Conrad Harris, a violinist, brought an imposing technique to the fragmented melodies of “Étude on Oxford Changes,” a solo piece. And he deftly negotiated layers of recorded instruments and electronic noise in ‘Yawawot.’
Xenakis, surprisingly, never actually appeared at the Darmstadt Institute. Violinist Conrad Harris played the solo pieces Mikka and Mikka S. Harris is an absolute master of this music, and his big, strong tone gave the insinuating microtonal slides real fire and excitement, as well as a surprising amount of beauty.
Conrad Harris is the best violinist in contemporary music today.