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Nate Wooley & Carol Robinson 

When: Sun., Nov. 2, 8:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $15
If you could only use one word to discuss Eliane Radigue’s career, it’d have to be “patience.” Born in Paris in 1932, she made her entree into electronic music by working as a tape editor and studio assistant to musique-concrete pioneers Pierre Schaefer and Pierre Henry in the 1950s, and she didn’t settle on her ideal instrument, the analog synthesizer, until 1970. Then Radigue devoted three decades to it, developing a technique of applying incremental adjustments of frequency to hour-long streams of sound that pulse and hover with the unhurried regularity of a meditator’s breathing. In 2000, after finishing the 2005 release L’Île Re-sonante, she changed methods dramatically: instead of working alone and committing her electronic music to tape, she now collaborates with musicians who play her pieces on acoustic instruments. On the triple CD Naldjorlak I II III (Shiiin), her sound sources have changed, but her interest in gradually shifting, exquisitely voiced sonorities persists. Tonight Franco-American reedist Carol Robinson and New York-based trumpeter Nate Wooley will present three new, unrecorded pieces by Radigue as well as one work by another French composer, Denis Dufour. —Bill Meyer
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