Augustin Maurs's Bach Suites in the Dark offers a unique approach to Bach’s Cello Suites. After of years of investigation, the Suites are removed from the concert hall and placed in an unilluminated space, in which the cellist repeatedly plays them over a period of ten days. Through the extended timeframe and the elimination of any visual input, the listener and the playing musician are unified within the same visual and musical space.

Originally conceived as studies, Bach’s Cello Suites are a series of dances written around 1720. Although unaccompanied, they are expansive polyphonic musical masterpieces, considered both the beginning and culmination of the cello repertoire. Uncertainty about the original creative intentions of the Suites invites perpetual debate and allows imaginative free reign for redefining the environment in which they are played. Bach Suites in the Dark removes the Suites from the concert hall explores their malleability and the notion of practice in which they are rooted.

Augustin Maurs studied at CRR Paris and at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. In addition to touring internationally as a cellist, he has dedicated his career to the development of different forms of music making. Drawing upon the idea of interpretation, he often transports the musical experience outside the musical field, leading to numerous projects and collaborations including the contemporary music ensemble KNM, the Berliner Philharmonie, the soundmuseum.fm, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and the Deutsche Guggenheim. His recent projects have involved visual artists including Saâdane Afif, Annika Larsson, and Tino Sehgal. Augustin Maurs is the founder of the Berlin-based project platform written-not-written.

Opening Reception:
October 17, 6:00-8:00pm 

Closing Artist Talk:
October 27, 6:00pm

Concert Exhibition:
October 18, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 19, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 20, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 23, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 24, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 25, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 26, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 27, 3:00-6:00pm 

Free Admission

Goethe-Institute New York, Wyoming Building 5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery) New York, NY 10003

French Cellist Augustin Maurs: Bach Suites in the Dark

When
Oct 17 - 27, 2013
Where
Goethe-Institute New York, Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd Street (at Bowery)
New York, NY 10003

Augustin Maurs's Bach Suites in the Dark offers a unique approach to Bach’s Cello Suites. After of years of investigation, the Suites are removed from the concert hall and placed in an unilluminated space, in which the cellist repeatedly plays them over a period of ten days. Through the extended timeframe and the elimination of any visual input, the listener and the playing musician are unified within the same visual and musical space.

Originally conceived as studies, Bach’s Cello Suites are a series of dances written around 1720. Although unaccompanied, they are expansive polyphonic musical masterpieces, considered both the beginning and culmination of the cello repertoire. Uncertainty about the original creative intentions of the Suites invites perpetual debate and allows imaginative free reign for redefining the environment in which they are played. Bach Suites in the Dark removes the Suites from the concert hall explores their malleability and the notion of practice in which they are rooted.

Augustin Maurs studied at CRR Paris and at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin. In addition to touring internationally as a cellist, he has dedicated his career to the development of different forms of music making. Drawing upon the idea of interpretation, he often transports the musical experience outside the musical field, leading to numerous projects and collaborations including the contemporary music ensemble KNM, the Berliner Philharmonie, the soundmuseum.fm, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, and the Deutsche Guggenheim. His recent projects have involved visual artists including Saâdane Afif, Annika Larsson, and Tino Sehgal. Augustin Maurs is the founder of the Berlin-based project platform written-not-written.

Opening Reception:
October 17, 6:00-8:00pm 

Closing Artist Talk:
October 27, 6:00pm

Concert Exhibition:
October 18, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 19, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 20, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 23, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 24, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 25, 5:00-8:00pm 
October 26, 3:00-7:00pm 
October 27, 3:00-6:00pm 

Free Admission

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