This concert features the inimitable Yarn/Wire performing the world premiere of the complete Negotiation of Context cycle by leading Icelandic composer Davi∂ Brynjar Franzson. The pieces contained within explore the piano as a conversational partner, from the juxtaposition of the instrument with a pump organ (the mechanical inverse of a piano), through the pairing of two pianos with two bass drums (the most rudimentary relative of the piano), to the choreographed interaction between a pianist playing traditionally, and another who manipulates the strings that the first puts in motion. A deep listening experience, the piece explores how a sound can be heard simply in and of itself, or as a part of something else when placed in a context, and how that context influences how we understand the sound. Together, sound and context simulate a musical surface. The performance also includes the haunting new piece Solus by Turkish composer Cenk Ergün.
Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists. Founded in 2005, the ensemble is admired for the energy and precision they bring to vital performances of today’s most adventurous music. The results of Yarn/Wire’s collaborative initiatives point towards the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire, and partnerships with genre-bending artists such as Pete Swanson, The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and Tristan Perich have led to the creation of work that is “spare and strange and very, very new.” (Time Out NY)
EAR HEART MUSIC
“… a feisty contemporary-classical concert series” (The NY Times)
A showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. Operating at the Tank in Manhattan for the past three years, founder and director Amelia Lukas “piloted impressive events on a shoestring budget. Roulette offers greater resources, and Ms. Lukas is taking advantage in an ambitious season filled with premieres and cross-disciplinary collaborations.” (The NY Times)
Ear Heart Music “has become a staple in the New York new music soundscape.” (Time Out NY) Its thoughtfully designed programs highlighting recent masterworks stimulate creative thought and instill new avenues of perspective in the listener. The consistent level of intelligent and inspiring music-making resonates in the mind and body. Shows include electronic processing, performance art, visual art, film, and dance, providing deeper context for the music. Unique artist pairings, diverse programming, and the integral incorporation of new work all contribute to Ear Heart Music playing a major role in reshaping the chamber music landscape for the 21st century.
“one of our favorite new music series”
All quotes from Time Out NY.