WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Williams College Percussion En semble will present "barcode" on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. in Chapin Hall. This free event is open to the public.
The ensemble performs on an array of percussion instruments, from marimbas to wooden planks and disposable dinnerware on "barcode," a program of hidden codes and sonic maps.
At its center is Juan Felipe Waller’s "Plato Plastic Dia logues," a musical mapping of the topographical features of four disposable plastic plates.
Joan Tower’s "DNA" for a quintet of more conventional percussion instruments is inspired by the spiraling ribbon of double helixes and double strands comprising the building blocks of biological life from which she takes her title.
Eve Beglarian’s "Spherical Music" seeks to achieve an algorithmic music where rule-based events become a kind of magic numerology.
For this performance, the en semble will perform six of its 12 marimba parts live, accompanied by our own recording of the other six parts.
WiPE wraps up its year-long celebration of the John Cage centenary with "Ry oanji" is a set of "songs" for solo instruments and ritualistic percussion ac companiment, its long sinuous sliding lines traced onto paper from stones by the composer.
"The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs" sets a text from James Joyce’s "Finnegan’s Wake" for voice and percussive tapping on the body of the pi ano. The program also includes the new rock of Nick Didkovsky and classic works by David Lang and Steve Reich.