Ben Patterson: Methods and Processes – Tonight in Philadelphia


DECEMBER 14, 2018

4014 Walnut St Philadelphia PA 19104

Bowerbird and the Arcana New Music Ensemble are excited to present the music of Ben Patterson (1934-2016), an important and under-recognized leader of the early Fluxus movement, an international, interdisciplinary community of experimental artists that began in the early 1960s. The program represents Patterson’s wide range of compositional strategies. For example – Paper Piece (for 1 to 5 performers) is a text score that invites musicians to – “shake, break, tear, crumple” – paper in an improvisatory exploration of its sonic properties. String Music on the other hand is a graphic score with detailed performance instructions and intricate notation more reminiscent of Stockhausen’s Kontakte.