Propositional Music: David Rosenboom Performs at CalArts Weekend 2019

David Rosenboom performs at the Whitney Museum of American Art as part of his career retrospective, “David Rosenboom: Propositional Music,” 2015. Photographer: Paula Court. Photo courtesy of CalArts.

One of the highlights of the 2019 CalArts Weekend (Oct. 11-12) is Saturday’s evening event: Propositional Music: David Rosenboom Portrait Concert. This Wild Beast Concert Series performance honors the work of David Rosenboom, dean of The Herb Alpert School of Music, who steps down in May after 30 years as dean. Free and open to the public, the concert is a celebratory survey of his five-decade-long musical career. 

The program features fellow faculty, students, alums and distinguished guests and begins with a live performance of Portable Gold and Philosophers’ Stones (Deviant Resonances), a composition for brainwaves. Rosenboom’s experimentation with brainwave music began in the 1960s and has since cemented his status as a pioneer in music technology. The performance features Rosenboom alongside performer-composers Sara Belle Reid (Music MFA 15) and Andreas Levisianos (Music DMA 15).

The evening also includes a preview performance of Quartet for the Beginning of a Time (2019). The piece was recently commissioned for and will be performed by the Isaura String Quartet, comprised of Emily Call (Music MFA 13), Madeline Falcone (Music MFA 13), Betsy Rettig (Music MFA 12) and Jonathan Morgan. The world premiere of Quartet for the Beginning of a Time takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at REDCAT, as part of its hum series.

Rosenboom is a composer, theorist, technologist and educator heralded by The New York Times as an “avatar of experimental music.” A similarly named 50-year retrospective of his work, David Rosenboom: Propositional Music, was featured during a three-day series at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2015.

Preceding Saturday’s concert is a pre-concert talk with Rosenboom on Friday, Oct. 11 at 4 pm in G201-202 on the CalArts campus. The artist discusses his prolific career and body of influential work, featuring a special introduction by his daughter Lindsay Rosenboom (Music BFA 11).

Event Details

Propositional Music: David Rosenboom Portrait Concert

Pre-Concert Talk: David Rosenboom on His Work
Friday, Oct. 11, 4-5 pm
CalArts, G201/G202 

Propositional Music: David Rosenboom Portrait Concert
Saturday, Oct. 12, 6 pm
CalArts, Wild Beast
Free, but RSVPs suggested

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