting and music as well. In a world premiere performance, the Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion will play new arrangements of Goff’s unique piano compositions at a special concert on June 11, at 7:30 pm in the Kenilworth Building of UWM’s Peck School of the Arts.
Goff was a great lover of music, in particular Balinese music and the works of composer Claude Debussy. In the 1930’s, Goff tried his hand at music composition, hand-cutting the paper “rolls” used in player pianos to create music that is, like so much of his output, unique, daring and endlessly creative. Third Coast Percussion’s David Skidmore has arranged a selection of Goff’s music for percussion instruments in an attempt to capture Goff’s fascinating experimentation into the correlation between the visual (the piano rolls themselves, as they unfold throughout the composition) and the aural, musical result.
The evening length concert — The Source — will also include Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of Wood, Timo Andres’s Austerity Measures, and John Cage’s Third Construction.