‘Fragments of Forgotten Frequencies’ Saturday in Nevada City
Ludi Hinrichs is no stranger to unusual and unique music. For the last 45 years he has been intrigued and drawn to cultures from all across the planet, especially those of Asia, Australia, and the Far East.
At 8 p.m. Saturday at the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, the audience will get a taste with his “Fragments of Forgotten Frequencies.”
“After classical piano and trombone studies at a St. Louis conservatory and jazz composition at the Berklee School in Boston, the search for essential music was not over for me,” he said.
One year later he found himself on a remote part of Vancouver Island with a mathmetician-composer named John Greyson, learning musical ratios, building a monochord, (a sort of universal tuner, as used by Pythagoras in the 4th century BCE) and holding workshops for the local school kids who would come to a converted barn to discover oversized musical playground toys that Greyson had built under a Canadian Arts Council grant.
Hinrichs found this deeply transforming, and little did he realize that some of the other pioneers in this field, to whom he was exposed, would later become teachers and collaborators.
These included three composers: Lou Harrison, La Monte Young, and Terry Riley.
“For me, the gist of these experiences was that, no, these ancient sounds and efforts haven’t disappeared into the dustbins of the ‘modern era’ but are accessible, usable and awaiting an appreciative listener,” Hinrichs said.
Hinrichs feels the purpose and use of most contemporary music has turned toward entertainment and distraction, and that in times past this was not the case.
The possibilities for frequency healing and self- discovery may have been on the front burner and there were many choices before the universal tuning system we now use, called equal temperament, limited and oversimplified those natural tunings.
Musicians Joe Fajen, and Bill Douglass — well-known to Bay Area and Nevada County music audiences for their many contributions — will be joining Hinrichs in bringing tonings, tunings and melodies from our deep heritage to the North Columbia Schoolhouse — 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City — as it is one of the most “resonant chambers” in the area, and the room is “perfect” for the flutes, harps and other pipes and strings they will bring. Voice harmonics (tonings) will be a part of the performance.
A few select jazz pieces inspired by Thelonious Monk will compliment the evening’s journey.
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