The Bucknell University Department of Music's Gallery Series will present "A Tribute to William Duckworth" Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell. The event is free and open to the public.
"Bill taught music theory and composition at Bucknell, starting here in 1973," according to William Kenny, music professor at Bucknell. "While at Bucknell, he founded the Gallery Series, which for decades has brought experimental and world music to campus. The Department of Music presents this event in his memory."
Composer and author Kyle Gann, who was a close friend, will give a talk about Duckworth's life and work. Gann, who was new-music critic for the Village Voice from 1986 to 2005, has taught at Bard College since 2007. He is the author of The Music of Conlon Nancarrow, American Music in the 20th Century, Music Downtown: Writings from the Village Voice, No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33", Robert Ashley, and the introduction to the 50th-anniversary edition of Cage's Silence.
Guest musicians include Geoffrey Burleson, piano; Steve Gorn, bansuri; and Samir Chatterjee, tabla.
Burleson will perform selections from Duckworth's seminal work, The Time Curve Preludes. He has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician and jazz performer. The New York Times has hailed his solo performances as "vibrant and compelling", and has praised his "command, projection of rhapsodic qualities without loss of rhythmic vigor, and appropriate sense of spontaneity and fetching colors." The Boston Globe refers to Burleson as a "remarkable pianist" and "a first-class instrumental presence" whose performances are "outright thrilling." He is recording the complete piano works of Camille Saint-Saëns, which is being released on five CD volumes on the new Naxos Grand Piano label.
Gorn's bansuri is featured on the 2011 Grammy Award-winning recording, Miho - Journey to the Mountain, with Dhruba Ghosh and the Paul Winter Consort, as well as the Academy Award-winning documentary film, Born into Brothels. He has performed Indian Classical Music and new American Music on the bansuri bamboo flute in concerts and festivals throughout the world. In 2013, he was awarded the Pandit Jasraj Rotary Club of Hyderabad Award for Cross Cultural Achievement. His numerous recordings include Luminous Ragas, Rasika, with tabla by Samir Chatterjee, Illuminations, with Nepali bansuri wallah, Manose, the landmark Indian-Jazz fusion recording, Asian Journal, and Pranam, a jugalbandi with Barun Kumar Pal playing hansaveena, and Samir Chatterjee, tabla.
Chatterjee is a virtuoso tabla player from India who travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and non-Indian musical traditions. He performed at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo in 2007, and has been featured at the United Nations General Assembly. He has authored the comprehensive book, A Study of Tabla, and the guide book to Indian music, Music of India. He is on the faculty at Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, University of Pittsburgh, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and University of Bridgeport in Connecticut.