Tristan Perich. Photo courtesy of Tristan Perich

MoMA Nights with Tristan Perich and Meehan/Perkins Duo

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 5:30–8:00 p.m.

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, first floor, exterior

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The MoMA Nights 2013 music series includes indie acts selected by MoMA’s PopRally committee, and concerts related to the exhibitions Soundings: A Contemporary Score and American Modern: Hopper to O’Keeffe.

Set begins at 6:30 p.m. Regular Museum admission applies. In the event of rain, the Sculpture Garden will close, and music will take place in Theater 1 or Theater 2. Please note: Sculpture Garden and indoor seating are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tonight’s Music Performance: Tristan Perich: Parallels with Meehan/Perkins Duo
Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins, tuned triangles and hi-hats with 1-bit electronics

Tristan Perich’s composition Parallels explores the nature of pitched and unpitched percussive sounds combined with pure tones and white noise from his custom-designed electronics. A dense, patterned cascade of sounds, the piece is Perich’s first to combine order and randomness in the programming of 1-bit waveforms. Commissioned by the Meehan/Perkins Duo, the piece draws on Perich’s exploration of digital and analog randomness in his Microtonal Wall, a sound installation with 1,500 microtonally tuned speakers, on view in the Soundings exhibition. Perich’s work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics, and code. His 2004 release 1-Bit Music was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live; it was followed by 1-Bit Symphony (Cantaloupe, 2010). The Meehan/Perkins Duo, founded in 2006, is dedicated to creating a new body of work for percussion duo. Todd Meehan and Doug Perkins have collaborated with the composers David Lang and Paul Lansky, among others, and have shared their music with audiences worldwide.

In conjunction with the exhibition Soundings: A Contemporary Score

Snacks and Beverages in the Garden
Seasonal snacks, bruschetta selections, and specialty cocktails, draft beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages are available for purchase in the Sculpture Garden on Thursday nights. The Garden Bar, located at the northeast corner of the Sculpture Garden, also sells savory and sweet treats, including local gelato, sorbetto, homemade desserts, wine, beer, and specialty cocktails. In the event of rain, bars will be closed.

Terrace Dining (rain or shine)
Terrace 5, located on the fifth floor, serves Chef Lynn Bound’s light, seasonal cuisine, with a view overlooking the Sculpture Garden. An à la carte menu is offered indoors, and a special "urban picnic" fixed price menu is available on the terrace during the summer months, including cured meats, cheeses, salads, sweets, and more (with optional wine pairing). Seatings are offered from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Reserve at reservations@artfoodny.com and include name, preferred time, number of guests, and phone number. The "urban picnic" menu is $32 per person (excluding beverages, sales tax, and service)—10% MoMA member discount not applicable.