No Exit Presents: andPlay – Translucent Harmonies at SPACES
No Exit is pleased to present the incomparable NYC-based duo andPlay (violinist Maya Bennardo and violist Hannah Levinson) at SPACES on May 11 at 7:00 pm. andPlay’s Translucent Harmonies allows listeners to deeply immerse themselves in sound, silence, and resonance. This hour-long program includes Vid stenmuren blir tanken blomma by Kristofer Svensson (Sweden) and Prisma Interius VIII by Catherine Lamb (USA), both composed in Just Intonation. The rare experience to hear a full program in Just Intonation invites one to listen in a very detailed way to the “sensation of tone.” This shifts the concept of intonation, which is often unnoticed by the listener, to the foreground, where it becomes a focal point to explore the most simple, yet nuanced, relationships in sound.
Though the evening is one curated experience, the two pieces complement each other in their form. Lamb, in her chant-like work, uses droned pitches to slowly build the relationships between notes and intervals, transforming them into longer phrases. Alternatively, Svensson creates their work out of silence, with brief melodic fragments appearing against a backdrop of silence and noise. Together, they pause time — guiding the audience through an alternate reality where there is ample opportunity to sit and listen.
As always, No Exit’s concerts are free and open to the public. For the safety of all present, masks are recommended. Please check with the venue to find their Covid safety policies.