Fans of Giacinto Scelsi may be interested to know that the Montreal artist Charles Stankievech has put together a multimedia installation called Timbral, in honor of Scelsi's music. It will be on display through the end of this week (March 24) at the Parisian Laundry in Montreal. Inspiration came from the famous story of Scelsi playing one note over and over in a psychiatric hospital, not losing his mind but finding the source of his mature style. Last summer, the artist was in residency on the Venetian island of San Servolo, long the home of the local insane asylum. To quote the press release: "Stankievech found a derelict piano once used for music therapy in the asylum, and, for an eleven-hour recording session, reenacted Scelsi’s timbral meditations, pounding away at a single note within the closed remains of the island’s thirteenth-century church."
Photo: Guy L'Heureux