Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics, Oliver Ranch (July 12, 2009)
On Sunday, July 12, 2009, the Magnes took 53 guests up to the Oliver Ranch in Geyserville for one of the debut performances of Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics. The group was met with the monolithic beauty of Ann Hamilton’s Acoustic Tower Project.

Composer Shahrokh Yadegari, along with a group of renowned musicians and vocalists, filled the tower with the spiritual reverberations of the Magnes-commissioned composition, Through Music, which interweaves aspects of traditional Hebrew prayer and Persian poetry with modern electro-acoustic technology.

One of our guests, Marty Rabkin, summed up the magical experience upon leaving the tower, stating that being in Ann Hamilton’s tower “makes you feel like you are inside the music.”

After the haunting performance, guests dined at the Clos do Bois Winery for lunch, where they were treated to a sumptuous meal in the Winery’s wine cellar.

For details about the event, please see the Magnes opensource blog:

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