The Kitchen presents World Premiere of YARN/WIRE: ENNO POPPE
The Kitchen is pleased to present the world premiere of Yarn/Wire: Enno Poppe, October 6. Admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music, this year Yarn/Wire are championing new work by Berlin-based composer Enno Poppe. Combining the complex timbres of percussion instruments [hand-crank sirens, wood drums, cymbals, complex suspended metal plates, mallet percussion and found objects], all filtered through microtonal organs or paired with dense, perpetually moving piano complexity, and applied with the quartet's skills, this concert give rise to the sonic universe of Enno Poppe.
Poppe's international acclaim is a direct result of his ability to energize his listeners through his attention to detail and intense visceral energy. Having previously performed together in 2013, this year's concert sees Yarn/Wire and Poppe reunite to give life to Feld. Commissioned both by Yarn/Wire and EMPAC to produce this newest piece, it will be paired with 2009's Tonbad (written in collaboration with the electronics guru Wolfgang Heiniger) to make a unique and pleasurably head-spinning performance.
Yarn/Wire: Enno Poppe is made possible with generous support from Goethe-Institut New York; endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and The New York State Legislature.
Yarn/Wire is a quartet of two percussionists and two pianists: Laura Barger, Ning Yu, Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg. Founded in 2005 while at Stony Brook University, this instrumental combination allows the ensemble flexibility to slip effortlessly between classics of the repertoire and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. The members of Yarn/Wire have extensive performance and pedagogic experience encompassing international and domestic music festivals, college and university residences, and substantive work in the avant-garde theater and DIY/punk worlds. Frequent collaborations with composers on new work form a significant portion of the ensemble's activities. A 2012 Issue Project Room residency gave birth to "Yarn/Wire/Currents," an ongoing series showcasing new commissions, across a broad variety of styles. In addition to presenting multiple US premieres, Yarn/Wire has given world premieres, including at the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Chamber Hall (2016), The Modern Academy II in Hong Kong (2016), London Ear Festival (2016), Edinburgh International Festival (2015, Mountains and Waves Festival (2015).
About Enno Poppe
Enno Poppe is a German composer and conductor of classical music and an academic teacher. He studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin and pursued further study in sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe. Since 1998 he has conducted the ensemble mosaic for contemporary music in Berlin. He has received commissions from Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festwochen, Ensemble InterContemporain, The Louvre, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the SWR for the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Bayerischer Rundfunk. A Stipendiat of the Villa Massimo in 1995/96, he also won the Ernst von Siemens Composers Prize in 2004. Since 2008, Poppe has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
About The Kitchen
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