The multi-instrumentalist Alvin Curran

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In the photo the American composer and multi-instrumentalist Alvin Curran in 1975

In 1964 Elvin Curran moved from the United States to Rome, coming into contact with the European avant-garde scene of figures such as the British composer Cornelius Cardew and the Italian composer Franco Evangelisti, founder of the "Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza" (with whom Curran occasionally collaborates). The group includes Frederic Rzewski, Mario Bertoncini ed Ennio Morricone.

Elvin Curran frequents the lively scene free jazz Roman to folk studio, led by the Neapolitan saxophonist Mario Schiano, and at the "Beat '72" theater research center.

In 1966 the American multi-instrumentalist founded, together with Frederic Rzewski, Allan Bryant and Richard Teitelbaum, the expanded avant-garde and concrete music formation "Musica Elettronica Viva" (in which the saxophonist will also play Franco Fayenz and Enrico Cogno). Between 1974 and 1975 she recorded the albums ofsolo performance music” by title "Songs and Views of the Magnetic Garden" and "Light Flowers, Dark Flowers” in which, making his own the lesson of the composer and music theorist John Cage, he uses natural sounds filtered through the synthesizer, plays ocarina, piano and trumpet and records on magnetic tape. In the same period he collaborates with the drummer Andrew Centazzo and the saxophonist Maurizio Giammarco at the recording of the album “In Front and Beyond the Threshold“, which contains the song “Flash On The Rock Scene”.

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