Vexations, 3 am
“Pour se jouer 840 fois de suite ce motif, il sera bon de se préparer au préalable, et dans le plus grand silence, par des immobilités sérieuses.” (“In order to play the theme 840 times in succession, it would be advisable to prepare oneself beforehand, and in the deepest silence, by serious immobilities.”)
Join us at Jack Straw Productions as a rotating cast of pianists plays through Erik Satie’s infamous “Vexations” theme 840 times, as suggested by the composer’s vexatiously enigmatic note on the original manuscript. The performance will start at 4:00pm on Saturday, May 15th, and end after the piece has been played exactly 840 times (approximately 18-24 hours later). To our knowledge, this will be the first time this has been done in Seattle.
I’ll be performing at 3-4 am. Stop by to say hi!