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Recommended by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York
Recommended by The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Time Out New York

Eliane Radigue & Xavier Veilhan

Thu, Sept 19 at 8pm
FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
Part of the Hermès Foundation’s New Settings program

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“Free, independent, and unclassifiable, Eliane Radigue inspires us.”
Vogue Paris

"Elaine Radigue… an electronic music pioneer.”
The Guardian

Crossing the Line 2013’s opening weekend kicks off with a unique collaboration between pioneering French electronic music composer Eliane Radigue and renowned French artist Xavier Veilhan, called an “inventive sculptor and multimedia wizard” by The New York Times.

The two-part performance begins with a sensory art installation, interpreted by five performers who breathe life into inanimate objects through simple movements (by sherman). Gradually, it gives way to Eliane Radigue's work for solo harp performed by illustrious British harpist Rhodri Davies, creating an immersive, continuous soundscape.

This is the first piece in the partnership between Crossing the Line and the Hermès Foundation’s New Settings program.

Hermès Foundation (Fondation d'entreprise Hermès)

Co-presented with the Hermès Foundation’s New Settings program

FIAF, Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
Btwn Madison & Park Aves
New York, NY 10022

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Eliane Radigue
Eliane Radigue was born in Paris in 1932. She studied electroacoustic music techniques at RTF under Pierre Shaeffer and Pierre Henry, later becoming Henry's assistant at the Studio Apsome. She has had residencies at the New York University School of the Arts, at the University of Iowa, and at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1975, Radigue became a disciple of Tibetan Buddhism. After four years of study, she began a large-scale cycle of works based on the life of the eleventh century Tibetan master Milarepa. Three recordings of this work, “Songs of Milarepa,” “Jetsun Mila,” and “Mila's Joumey Inspired By A Dream,” have been released by Lovely Music. Radigue's music has been performed throughout Europe and the United States. She currently lives in France, where she continues to compose electronic music and to study the teachings of the Tibetan lamas.

Xavier Veilhan
Xavier Veilhan is a French artist born in 1963. He lives and works in Paris. Although inspired by a classical art vocabulary, his work is embedded in the modernist legacy. Sculptural, photographic or scenic, his creations show an interest in spaces where the public becomes an actor. Xavier Veilhan has exhibited worldwide in Paris, New York, Miami, Tokyo,and Seoul. In 2009, he presented a large scale exhibition in the Château de Versailles. Most recently, Xavier Veilhan has turned his attention to the context of the presentation of his work through his project entitled Architectones which aims to blur the borders between art and architecture, following the style of Kasimir Malevitch. He decided to occupy different leading sites of the modernist legacy, from Constantin Melnikovs’s house in Moscow (1929) to that of Richard Neutra in Los Angeles (1932- 1964).

Rhodri Davies
Rhodri Davies was born in 1971 in Aberystwyth, Wales and now lives in Gateshead in the northeast of England. He plays harp, electric harp, and live-electronics and builds wind, water and fire harp installations. His regular groups include: a duo with John Butcher, The Sealed Knot, a trio with David Toop and Lee Patterson, Common Objects, Cranc, a trio with John Tilbury and Michael Duch, SLW and Apartment House. He also performs and researches contemporary music. New pieces for harp have been composed for him by Eliane Radigue, Phill Niblock, Christian Wolff, Ben Patterson, Alison Knowles, Michael Pisaro, Carole Finer, Mieko Shiomi, Radu Malfatti and Yasunao Tone. In 2012 he was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Grants to Artists Award.


Opening Night (view photos)



Critic’s Notebook: A Composer, Not Easy to Peg, Is Heard Through Others
The New York Times, Sept 23, 2013

Occam's Razor: In Defense of Drone
Hyperallergic, Sept 23, 2013



The New York Times
Sept 15, 2013

This Week In NY
Sept 15, 2013

The New Yorker
Sept 12, 2013

Time Out New York Critics' Pick
Sept 12, 2013
Sept 12, 2013

Sept 12, 2013

France Amérique
Aug 29, 2013

Proud Presenting Sponsor of Crossing the Line 2013:
Lead Sponsors: Air France and Delta Air Lines, the official airlines of FIAF; Florence Gould Foundation
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