John Adams Leads LA Phil New Music Group in 1st Green Umbrella Series Concert, 10/16
LA Phil Creative Chair John Adams leads the LA Phil New Music Group in the first Green Umbrella series concert of the 2012/13 season, Tuesday, October 16, at 8 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert features the works of two of today's hottest young composers, Nico Muhly and Daníel Bjarnason, both active in the Reykjavik, Iceland music scene and part of Bedroom Community, an Icelandic record label/collective formed in 2006.
The evening begins with Muhly's arrangement of Two Motets by William Byrd. Following is the West Coast premiere of Muhly's Seeing is Believing, a concerto for electric violin featuring British soloist Thomas Gould in his LA Phil debut. Next is Muhly's arrangement of the traditional Icelandic Tvísöngur. The program continues with two Bjarnason pieces – the LA Phil-commissioned world premiere of Over Light Earth, and the U.S. premiere of Bow to String. Though the music was written in Reykjavík, Bjarnason found his inspiration for Over Light Earth after viewing paintings by Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock at the Museum of Contemporary Art, just across the street from Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bow to String, originally for over-dubbed cellos, is presented in a new ensemble arrangement with Icelandic cellist Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir.
Remaining concerts for the 2012/13 Green Umbrella series are: LA Phil Resident Conductor Lionel Bringuier leading the LA Phil New Music Group in a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of composer Witold Lutos?awski's birth (Dec. 4, 2012); Pablo Heras-Casado leading the New Music Group and a cast of soloists in the West Coast premiere of Peter Eötvös' opera Angels in America, based on Tony Kushner's play (Jan. 15, 2013); Gustavo Dudamel and John Adams splitting the conductor role in a program featuring an LA Phil-commissioned world premiere by Unsuk Chin (Feb. 26, 2013); and Alan Pierson leading the New Music Group in a program that explores Brooklyn's experimental scene with a presentation of works by Brooklyn-based composers – Matt Marks, Samuel Adams and Tyondai Braxton (April 16, 2013).
Composer, conductor, and creative thinker – John Adams occupies a unique position in the world of American music. His works, both operatic and symphonic, stand out among contemporary classical compositions for their depth of expression, brilliance of sound, and the profoundly humanist nature of their themes. For more than 25 years, Adams' music has played a decisive role in turning the tide of contemporary musical aesthetics away from academic modernism and toward a more expansive, expressive language, entirely characteristic of his New World surroundings. He is currently the Creative Chair for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason has garnered widespread acclaim for his debut album, Processions (2010), with Time Out NY declaring that he "create(s) a sound that comes eerily close to defining classical music's undefinable brave new world." Bjarnason's versatility as an arranger and conductor has led to collaborations with a broad array of musicians outside the classical field, including Sigur Rós, Efterkland, múm and Ólöf Arnald among others.
Nico Muhly has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations. Additionally, he has lent his skills as performer, arranger and conductor to artists ranging from Antony and The Johnsons to Usher.
Thomas Gould was the soloist in the Decca Classics recording of Muhly's Seeing is Believing. He also is a member of swing band Man Overboard and has collaborated on projects with artists as diverse as Radiohead, Sigur Rós, Rufus Wainwright, Brad Mehldau and Sam Amidon among others.
Saeunn Thorsteinsdottir was recently nominated for an Icelandic Music Award for "Musician of the Year 2011." An advocate of new music, she has premiered dozens of works, most recently commissioned works for cello by Bjarnason, Nicolas Csicsko and Kendall Briggs.
William BYRD (arr. Muhly) Two Motets
Nico Muhly Seeing is Believing (electric violin concerto)
(West Coast premiere)
Traditional (arr. Muhly) Tvísöngur
Daníel BJARNASON Over Light Earth
(world premiere, LA Phil commission)
BJARNASON Bow to String
An Upbeat Live pre-concert event takes place in Walt Disney Concert Hall's BP Hall one hour prior to the concert, and is free to all ticket holders. LA Phil Vice President of Artistic Planning Chad Smith hosts.
LA PHIL NEW MUSIC GROUP
John Adams, conductor
THOMAS GOULD, electric violin
SAEUNN THORSTEINSDOTTIR, cello
For full artist biographies, visit: laphil.com/adamsgreenumbrella
The concert will take place on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 8 PM at the Walt Disney CONCERT HALL, located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles.
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