Malcolm Goldstein
Montreal, QC, Canada

from Configurations in Darkness
Malcolm Goldstein - violin

Malcolm Goldstein, as composer/violinist/improvisor, has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s in New York City - as co-founder of the Tone Roads Ensemble and as a participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant Garde, and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. His Soundings (open-frame improvisations) have received international acclaim for having "re-invented violin playing." Since the mid-1960's, he has integrated structured improvisation elements into his compositions.

This piece is an improvisation on a folk song thaht was recorded in Gacke, Bosnia-Herzogovina as sung by Halima Hrvo in 1935 and later transcribed by Bela Bartok in New York City in the 1940s. It is one of several such songs incorporated into the ensemble composition Configurations of Darkness. This solo violin performance was recorded at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 8/24/02.