EXTREMES

January 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

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Life explores every condition — imagine organisms flourishing in water near boiling and acid enough to hurt you and me. And microorganisms are not the only extremophiles — scientists love to subject matter to extreme conditions. Roald Hoffmann will talk about extremophiles and the strange things that happen to molecules squeezed to pressure like those at the center of earth. And why scientists would be interested.

Both Lukas Ligeti and Elliott Sharp traffic in extremes: purest acoustic sounds to electronics and heavy computer processing, molto pianissimo to triple forte, amorphous clouds of sound to deep grooving, hypercomplex notated composition to totally free improvising. Any of these elements may turn up in their playing together and as a result, their concerts – they will join Roald — are reliably unpredictable and filled with surprise.

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