Act / Shadow, 2006 (excerpt)
Running time: 11:03 minutes / SD / colour
The composer Malcolm Goldstein plays his composition gentle rain preceding mushrooms (in memory of John Cage).
Camera: Sylvia Safdie
Editing: Brigitte Dajczer, Sylvia Safdie
Audio: Composed and performed by Malcolm Goldstein
“The dual-ness of the dual-screen projection accommodates Safdie’s having composed the work as a simultaneous negative-positive projection, so that on the left screen, Goldstein’s bow is black against a white ground, while on the right screen, it’s a ghostly white bow moving through a shadowy black ground. Seen together, they incarnate all the important dualities: left-right, black-white, day-night, and, most profoundly, what poet William Blake called a being’s shadow and “emanation” — its positive or negative meaning in the world.” *
*Dault, Gary Michael, Sylvia Safdie at the Peak Gallery, Globe and Mail, Toronto. Nov. 4, 2006
ABOUT THE MUSICIAN: Malcolm Goldstein is a composer, violinist and improviser who has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s. He received an M.A. in music composition from Columbia University in 1960, having studied with Otto Luening. In the 1960s in New York City, he was a co-founder with James Tenney and Philip Corner of the Tone Roads Ensemble and was a participant in the Judson Dance Theatre, the New York Festival of the Avant-Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then, he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, with solo concerts as well as with new music and dance ensembles.
His “Soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for having “reinvented violin playing”, extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity. He has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts/Inter-Arts (USA), the Massachusetts Council on the Arts, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Conseil des arts et lettres du Québec, as well as numerous commissions from Studio Akustische Kunst/WDR Cologne. In 1994 he received the Prix International award for his acoustic art/radio work “between (two) spaces”.
He has written extensively on improvisation as in his book Sounding the Full Circle. His critical edition of Charles Ives’s “Second String Quartet”, which was commissioned by the Charles Ives Society, is now being prepared for publication.