David Lang to Begin Residency at Carnegie Hall Next Month
This November, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang begins his season-long Carnegie Hall residency as the 2013-2014 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair, leading a workshop for young composers and chamber musicians, capped by a concert titledNew Voices, New Music on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall. Mr. Lang's music is featured in concert on Saturday, November 23 at 9:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, when the lauded ensemble So Percussioncollaborates with electronic music duo Matmosand composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner of The National, performing music by Lang plus the world premiere of a Carnegie Hall commission for So by Dessner. The concert also features world premieres of a collaborative work by So Percussion and Matmos and a remix of Lang's music by Matmos. See below for complete program details.
During the five-day workshop presented by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute (WMI), Mr. Lang, along with flutist Claire Chase and members of International Contemporary Ensemble, will mentor four pairs of young composers and ensembles (who applied together) on compositions commissioned by Carnegie Hall. During the workshop, the young artists will have the opportunity to discuss the life of a new piece, how to present their work on stage and in the media, and how to connect effectively-and entrepreneurially-with audiences.
Of the workshop, Mr. Lang said, "Claire and I have designed a program that shows the complete ecology of a piece of new music, from commission to rehearsal to promotion to performance to review. It is going to be a lot of fun."
In addition, Mr. Lang and WMI are inviting four young arts journalists to participate in the workshop, aiming to promote dialogue between and among composers, performers, and writers, and to explore the different but intersecting means through which each group communicates about music and their artistic work. The selected journalists will work closely with Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, and will observe and participate in the full range of workshops during the week. Writers will be encouraged to participate musically in the reading of open-scoring works and will have the opportunity to showcase writing about the workshop or related topics on Carnegie Hall's blog. The deadline for arts journalists to apply for this workshop is October 15. For more details, visitcarnegiehall.org/David_Lang_Workshop_2013_2014.
The ensembles and composers chosen for this workshop and concert are: Eastman BroadBandperforming Fata Morgana by Carlos Iturralde; gnarwhallaby performing Lullaby 4 by Nicholas Deyoe; Hotel Elefant performing This Should Feel Like Home by Mary Kouyoumdjian; and Mivos Quartet performing Arctic by Robert Honstein. In addition to these four premieres, the final concert will include open instrumentation works by Bruno Maderna, Pauline Oliveros, and Daniel Goode, which will be performed by all workshop participants, including composers, performers, and journalists.
Continuing the spirit of collaboration found throughout Mr. Lang's Carnegie Hall residency, So Percussion performs in Zankel Hall on November 23 with electronic music duo Matmos, and composer-guitarist Bryce Dessner. The program features a major work of Lang's, the so-called laws of nature, commissioned by So in 2002, which explores the meaning of various processes and formulas involved in creating music and is performed on unique instruments built by the performers specifically for the piece. Mr. Dessner, a frequent collaborator with Mr. Lang, will present the world premiere of Music for Wood and Strings written for So, commissioned by Carnegie Hall. Matmos will debut so-called remix (reimagining of Lang's work) before collaborating with So in the world premiere of Carnegie Double Music.
Prior to the So Percussion concert on November 23, starting at 8:00 p.m., ticketholders are invited to enjoy Late Nights at Zankel Hall, a laid-back pre-concert experience. The first 200 ticketholders to arrive will receive a complimentary drink courtesy of Carnegie Hall. A pre-concert talk also starts at 8:00 p.m. with David Lang and members of So Percussion in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall. For more information, please visitcarnegiehall.org/latenights. Opened in September 2003, Zankel Hall-Carnegie Hall's modern, underground performance space-celebrates its tenth anniversary this season with concerts that reflect the wide variety of music for which the venue has become known, including appearances by up-and-coming and established artists in the classical, jazz, world music, and pop genres.
David Lang's Carnegie Hall residency continues in 2014, with a highlight being collected stories, a six-concert series between April 22 and 29, in which six distinct themes are explored in Zankel Hall performances, all curated by Mr. Lang. These multi-genre concerts showcase different modes of storytelling in music, from medieval Beowulf to conceptual John Cage, pulling together disparate threads from past and present to highlight the ways music and narrative work together. The series includes world premieres by Lang, Kate Moore, and Kaki King, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall; music by Richard Ayres, Donnacha Dennehy, Nico Muhly, Arvo Pärt, Julia Wolfe, and more; and performances by such artists as Alarm Will Sound, Sam Amidon, Benjamin Bagby, Ensemble Signal, Augustin Hadelich, Louis Lortie, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steven Schick, Nadia Sirota, TENET, The Uncluded, and more. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/lang.
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