the guardians

The Guardians: An Elegy
by Sarah Manguso

The Guardians opens with a story from the July 24, 2008, edition of the Riverdale Press that begins, “An unidentified white man was struck and instantly killed by a Metro-North train last night as it pulled into the station on West 254th Street.” Sarah Manguso writes: “The train’s engineer told the police that the man was alone and that he jumped. The police officers pulled the body from the track and found no identification. The train’s 425 passengers were transferred to another train and delayed about twenty minutes.”

The Guardians is an elegy for Manguso’s friend Harris, two years after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital and jumped under that train. The narrative contemplates with unrelenting clarity their crowded postcollege apartment, Manguso’s fellowship year in Rome, Harris’s death and the year that followed—the year of mourning and the year of Manguso’s marriage. As Harris is revealed both to the reader and to the narrator, the book becomes a monument to their intimacy and inability to express their love to each other properly, and to the reverberating effects of Harris’s presence in and absence from Manguso’s life. There is grief in the book but also humor, as Manguso marvels at the unexpected details that constitute a friendship. The Guardians explores the insufficiency of explanation and the necessity of the imagination in making sense of anything.


Read an excerpt in The Paris Review.


The Guardians from Sarah Manguso on Vimeo.


    Review Excerpts

  • BOOKFORUM feb/mar 2012
    “Manguso’s embrace of rhetorical failure itself constitutes an unusual and strangely affecting lament.” – Jenny Davidson
  • ELLE – march 2012
    “Manguso sees her way artfully and with heart.”
  • DBC READS – february 28, 2012
    “The writer Sarah Manguso is a cut above.”
  • VOGUE DAILY february 28, 2012
    “Manguso captures with great delicacy the spinning compass of her grief.” – Megan O’Grady

the wulf. @ moca sunday studio presenting music and workshops

07.03.2011 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
the wulf. @ MOCA sunday studio presenting music and workshops.


*Matt Barbier and Luke Storm – JUZ by Wolfgang von Schweinitz and a new work by Larry Polansky – 1:00 to 2:00 pm (trombone and tuba)
*Christine Tavolacci – performing Carlos Inderhees’ Buch fur Flöte – 2:00 to 2:55 pm (flute)

*Mark So – Twice Around – 1:00 to 3:30 (cassette playback)

Harris Wulfson – LiveScore – 1:00 to 1:45 pm. (for mixed ensemble)
Performers: Ezra Buchla, Heather Lockie, Christine Tavolacci, Eric Clark, Casey Anderson
*Mike Winter – room and seams – 3:00 to 3:20 pm. (for chimes and strings)
Performers: Mark So, Scott Cazan, Liam Mooney, Corey Fogel, Ezra Buchla, Eric Clark, Laura Steenberge, Heather Lockie
*Corey Fogel – drums – 3:30 – 4:00 pm

*Casey Anderson – Whitespace – 1:50 to 2:30 pm (for radios)
Performers: Corey Fogel, Casey Anderson, Colin Woodford, Colin Wambsgans, Liam Mooney
*Tashi Wada – TBD – 3:00 to 3:30 pm

*Eric KM Clark – Experiment in Memory and Pitch – from 2:30 to 3:00 pm (speaker playback)

*Laura Steenberge – new work – from 2:20 to 2:50 pm (for three stringed instruments)

*Ezra Buchla – COMPRESSION OF THE CHEST CAVITY MIRACLE – 3:20 to 4:00 (for viola and live electronics)

*Daniel Corral – NEOTROPE – 1:00 to 1:30 pm (for six accordions)
*Dicky Bahto – Documents – 1:30 to 3:00 pm (film)

*Alan Nakagawa – Isocube – 1:45 to 2:15 pm (home-brew electronics)

*Artmaking Activity – 1:00 to 3:45 pm
*Daniel Corral – Music Boxes & Card Pieces – 1:00 to 4:00 pm
*Scott Cazan – new piece – 1:15 to 2:20 pm (home-brew electronics)
*Liam Mooney – 180° – 2:20 to 2:50 pm (triangles and dry ice)
Performers: Mike Winter, Liam Mooney

John Cage – Number 6 – workshop – 2:50 to 3:30 pm
Led by Casey Anderson

@ the wulf.: this Sunday – 8:00 pm: music of harris wulfson – lost intuition, durations, livescore

08.29.10 8:00 pm
in memoriam harris wulfson
harris wulfson – lost intuition, durations, LiveScore
performed by casey anderson, eric km clark, april guthrie, orin
hildestad, kathy pisaro, gary schultz, mark so, laura steenberge,
christine tavolacci, and mike winter
(followed by grillout with dr. hildestad as chef)

@ the wulf. 1026 s santa fe ave #203 (code 2-0-3 to enter) la ca 90021

the wulf. is located at 1026 south santa fe avenue #203, los angeles,
ca 90021 (southeast downtown close to where the 10 meets the 5). to
enter, dial 203 at the door (labeled michael winter or eric clark on
the sacramento side of the building) and you will be buzzed in (you
can buzz even if you come late and it will not disrupt anything).
also, feel free to bring refreshments and food.

the wulf. is officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization. tax
deductible contributions to the extent permitted by law may be made
payable to the wulf. if you are interested in contributing, please
visit our donate page linked on our website. nonetheless, as we are
just getting started with performances at the wulf., we are lacking
performance space necessities (most importantly, seating); so bring a
cushion, pillow, or chair if you want to relax comfortably on the
concrete floor (though we now have a carpet down).

“3 bagatelles,” march 21st, 2009 in los angeles

Saturday March 21st 8:30PM
The California E.A.R. Unit presents a concert of young American-based composers

REDCAT-Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater
CalArts’ downtown center for innovative visual, performing and media arts, 631 W. 2nd St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012

Saturday March 21, 2009 – 8:30 PM


“Triumphantly out there… The California E.A.R. Unit is known for taking left turns away from convention.” Los Angeles Times
Inspired by the classic David Bowie pop hit, The E.A.R. Unit surveys fresh new works by young mavericks. The ensemble plays Daniel Wohl’s driving yet oddly sentimental +ou-, Oscar Bettison’s haunting Gauze Vespers veiled with simmering sonorities from dual toy pianos and other innovative orchestrations, Ryan Brown’s Our Friend Adam a verbal play on “Our Friend Atom” a short film that introduced the atom bomb to Ryan as a child who mistook atom to be Adam, Jamu for ensemble and electronics by Christine Southworth drawing from Gamelan melodies, Clay Chaplin’s Rememories, a structured improvisation using 3-D video as a meta-structure for the ensemble based on the relationship of time and memory, Harris Wulfson’s eclectic simplified violin solo 3 Bagatelles, and an exciting new work from the Carlsbad Music Festival Tsar, Matt McBane.

$20 [students $16, CalArts $10] Box Office: 213.237.2800

These performances are funded in part by grants from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The James Irvine Foundation, LA County Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, BMI Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, the Amphion Foundation and other generous supporters.

Note: Harris’ work will be performed by Eric km Clark

“3 bagatelles,” february 21st, 2009 in new york

From Eric km Clark:
I’m coming back to NYC to do this joint solo show with Mr. James Moore, and it will be an oddly good time.

Also, some of you may find it of interest that I’ll be doing the first NYC performance of Harris’ piece “3 Bagatelles”. It’s beautiful.

Event: February 21, 2009: James Moore (New York)/Eric km Clark (Los Angeles)
What: Performance
Host: Experimental Music at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater
Start Time:Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:00pm
End Time: Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 12:00am
Where: Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark’s Church, 131 east 10th street and 2nd ave, new york city, 10003

To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:

harris ‘n’ dave at levels, june 19th, 1993

I wonder if anyone still has a poster from this event? If I’ve left anyone off the performer list, please let me know!

Harris Wulfson – Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Sollors – Guitar, Vocals
Jamie Forrest – bass
Russell Gellman – drums
Dan Horwitz – keyboards

The Brass Holes:
Alex Feinman
Ben Whitney
Mike Kohan

01 Celebration 6:48
02 Delivery Man Blues 6:46
03 Banter 1:09
04 Wake Up And Greet The Dawn 3:59
05 ABC 4:40
06 You're So Mean To Me 5:03
07 Banter 1:28
08 kodachrome youve gotta fight 6:54
09 Banter 1:36
10 The Last Evening 4:44
11 In The Pocket 4:43
12 Banter 1:11
13 dancin in the street kiss the mighty quinn 13:45
14 Hurricaine Jane 5:18
15 Banter 2:44
16 Purple Rain 8:02
17 Banter 0:42
18 Sweet Jane 6:03

harris mentioned on wnyc soundcheck

Soundcheck America’s show on Antheil was replayed tonight on NPR. This is the performance that got written up in the NY Times in June (link to NY Times or a .pdf printout).

Harris gets a mention at about 17 minutes into the broadcast though they don’t play any of his work.

The second half is about George Antheil’s Ballet Mecanique (after the segment on wine and music). Click on the link to the Monday, October 13, 2008 show, then click on the link on the right for the second segment of the show, Ballet Mecanique.



This website is intended to be a collection of Harris Wulfson’s work, music, and bits of his life.

By sharing in this manner, I hope to have others help me add to the content, as well as fill in some of the missing puzzle pieces. Everyone is encouraged to add comments and share their stories about Harris; if you feel that you have something to share that you’d rather not have posted up on a public forum, please contact me directly and we’ll discuss options. Additionally, everyone is encouraged to contribute to the other related groups (see the links list to the right).

I’m particularly interested in any recordings, videos, sheet music, or computer programs that people may have. I know I’m missing a lot, but I don’t always know what to ask for, or who to ask, so please, if you have anything written by Harris, or any recordings on which Harris is playing, let me know.

Any work created FOR Harris is also welcome!

Ultimately, I would like to have a library of his work and I need everyone’s help to do it.

Michelle “Mishka” Wulfson Jaeger