22/23 Performance Season
Wild Up and Hélène Grimaud
Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is not just a deeply passionate and committed musical artist whose pianistic accomplishments play a central role in her life. She is a woman with multiple talents that extend far beyond the instrument she plays with such poetic expression and peerless technical control. The French artist has established herself as a committed wildlife conservationist, a compassionate human rights activist and as a writer.
Julius Eastman Portraits ( 6-15 players and conductor)
The Making / The Multiple Buddhas / Femenine / Joy Boy
We’re interested in Julius Eastman because of who he was. And because of the pure ecstasy that his music brings. A member of the new music intelligentsia, and yet someone somehow held by the academic community for so long, at arm’s length. Though Eastman had all the successes, important concerts, and international tours that should have brought him stardom as a rising American composer, much of his music was lost as he ended his life in homelessness. He left the academic elite, the Creative Associates in Buffalo, after a falling out with John Cage, to start a queer disco in SoHo.
Eastman’s music is the type that challenges performers by increasing their individual agency for change, in each moment of performance. These quasi-improvisatory pieces increase the creativity in groups of performers, and they challenge the audience to be part of the work as well. Eastman’s Buddha (1983) and Macle (1971) both have graphical scores with no description about how to interpret them. Their incredibly beautiful objects. We’re proposing to make a few versions of each piece, all heard throughout the night. Buddha guided in multiple by a few master composers, with short scores for us, and Macle, guided partially the audience in fact, helping as Eastman intended, by cutting apart the score and remaking it in their own vision. The band then performs a few selected versions as the closing of the concert.
A concert about ideas of place and belonging, that lives in a concert hall or weaves in and out of multiple spaces, one that is either forward facing or participatory.
Strings, darkness, movement ( 5 players and conductor)
First conceived as a project in the darkness with the ensemble surrounding the audience.Strings, darkness, movement is music for one, two, four, and five string players, with movement as the focus: movement as transformation, movement as choreography, movement of sound, methodical movement, poetical movement, movement of bells, movement of light, movement in the dark. Works by Cassandra Miller, Luciano Berio, Cat Lamb, Tashi Wada, Steve Reich, Sara Cubarsi, and Andrew McIntosh. Performed by Wild Up, lead by composer performer Andrew McIntosh.
‘Every act of perception is an act of creation.’ Oliver Sacks
Rest is a flexible site specific piece of music-theater-installation for 8 instrumentalists, multichannel audio playback, projection and lighting. Field recordings are intercut with a new composition by Emma O’Hallo- ran; live musicians from Wild Up are gradually revealed. Rest is an interactive performance. The audience may hear: ‘exchange places.’ ‘Find somewhere to be alone.’ Pause where you are.’ As they move, the space seems to change with spatial audio and light. A shaft of light makes the room seem suddenly twice as big, then vanishes. A voice is right next to you one moment and across the room the next.
Rest is about space, bodies, perception, creation, and access. It is about inviting each other in and meeting each other where we are. Rest is a multiformat work conceived by experimental performance-maker Annie Saunders, created with a new score by composer Emma O’Halloran performed by Wild Up, and with lighting and interactive systems design by Andrew Schneider. This immersive work offers a visceral oppor- tunity to feel and consider what rest means in the modern world.The libretto is based on interviews with poets, scientists, futurists, authors and thinkers.
Concept and Direction by Annie Saunders
Composition by Emma O’Halloran
Based on interviews by George Saunders, Ross Gay, David Abram, Maryanne Wolf, Mary Helen Immordino Yang
Visual Concept Creation and Lighting by Andrew Schneider
Music Direction by Christopher Rountree
Performed by Wild Up
Dramaturgy by Adah Parris, Rita Williams, and Rachel Joy Victor,
and Creative Consultation from Jackie Zhou, Mike Merchant, James Okumura and Brian Hashimoto