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Chalkboard - Barbara Held (transverse flute)

19:0019:45 h
Venue: MACBA
Plaça dels Àngels, 1
08001 Barcelona
Price: Free event
Performance

Christian Marclay’s interactive installation Chalkboard (2010) invites visitors to write notes, drawings or graffiti on a architecturally-scaled chalkboard ruled with musical staff lines. Periodically, this “score” is interpreted by musicians. Once a concert is finished, the board is cleared and the process begins again until the next. Despite being a piece of musical notation, the work subverts the classical composition and the conventional score offering this degree of freedom to the public as well as to the musicians.

Barbara Held is a flutist and composer based in Barcelona. Her practice as a classically trained musician gives priority to a lifetime of collaboration, of interdisciplinary work in relation to other artists.  Known for her subtle exploration of the minutae of sonic material, she creates sensitive, focused sound work that exposes the detail of the physical space of listening in equal part to a keen attention to how we listen as bodies moving through the world. She has commissioned and performed a very personal body of new repertoire for flute by artists including Alvin Lucier, Carles Santos and Joan Brossa, and was flutist with New York’s Bowery Ensemble, a group with close ties to Cage and Feldman.