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Rise Above (somewhere over America)

Get me on the first plane to Manchester, England. Zaha Hadid and her architects have done it again – totally.blown.me.away. I’m innocently purusing the New York Times arts section and what do I see but an article on how they designed a performance space specifically structured to be condusive to the performance of music by Johann Sebastian Bach (or “Big Daddy B” as we affectionately called him during my undergrad days).

*****YES!!!!!!!!!*****

Having been previously involved in research for a concert hall project in Cambridge, MA, structural acoustic stuff like this totally intrigues me. Also, as a musician I guess I’m kind of an sonic safari sucker always out to find the next adventure for my ears. Hmmm, come to think of it that’s why I love Anish Kapoor with the way he plays on the viewer’s perception of his or her physical relationship to the surrounding space. I guess I’m just always craving transportation.

Speaking of…where’s my plane ticket? You read up whilst I pack…

MANCHESTER, England — A rewarding experiment in creating an ideal space to hear some of Bach’s most intimate music — the solo suites for piano, for cello and for violin — is taking place here at the Manchester International Festival. Zaha Hadid Architects was commissioned by the festival to take a top-floor exhibition room at the Manchester Art Gallery and turn what is basically a big black box into an acoustically and visually perfect place for performances of the Bach works. {Continue…}

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