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Public Program
Axial Music
a performance by George Quasha
and Charles Stein


In conjunction with the exhibition
FOOT NOTES:
On the Sensations of Tone

organized by Alastair Noble

Thursday, February 12
7 pm

An evening of axial music with
George Quasha and Charles Stein.


download video (293MB .mp4)
Axial music seeks to discover a type of “conscious sound” by letting go of expertise, skill, and premeditated control from the process of making music. At its core, Axial music strives to achieve an altered and enhanced state of receptivity in which soundings and lingualities (language realities) can emerge. According to axial music originators George Quasha and Charles Stein, to generate this type of sound requires a rigorous practice of listening to the internal logic of the performance as it is being created, moment to moment.

Read more about Quasha, Stein, and axial music here.

This event is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Doors open at 6:30.


George Quasha, poet/artist/musician, explores a 3-term principle (axiality/liminality/configuration) in language, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, and performance. Most recent of some 20 books: in sculpture, Axial Stones: An Art of Precarious Balance (2006, foreword Carter Ratcliff). In poetry, Speaking Animate (preverbs) (2014), Scorned Beauty Comes Up From Behind (preverbs) (2012), Verbal Paradise (preverbs) (2011), and three more of "preverbs" forthcoming this year: The Daimon of the Moment (Talisman House), Glossodelia Attract (Station Hill), and Things Done for Themselves (Marsh Hawk). In art writing: An Art of Limina: Gary Hill’s Works and Writings (2009, with Charles Stein; foreword Lynne Cooke). A 2006 Guggenheim Fellow in video art, his art is: Speaking Portraits, recording over 1000 artists/poets/composers in 11 countries has been exhibited internationally. One-person shows include the Baumgartner Gallery (NYC), The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz), Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), and the Snite Museum of Art (University of Notre Dame). Recipient of an NEA Fellowship in poetry. Co-founder and -publisher of Station Hill Press in Barrytown, New York.

Charles Stein's work comprises a complexly integrated field of poems, prose reflections, translations, drawings, photographs, lectures, conversations, and performances. Born 1944 in New York City, he is the author of thirteen books of poetry including There Where You Do Not Think To Be Thinking: Views From Tornado Island Book 12 (forthcoming from Spuyten Duyvil), a new verse translation of The Odyssey (North Atlantic Books), From Mimir’s Head (Station Hill Press), and The Hat Rack Tree (Station Hill Press). Prose writings include a vision of the Eleusinian Mysteries, Persephone Unveiled (North Atlantic Books), a study of poet Charles Olson’s use of Jung, The Secret of the Black Chrysanthemum (Station Hill Press), and with George Quasha An Art of Limina: Gary Hill's Works & Writings (Ediciones Polígrafa). He holds a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.




Please join us for this apexart event.

apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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