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"Galapagos in C" - a Unique Symbiosis between Architecture & Music

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IT IS ALL ABOUT ART 

What happens when you mix the enthusiasm of 40 students in architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the canonical musical piece form 1964  "in C" by Terry Riley, the unique architectural improvisations by David Gersten, the unprecedent  musical talent of the pianist and composer Michael Harrison, and the remarkable piano skills of another pianist and composer -  Stuart Isacoff? The answers is simple. A masterpiece called "Galapagos in C". 

The performance was part of two collaborative Architecture studios co-taught by Gersten and Harrison. Gersten led the class "Galapagos Providence" and Harrison led the class "Outside the Guidelines". "In a series of call and response duets, listening and speaking to the paintings within the RISD Museum's Grand Gallery, the work attempts to create a conversation with the room, drawing out the paintings into the sounds of 'In C' using spoken word, sound installations, performative gestures and projections," Michael Harrison say, while explicating the idea behind the project. 

The performance was featured in "The Wall Street Journal".



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