LAUNCHING Yes, But is it Edible? The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

Ooga Booga, CCA WATTIS, Mother Foucault's Portlan, and WESTERN FRONT
Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00am - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:00am

Yes, But Is It Edible?
The music of Robert Ashley, for two or more voices

New Documents is pleased to announce a series of launch events in conjunction with the upcoming release of Yes, But Is It Edible?, a new book on the American composer Robert Ashley edited by Will Holder and Alex Waterman.

For the launches, Holder and Waterman will read duets from the operas. Please join us as we celebrate what has been a book seven years in the making!

September 30: Los Angeles
Tuesday, 7 pm
356 Mission / Ooga Booga
356 S. Mission Road

October 1: San Francisco
Wednesday, 7 pm
CCA Wattis Institute
360 Kansas Street

October 3: Portland
Friday, 7 pm
Mother Foucault's Bookstore
523 SE Morrison St

October 5: Vancouver
Sunday, 7 pm
Western Front
303 East 8th Avenue

Yes, But Is It Edible?

About the Book
Some years ago, Will Holder and Alex Waterman proposed to Robert Ashley that musicians and non-musicians might produce new versions of his operas, by way of typographical scores. The bulk of this book is a result of that proposal: scores for Dust (1998) and Celestial Excursions (2003). These operas’ characters have, until now, been solely produced by and are the stories exchanged between Ashley and his “band” (singers Sam Ashley, Joan La Barbara, Thomas Buckner, and Jacqueline Humbert); in landscapes (technological, imaginary, acoustic, organisational, sonic, ocular) produced by “Blue” Gene Tyranny, Tom Hamilton, David Moodey, Cas Boumans, and Mimi Johnson—the result of a thirty-year relationship. As such, any “scores” were written for this intimate readership. It hadn’t been considered that any one outside this “band” might produce this work.

The scores for Dust and Celestial Excursions are preceded by a selection of Ashley’s work, from 1963 to 2008, drawing attention to the varying relations between instruction and score, and the tones of instructional address. Working with these scores gave us a better sense of how each one produces a specific mode of decision-making, telling us what to put on the pages of the scores, for any reader who follows.

Yes, But Is It Edible? is the fourth in a series of publications produced with or by Will Holder and Alex Waterman that address a musicological perspective on scoring speech and the role of printed matter in collective forms of reading and writing: Agape (Miguel Abreu Gallery, 2007); Between Thought and Sound (The Kitchen, 2008); The Tiger’s Mind (with Beatrice Gibson; Sternberg Press, 2012).

Co-presented with the Western Front, Vancouver.

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23.5 x 29.3 cm, 784 pages
Edition of 2000
ISBN: 978-1-927354-09-4
Ships in November
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