Many, Many Synchronisms

198_davidovsky1It’s a remarkable event: 10 of Mario Davidovsky’s masterful Synchronisms – works for live instrumentalists combined with pre-recorded electronic sound – will be performed on December 8 and 9 in Philadelphia at Holy Apostles & the Mediator Episcopal Church, 260 S. 51st Street. This has been organized by harpist Elizabeth Huston, and you can read more about the concert here. Like the evening of Berio Sequenzas that Elizabeth staged in 2014, this program will position the performers in various spaces throughout the church. Mario was one of the pioneers of the “instrument and tape” genre – folks call it “instrument and fixed media” these days – and nobody has done it better. His Synchronism Nr. 6 for piano and tape won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. Here it is, played by Aleck Karis: