River Measures, the newest project within music professor Dr. Leanne Zacharias’ Music for Spaces performance research initiative, was commissioned last year by the Austin New Music Co-op and funded through the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the City of Austin.
Unfolding over the course of three days, all nine recitals shared a fundamental structure, but each offered a unique perspective of time and measurement based on natural cycles, repetition and variation. The project was widely regarded as one of the top visual/installation/performance events of 2014 in the capital of Texas.
“Music for Spaces re-imagines concert traditions by exploring all types of space: natural, urban, rural, public, designed with sound and live performance,” says Dr. Zacharias, Professor. “The project is deeply invested in innovative concert design, and creating and discovering new possibilities for exchange between performers, their audience, compositional works, collaboration and space.”