Other Minds Presents a celebration of the music and art of Dane Rudhyar (1895–1985), September 27 and 29, 2010.


Sep 27 2010 - 6:30pm
Dane Rudhyar 1917Dane Rudhyar 1917"His [Dane Rudhyar's] music does not have to be explained; it is the explanation of a puzzle of human existence; it is an answer to a question that was never asked." –Nicolas Slonimsky

Now, 25 years after Rudhyar's death (9/13/85 in San Francisco), Other Minds presents a celebration of the work of this "seed man" of the avant-garde, with performers David Abel and Julie Steinberg (violin and piano), Sarah Cahill (piano), and the Ives Quartet. The September 27 program will also include a pre-concert panel discussion with the composer's widow Leyla Rudhyar Hill, and biographer Deniz Ertan (University of Nottingham), moderated by Other Minds Artistic Director Charles Amirkhanian. A special exhibition of Rudhyar's paintings, manuscripts, and correspondence will be displayed at both concerts.

Dane Rudhyar (1895–1985) was a unique figure in 20th-century American culture: a composer, thinker, painter, poet, novelist, and the pre-eminent figure in astrology. Rudhyar was American modernism's proto-multiculturalist. He connected dissonance to his studies in comparative religion, theosophy, and metaphysics, was a leader and mentor to fellow composers Henry Cowell, Ruth Crawford Seeger and Carl Ruggles, and later influenced a new generation including John Cage, Lou Harrison, James Tenney, and Kyle Gann.

Concert Program* (same for both dates):
Poem for Violin and Piano (1920)
Works for solo piano:
, tone sequence in seven movements (1976)
    Stars from Pentagram No. 3 (1925)
    Granites (1929)
Crisis & Overcoming (String Quartet No. 2) (1979)

David Abel & Julie Steinberg (violin and piano)
Sarah Cahill (piano)
Ives String Quartet (Bettina Mussumeli, Susan Freier, Jodi Levitz, Stephen Harrison)

*Music sales and rentals available from ACA