Toronto Star’s Murray Whyte on "Erik Satie’s Vexation"

Over in Brookfield Place, my first contender for best of: Micah Lexier and Martin Arnold’s music-made-tangible exploration of Erik Satie’s Vexations; Satie intended the piano piece to be played 840 times in succession, which Lexier and Arnold saw to; they also had 840 pieces of sheet music folded identically into simple sculpture to mirror, materially, Satie’s discipline of perfect, sequential repetition. If it sounds dry, it’s not: the quiet tinkling keys, a growing plateau of blue paper sculpture, all under the equally disciplined steel wing by Santiago Calatrava made for the night’s first unmitigated moment of magic.

This was my favourite of the night.
It made number 2 on his list. I didn’t see Nuit Market, which was his #1.


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