Sound Observations at the Rothko Chapel


Internationally renowned cellist performer and composer Charles Curtis performs the work of Eliane Radigue's Naldjorlak, which is perfectly suited to the meditative sacred space of the chapel.

A graduate of the Juilliard School, Curtis has since been involved with the music department at Princeton University and at the University of California, San Diego, where he has served as professor of contemporary music performance since 2000. Curtis' virtuosity, individual voice and exacting microtonal intonation have resulted in works that can perhaps only be played by him. His collaboration with French composer Éliane Radigue resulted in Radigue's Naldjorlak

Radigue began a career in the avant garde as a student of musique concrète founder Pierre Schaeffer and was studio assistant to musique concrète pioneer Pierre Henry; but her own music took a much different direction. In 1970, she started working on minimalist synthesizer compositions. Her focus on slowly unfolding, meditative, drone-based compositions led her to Tibetan Buddhism, which, in turn, informed her compositions. After decades of commitment to electronic music, Radigue began composing in collaboration with acoustic musicians, applying the same commitment to extremely long drones and exacting attention to overtones that characterized her electronic compositions.

A reception on the plaza follows the program.



Rothko Chapel
3900 Yupon St.
Houston, TX 77006


$10 suggested donation.
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