Either/Or, the new-music ensemble formed in 2004 by the composer and pianist Richard Carrick and the percussionist David Shively, is devoted to a species of avant-garde composition in which concepts like tonality, serialism and Minimalism are beside the point. This is a world where pure sound and texture are of greater interest than form and syntax. That’s not to say that form and syntax are outlawed, but works in the Either/Or repertory are just as likely to be governed by game theory as by standard notions of musical structure.
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