IC Rapoport

How with this rage shall beauty…

As the day of the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster nears, I am reposting this:

How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea… —Shakespeare, Sonnet 65

ABERFAN WALES 1966

“Rain Sequence”, pianos, Aberfan — it has just started to rain.  In this demo sample, as single pianos enter one after the other, you hear the gradual dissolution of harmony.

Aberfan (7 pianos, percussion, voice and tools of rescue)  is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Contributions are tax deductible.  Please support the making of this recording.

Photo by IC Rapoport, Aberfan, 1966

Raining from “Aberfan”

Today it’s raining.  I can hear the drops on our metal roof.  This is how it was when I was working on the Rain Sequence of Aberfan — realizing that rain falls haphazardly, scattershot, as if random.  Yet it is a precisely created pattern.

Here is the very beginning of Aberfan, a few minutes of rainone piano entering after the other.

Aberfan is a sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.  Please make a donation towards its recording here.

Photograph IC Rapoport, Aberfan 1966

“Aberfan” on Northern Star Radio

Going into GCTV at noon today to record an interview about Aberfan with host Jackie Rose for “Northern Star Radio” on Greenfield’s station, WMCB, 107.9 FM.

Airs this coming Friday, May 29th, 6-7PM, and Sunday, May 31st, 5-6PM and again next week, June 5th, 6-7PM, and Sunday, June 7th, 5-6PM.  Streaming on the web @ WMCB.net.  Listen Live!