13/05/31/17:00 James Tenney: Having Never Written a Note for Percussion

A beautiful piece, both for its sparse but specific notation, and for the indescribable acoustic phenomenon that is created with each performance.

"In James Tenney’s “Koan: Having Never Written A Note For Percussion” a single note is to be played as an extended roll on an unspecified percussion instrument [here tam tam], displaying an arch from low to loud to low. The piece lasts in excess of 17 minutes in this hallucinatory performance by Matthias Kaul. It’s just to stay perched on your skeleton and let the properties of time cleanse the elementary particles of your anatomy while you’re intensely involved in this out-of-the-body experience! It’s just like leaving your vehicle at the car wash!"