After attending what was not only my first Lowertown Listening Session, but also my first Zeitgeist concert, I have to say I was completely blown away. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive, as I didn’t know what to expect. However, over the course of the night, I came to find that this concert series is so much more than just a concert. Part performance, part discussion, the Lowertown Listening Sessions proved to be a way to expand your musical knowledge in a fun, relaxed environment.
Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie I is an extremely complex piece, both to perform and understand. One has to have an open mind when listening to the music. This is where the Lowertown Listening Sessions come into play. They act as a stepping-stone, gently exposing patrons to music that they may have never heard before. Had I not been there, I probably wouldn’t know of Stockhausen. And if I did, his music may have seemed intimidating. That is where the listening session format thrives. The performers are there not just to perform, but to make the music accessible to everyone.
The first four Lowertown Listening Sessions are all focused on Stockhausen, leading up to Zeitgeist’s Early Music Festival in April, which is a four-day festival of Stockhausen’s music. These sessions help audiences better understand his music, and can get people prepped for the festival. With open-floor discussion and top-notch performers, they seem to be doing their job wonderfully.
Photos by Jack Flynn
Zeitgeist's next Lowertown Listening Session will be a performance and informal discussion on Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gesang der Jünglinge, a work that integrates human voice and electronic sounds in a setting of text from The Book of Daniel.
Feb. 12th, 5:30 p.m. at Studio Z • Tickets