Aluminum Forest: Sonic Installations and Improvisations at the American Academy in Rome
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, public access to the concert may be limited; a documentary video will be available after the event.
Distributed across the grounds of the Villa Aurelia, this program will create a soundscape responsive to the compound’s expansive gardens and varied structures. Listeners will encounter sound mirrors playing with birdsong, musicians responding to a track of Roman voices, and a set of automated windchimes that will make music from human gestures and natural breezes. Collaborative performances and a sonic procession will punctuate the event. Inhabiting a peaceful urban oasis, this site-specific concert will also draw in sounds from the surrounding city of Rome.
The participating composers are: Katherine Balch, 2021 Elliott Carter Rome Prize in Musical Composition; William Dougherty, 2021 Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Musical Composition; Steve Parker, 2021 Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize in Design; and Ted Moore, a Chicago-based composer, improviser, and multimedia artist.