GLENN BRANCA'S SYMPHONY #13
World Trade Center Plaza
Kevin in rehearsal.
pictures from Glenn Branca's web site
Kevin & Theodora Michaels both
played guitar (Alto 3 & Alto 4, respectively)
in Glenn Branca's Symphony #13.
"It was a great honor to work with a composer
of this caliber," Kevin
Michaels said, after the performance. "Branca is a true original, a
treasure. He hears what no-one else hears, he takes chances and breaks
Thea adds: "When I first saw that Branca wanted us to tune all six strings
to E, I thought it was odd. But, when I started playing, I realized the
possibilities this tuning creates. When I first heard everyone playing
together, I was surprised and thrilled. Other guitarists I spoke to felt
the same way. I was amazed at Branca's ability to write and organize
something that no other composer or guitarist would even think of
attempting. The audience seemed ecstatic, and by the look on their faces,
it was as though they hearing something unique and powerful. When I saw
standing ovation, I felt proud that we were able to contribute to the
realization of Branca's vision."