“Moondog was the favourite musician of your favourite musician of your favourite musician of your favourite musician” - Frank Zappa
Ensemble 0 presents the legacy of Louis Thomas Hardin, more commonly known as Moondog (USA 1916 - 1999). Moondog was a musician, composer, poet and inventor of various musical instruments, who for decades resided on New York City's Sixth Avenue wearing a Viking-style tunic and helmet, sometimes playing or selling music, but mainly standing in silence. While at a certain point Moondog started to be associated with renowned figures such as Charlie Parker, Igor Stravinsky or Benny Goodman, it would be years later when artists such as Philip Glass or Steve Reich began to recognise in his contributions a sensibility that seemed to explore in a totally original way the ideas of minimalist music.
Ensemble 0's presentation of this fascinating character in the ‘Musika dena eta escena’ programme takes the form of a concert, a conference and finally a radio drama. It represents a great opportunity to enjoy Moondog’s live compositions while learning more about the way in which he understood music and the world in which he lived.