Ever Present Orchestra

The Ever Present Orchestra is dedicated to the performance of Alvin Lucier’s music.

"It is rare for a living composer to have a group of performers who are devoted to his or her works. There are, of course, a few ensembles organized by composer/performers themselves. The Philip Glass and Steve Reich Ensembles are a case in point. But to have a small orchestra devoted to the performance of one composer’s repertoire of performable pieces is an astounding change. In 2016 Bernhard Rietbrock founded the Ever Present Orchestra whose sole purpose was to perform and commission new works of mine. The title was taken from a statement by Artist Robert Irwin for his garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles: EVER PRESENT / NEVER TWICE THE SAME EVER CHANGING / NEVER LESS THAN WHOLE. The orchestra, numbering thirteen players in all, is comprised of professional musicians as well as students from the Zurich University of the Arts. Since its inception, it has performed 24 concerts in Europe, Asia, and America. I have composed five pieces especially for the orchestra, including Semicircle, Tilted Arc, Double Helix, EPO-5, and Arrigoni Bridge as well as adaptations of my Braid, Hanover, and Two Circles. Concerts typically begin with Ricochet Lady for solo glockenspiel, written especially for and performed by Trevor Saint, followed by pieces performed by the orchestra, and ending with a performance from myself of I am sitting in a room or Bird and Person Dyning. I am grateful to Bernhard Rietbrock and Jan Thoben who helped organize the orchestra, and to the devoted musicians for their steadfast commitment as well as excellent, enthusiastic playing of my work." Alvin Lucier December 9, 2019 Middletown, Conneticut, U.S.A.

About

With the instrumentation of electric guitars, strings, saxophones, piano and percussion, the Ever Present Orchestra celebrates the physicality of sound in space with a focus on Lucier’s compositions exploring the audible beating of closely-tuned pitches. Built around its founding members Bernhard Rietbrock, Jan Thoben and Trevor Saint, the ensemble has a flexible lineup and performs in various sizes ranging from 6-13 musicians. Among the international instrumentalists who have joined the Ever Present Orchestra are Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton, with notable guest appearances by John Tilbury, Jennifer Walshe, Thurston Moore and Judith Hamann.

With the instrumentation of electric guitars, strings, saxophones, piano and percussion, the Ever Present Orchestra celebrates the physicality of sound in space with a focus on Lucier’s compositions exploring the audible beating of closely-tuned pitches. Built around its founding members Bernhard Rietbrock, Jan Thoben and Trevor Saint, the ensemble has a flexible lineup and performs in various sizes ranging from 6-13 musicians. Among the international instrumentalists who have joined the Ever Present Orchestra are Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Lucy Railton, with notable guest appearances by John Tilbury, Jennifer Walshe, Thurston Moore and Judith Hamann.

Past and Present Performers

Bernhard Rietbrock - lap steel guitar, sondol

Jan Thoben - lap steel guitar, sondol, live-electronics for Lucier

Oren Ambarchi - lap steel guitar, sondol

Gary Schmalzl - lap steel guitar

Stephen O'Malley - electric guitar, sondol

Thurston Moore - lap steel guitar, voice

Trevor Saint - glockenspiel, vibraphone, lap steel guitar

Joan Jordi Oliver Arcos - saxophone

Valentine Michaud - saxophone

Charles Ng - saxophone

Kathrine Oseid - saxophone

Tobias Gerber - saxophone

Lucy Railton - cello, voice, sondol

Judith Hamann - cello

Jordan Dykstra - viola

Rebecca Thies - violin

Christina Moser - violin

Azat Fishyan - violin

Cécile Vonderwahl - violin

Isak Rikhardson - violin

Hanna Berliner - violin

Fabienne Früh - violin

Beatrice Harmon - violin

Nora Peterhans - violin

Kris Rahamad - violin

Felix Profos - piano

Tamriko Kordzaia - piano

James Falzone - piano

Johannes Herrmann - piano

Gregor Schwellenbach - piano

Vera Weber - piano

John Tilbury - piano

Jennifer Walshe - Sondol

Concerts
2021

10Sep

Berlin

Ambient Festival

10Sep

Cologne

Ambient Festival

9Sep

Cologne

Ambient Festival

8Sep

Cologne

Ambient Festival

2020

1Feb

Luxembourg

Casino Luxembourg

2019

25Mar

Los Angeles

RedCat

21Mar

Knoxville

Big Ears Festival

23Mar

Knoxville

Big Ears Festival

11Mar

London

Round Chapel

2018

22Oct

Paris

St. Merry

16Oct

New York City

Issue Project Room

3Oct

Chur

Bündner Kunstmuseum

20Jul

New York City

Issue Project Room

19Jul

New York City

Issue Project Room

30May

Berlin

Universität der Künste

29May

Cologne

St. Peter

3Apr

Tokyo

Superdeluxe

2Apr

Tokyo

Superdeluxe

28Mar

Shanghai

Conservatory of Music

26Mar

Hongkong

Connecting Spaces

2017

12Nov

Chicago

Constellation

11Nov

Montreal

Concordia University

10Nov

Boston

Le Laboratoire Cambridge

8Nov

New York City

Issue Project Room

7Nov

New York City

Issue Project Room

6Nov

Philadelphia

FringeArts

9Oct

Berlin

St. Elisabeth

Releases

Alvin Lucier-Works For The Ever Present Orchestra

2LP | 2CD+Booklet

Alvin Lucier-Illuminated By The Moon

Boxset: 4LP | CD + 120 page book

edited by Bernhard Rietbrock

includes contributions by members of the Ever Present Orchestra

edited by Bernhard Rietbrock

includes contributions by members of the Ever Present Orchestra