This was a concert by the MEV group from Rome promoted by the Blackie at the Bluecoat Concert Hall on the 28th of October followed by a workshop on the 29th Oct at the Blackie. Below is taken from the Press Release.
"The group,which consists of 9 performers/composers, work with tapes and complex electronics in combination with traditional instruments and features of the environment in which the performers are situated. Sounds may originate both inside and outside the performing - listening space and may move freely within and around it.
The group was formed in Rome in 1966 by the American composers Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, and Frederic Rzewski and soon acquired international recognition for its work. MEV has made a series of tours throughout Europe performing at festivals, in concert halls, theatres, museums, churches, schools, universities, art galleries, bookstores, clubs, cafes, cinemas, occupied factories, prisons, radio and television, films and in the street. They are due to release an L.P. of their improvising called by the name of the group next week, on the Polydor label."
Below is a copy of the Programme covering both the Concert at the Bluecoats and the Open Workshop at the Blackie followed by information on MEV - how it works and what it is trying to achieve.
Frederic Rzewski- electronics, etc.
Alvin Curran - flugelhorn, etc.
Richard Teitelbaum - Moog synthesiser
Franco Cataldi - trombone, etc Ivan Coaquette - violin, etc.
Bert van Erk - electronics, etc.
Street Music Frederic Rzewski
Sticks Christian Wolff
Moonlight Sonata Beethoven -Giuseppe Chiari
Circles Bert van Erk
In Tune Richard Teitelbaum
Rounds Alvin Curran
Musica Electronic Viva
THE SOUND POOL
collective divination music
"throw your sound into the pool
read your future from the manner in which it sinks or floats"
The MEV Group of Rome
MEV - "Musica Electronica Viva" - is by now a familiar name to persons attentive to the most recent developments in music. Formed in Rome in 1966 by the American composers Allan Bryant, Alvin Curran, Jon Phetteplace, and Frederic Rzewski, the group soon acquired interÂnational recognition for its work combining techniques of composition and group improvisation in live-electronic music. After a year of concert activity in Rome, MEV made a series of tours through out Europe in 1967-68, giving over 100 concerts in 30 cities, performing at festivals, and in concert halls. In addition to performances of works by individual composers (besides members of MEV: Austin, Behrman, Cage, Cardew, Chiari, Gelmetti, Kosugi, Lucier), the group's collective work Spacecraft was presented in about 80 public concerts; a recording of one of these will be released shortly by TIME records. In the summer and fall of 1968 MEV appeared in the festivals of Avignon and Palermo, toured Italy, and performed every night for six weeks at the MEV studio at 27, Via Pietro Peretti, Rome. These studio performances will continue in 1969 on a twice-weekly basis (every Friday and Saturday from 9 to 11 p.m., open to the public and free of charge) during the periods when the group is in Rome. This spring MEV will re-visit Paris and London. Another extensive tour of Europe is planned for the fall of 1969, and a tour of the United States beginning in February 1970.
The music of MEV is open in every sense. Form and content are variable according to circumstance. Tapes and complex electronics - R. A. Moog Synthesizer, brainwave amplifiers, photocell-mixer for movement of sound in space - are combined with traditional instruments, everyday objects, and the environment itself, amplified by means of contact-mikes, or new Sounds may origiÂnate both inside and outside the performing-listening space and may move freely within and around it. Jazz, rock, primitive and Oriental musics, Western classical tradition, verbal and organic sound both individual and collective may all be present. Composition and improvisation contain each other. Composed pieces are introduced, in whole or in part, and without programming, into the free duration of a concert, which may begin before the arrival of an audience and end after its departure. Improvisations are constructed on and around a composed scaffolding that is treated like an instrument with movable parts. The temporal, harmonic, and timbral structure of the whole is the unforeseeable combined result of free choices made by all of the individuals concerned.
The composition of the group is variable. The nucleus consists generally of between five and ten persons. (Among those who play or have played with MEV are: Allan and Barbara Bryant, FreÂderic and Nicole Rzewski, Jon Phetteplace, Alvin Curran, Edith Schloss) Richard Teitelbaum, Ivan Vandor, Carol Plantamura, Steven ben Israel, Steve Lacy, France Cataldi, Ivan and Patricia Coaquette.). MEV is a performing group, a waystation, and a school where older and younger learn from each other and play together on the same stage. Friends and guests regularly sit in. It is normal and natural for members of the audience to participate.
MEV performances have taken place in the most varied circumstances: in festivals, concert halls, theatres, museums, churches, schools, universities, art galleries, bookstores, clubs, cafes, cinemas, occupied factories, prisons, radio and television, film and in the streets.