Fresh off curating a weekend at the Barbican in London, our dear Mr. Muhly will be hosting an Evening, this evening, at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, in celebration of his opera Two Boys appearing at the Metropolitan Opera as part of their upcoming season. There will be two sessions and the second will be streamed live (with video!) on NPR’s website at 10:00 PM EST. If you’re in a time zone in which watching is feasible, tune in! Q2 Music will also be carrying the feed.
If you can’t watch live, NPR and Q2 both typically archive webcasts, so presumably there will be a chance to watch later.
Beautiful song cycle featuring the lovely vocals of Shara Worden.
Composer David Lang’s death speaks will be released on April 30th. The album features Bryce Dessner, Shara Worden, Owen Pallett, and Nico Muhly and was produced by Bryce.
If any of you in the Chicago area are attending the upcoming eighth blackbird concerts (featuring Bryce, Nico, and Shara), the composer and artists will be signing copies of the CD after the concert on Wednesday, May 1st. Tickets and more info for that event are available here.
“His early pieces are more like demonstrations than pieces of music. They focus on tiny repeating patterns, varying them step-by-step with remorseless single-mindedness. Why? Because Reich loves the notion of ‘mystery’ in art, but not as something hidden away. He wants it to be right there, on the surface. Thus his lifelong fondness for dancing patterns which aren’t as simple and hard-edged as they appear. They seem to change their shape in one’s ear, like that well-known psychologist’s drawing which can look like a duck or a rabbit, depending on how you look at it. By subtly layering one pattern above another, Reich found he could magnify that effect, adding his own ‘mystery’ to the one already there.
That was his own self-chosen project. But then, over the following decades, something wonderful and unexpected happened. The repeating patterns and the hammered piano and marimba sounds remained as insistent as ever, but because he now softened them with familiar things like melody and harmonic progressions, Reich’s own kind of ‘mystery’ joined hands with the mysteries classical music had always had.”
BAM continues its streak as a highlight of April 1st (remember the threatened Manhattan expansion, “MAM,” that some people took seriously despite “Wham, BAM, thank you MAM”?), this time with the addition of adorable children.
The little girl at the :55 mark could probably be in the actual production.
On Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 6 pm, Q2 Music presents a live webcast of Consonant Abstraction: Claude Debussy and Steve Reich from the Museum of Modern Art. Part of the exhibition Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925, this sold-out show includes Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint and Different Trains.
Sometimes I wish I lived in New York just so I could attend events like this.
The lineup for MusicNOW 2013 in Cincinnati (a festival founded by The National’s Bryce Dessner) has been announced. Highlights include Steve Reich, Sō Percussion, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Ariel Quartet with Shara Worden, Glen Hansard, Richard Reed Parry, and many more. Tickets for the festival running April 12-14 are on sale at the link.
John Schaefer’s New Sounds Top Ten of 2012 posted!