In its last concert, finishing its final season as a presenter, Ear Heart Music presents star power with the International Contemporary Ensemble and the JACK Quartet performing works from Jason Eckardt’s new CD “Subject” (Tzadik Records) and music by Tzadik founder John Zorn, including the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm. These two groups join forces with soloists Tony Arnold, soprano; Jay Campbell, ‘cello; and Jordan Dodson, guitar performing works off the new record as well as John Zorn’s string quartet Necronomicon and the world premiere of Autumn Rhythm. The JACK Quartet and Ear Heart Music technical team will fully realize for the first time Eckardt’s title track, a work that confronts “enhanced interrogation” techniques using sound and light, including a complex, immersive lighting design conceived by the composer. Ms. Arnold and conductor David Fulmer will lead ICE in a gripping performance of Eckardt’s Tongues, a work that explores glossolalia, or “speaking in tongues,” and evokes the volatile possession that holds the human vessels through which the divine or supernatural passes. Guitarist Jordan Dodson performs Eckardt’s stunningly virtuosic Paths of Resistance.
A showcase of highly talented and adventurous performers, composers, and collaborative artists, Ear Heart Music is a modern chamber music series for modern ears. Since September 2009, Ear Heart Music has produced over 75 unique concerts with over 60 world premieres. 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.