Taking its inspiration from the continuous staircases of M. C. Escher, Ever Ascending by BYU faculty composer Dr. Steve Ricks searches for sound-based connections to Escher’s optical illusions. By placing the performers—pianist Laurent Durupt and percussionist Rémi Durupt—in different locations in the MOA, and through the use of multiple instruments and electronic sounds and effects, Ricks plans to create a rich aural landscape with shifting textures, interlocking lines, and sounds that will truly trick the ear. In addition, artist David Chapman Lindsay will create original animations based on Escher’s work that will be part of the performance. Part sound installation, part concert piece, Ever Ascending will provide listeners with a unique musical experience they won’t experience anywhere else. Whether you come for the whole “sound event,” or just stop in for a few minutes, we hope you’ll join us for this interesting musical collaboration with the current MOA exhibition, M.C. Escher: Other Worlds.
Laurent Durupt and Rémi Durupt appear in this performance as part of their US tour. Visit their websites here:
Visit David Chapman Lindsay’s website here:
The appearance of the Durupt brothers and Mr. Lindsay are made possible by grants from the Laycock Center and Barlow Endowment.
Steven Ricks (b. 1969) is described in BBC Music Magazine as a composer “unafraid to tackle big themes.” His works often include a strong narrative influence and theatrical flare. His monodrama Medusa in Fragments—for amplified piano, surround-sound electronics, and video soprano—is a multimedia tour-de-force that has been performed at festivals and venues around the world by pianist Keith Kirchoff. His music is performed and recorded by several leading artists and ensembles, including the Manhattan String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, Talujon Percussion (NY), Hexnut (Amsterdam, NE), Links Ensemble (Paris, FR), Earplay (SF), Empyrean Ensemble (SF), and violinist Curtis Macomber (NY). His commissions include a Fromm Music Foundation Commission and several Barlow Endowment commissions, including a 2017 Barlow commission for New York-based musicians Dan Lippel (guitar) and the ensemble Counter Induction. His third portrait CD, Young American Inventions, was released by New Focus Recordings in June 2015, and is described by Seattle-based music blog Second Inversion as “innovative, ambitious, and diverse.” He holds degrees in music composition from Brigham Young University (BM), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM), and the University of Utah (PhD), and also received a Certificate in Advanced Musical Studies (CAMS) from King’s College London in 2000. He is a professor in the BYU School of Music where he teaches music theory and composition, and directs the electronic music studio.
His website is http://stevericks.com/