As part of the current UBUNTU festival celebrating the music and arts of South Africa at venues throughout New York City, Carnegie Hall will present the U.S. premiere of Paper Music: A Ciné Concert by William Kentridge and Philip Miller on Monday, October 27.
Paper Music is the latest project in the longtime, ongoing collaboration between perhaps South Africa’s best known visual artist, William Kentridge (who will be on hand to introduce the evening) and the composer Philip Miller. Their artistic partnership dates back to Kentridge’s 1993 film, Felix in Exile – part of his celebrated Soho Eckstein series for which Miller wrote the score. This rare evening features a selection of short-film screenings with live music scored for two voices and piano by Miller, and is a fascinating exploration of the relationships between sound and image.
Highlights include the US premiere of a new suite of songs, titled Paper Music, with a libretto composed of fragments from past Kentridge lectures; plus the first live performance of three films from the critically acclaimed The Refusal of Time. Dealing with the transformation of time into material objects, sound, images and mechanics, The Refusal of Time was originally created as an installation for Documenta 13 and has since been shown around the world, including at the Metropolitan Museum earlier this year.
The Carnegie Hall program will also include a selection of shorts from the artists’ two-decade collaboration – some of which Miller has re-arranged for the context of this live performance. They include Felix in Exile (1994), Tide Table (2003), Other Faces (2011), and a suite of films and music from Kentridge’s Carnets d’Egypte project (2003).
Paper Music will take place at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on Monday, October 27 at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $37.50 to $44. More information at www.carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica/SpecialProjects/.
For more info on UBUNTU: Music and Arts of South Africa, presented by Carnegie Hall, which runs through November 5, 2014, visit www.carnegiehall.org/SouthAfrica.