Trimpin: Coincidence, Music, Memory, and Meaning

Trimpin and Paul DeMarinis with Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, May 5, 2011 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All

An artist, inventor, engineer, and composer, Trimpin (who uses only his last name) has never been represented by a gallery, a dealer, or a manager. He has neither a cell phone nor a website. Yet his freewheeling sculptures and experiments with sound are cherished by artists, musicians, and museumgoers all over the world.

As a young person in southwestern Germany in the 1950s, Trimpin was haunted by the fact that in the Nazi era, the Jews from his town had all been deported to the internment camp at Gurs, near the Spanish-French border. The Gurs Zyklus, Trimpin's new multimedia stage performance about this, will be presented by Stanford Lively Arts on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00pm.

Join Trimpin and Stanford art professor, Paul DeMarinis, for a conversation that explores art, sound, history, and possible human futures.

Go here details and tickets for the performance of Trimpin's The Gur Zyklus on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00pm.
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Art + Invention Speaker Series (2):
Creative Collaboration: Steve Reich and Beryl Korot

Steve Reich and Beryl Korot with Vered Shemtov and Mark Gonnerman

Thursday, January 7, 2010 | 7:30pm | Pigott Theater | Free and Open to All. Limited seating: arrive early.

From his early taped speech pieces It's Gonna Rain (1965) and Come Out (1966), to his and video artist Beryl Korot's digital video opera Three Tales (2002), composer Steve Reich's path has embraced not only aspects of Western classical music, but the structures, harmonies, and rhythms of non-Western and American vernacular music, particularly jazz. Beryl Korot is a pioneer of video installation art and has exhibited works in museums in Europe, the U.S. and Japan since 1974. Her recent collaborations with her husband, Steve Reich, have brought video installation art into the context of contemporary music theater. In this second conversation in our Art + Invention series, we will explore two works produced by this creative couple: The Cave (1990-93), a music theater video piece exploring the Biblical story of Abraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael and Isaac and Three Tales (2002), which presents three parables of technology run amok: the crash of the German airship Hindenburg, the testing of atomic bombs on Bikini Atoll, and a preview of possible trouble to come with the birth of artificial intelligence and cloning.

Presented with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies.

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An Evening with Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass

Leonard Cohen and Philip Glass with Alan Acosta

Monday, October 8, 2007 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Memorial Auditorium | Free and Ticketed

In anticipation of Stanford Lively Arts’ West Coast premiere of Book of Longing, the Aurora Forum and Lively Arts present Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen together in conversation about their lives, works, and this unique collaboration.
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The Beatles on the Brain

Daniel Levitin and Nick Bromell with Jonathan Beger

Thursday, February 21, 2008 | 7:30 – 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Forty years have passed since the Beatles released The White Album, introducing "Blackbird," "Rocky Raccoon," "Sexy Sadie," "Helter Skelter" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" into the cultural lexicon. Please join us for a conversation with three Stanford alums whose research explores the musical and cultural innovations that made the Beatles a powerful force for innovation in society and the arts.
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