SPCO's Liquid Music Series to Present Emily Wells' THE WORLD IS TOO ______ FOR YOU
On Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the Machine Shop in Minneapolis, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Emily Wells' The World Is Too ______ For You with violinist/composer Michi Wiancko, percussionist Greg Fox and musicians of the SPCO, including violinist Francisco Fullana. This world premiere was commissioned by the SPCO's Liquid Music Series.
"Quietly transfixing" violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells is known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, deft approach to live sampling, and "dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs" (New York Times) that blend "traditionalism with electronic ambiance" (NPR). Speaking to our cultural moment, The World Is Too ____ For You includes new work inspired by hymns, imagined eulogies for loved ones and arrangements of Wells' music by Michi Wiancko. The performance features musicians of the SPCO and also reveals new video work designed by Wells, drawing heavily from contemporary dance.
"Emily Wells is a seeker and her music overflows with longing," says Liquid Music Curator Kate Nordstrom. "This new body of work for chamber ensemble extends Wells' already-expansive sound world, and opens a new realm of musical and emotional possibility. Always personal, Wells' Liquid Music debut will envelop audiences in the here and now."
IF YOU GO:
The World Is Too ______ For You
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
Doors at 6:30pm | Music at 7:30pm
At Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Tickets: $20 ($16 for Liquid Music subscribers)
liquidmusicseries.org | 651.291.1144
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Emily Wells is a performer, producer, singer, and composer known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation as well as her deft approach to live sampling. Classically trained as a violinist, she also performs using drums, synths and beat machines and has toured worldwide. Wells released her most recent studio album "Promise" to critical acclaim on her label "Thesis & Instinct" January 2016. In May, after a three month international tour, Wells appeared live on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon sitting in with the Roots. Wells will release a follow up EP early next year.
Michi Wiancko is an internationally-acclaimed and multi-dimensional violinist, composer, and collaborator, described by Gramophone as an "alluring soloist with heightened expressive and violinistic gifts." She gave her debut concerto performances with the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics, made her NY recital debut in Carnegie's Weill Hall, and released a solo album of works by Émile Sauret on Naxos. She has performed and toured extensively with a diverse array of today's leading ensembles and soloists in classical and contemporary music, including Silk Road Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO), Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Knights, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Musicians from Marlboro, Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and Vijay Iyer.
"Good drummers aren't uncommon. Great ones are. We still mourn Keith Moon of the Who and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin as the jolly bashers of modernity. Here comes the future, they seemed to be telling us with their sensational ka-blammo. Together, they popularized the notion that, in rock-and-roll, a drummer's unsolemn duty is to establish a sense of time while happily smashing it to bits. Greg Fox reactivates that idea for the Information Age." -Chris Richards, Washington Post
Acclaimed for his performances in both Europe and the U.S., Spanish violinist Francisco Fullana is principal violin for the SPCO. Fullana is enjoying a diverse international career of concerto and recital appearances as well as a wide array of collaborations as a chamber musician. Praised by Gustavo Dudamel as a "remarkable talent", The Boston Globe called him "a very special violinist." Performances in recent seasons included Brahms' Concerto under Gustavo Dudamel as well as his debut with the Madrid State Orchestra under Victor Pablo in the Spanish National Hall. Fullana also made his debuts with Dana Point, Guanajuato, Irvine, Maryland and Pacific Symphony Orchestras and the State Chapella of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Since 2013, Fullana has been a recipient of the Stradivari Society of Chicago. He performs on the 1697 "Rainville" Stradivarius, kindly on loan from the Yellow Angel Foundation of Japan.
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series, named "Best of Classical" by The New York Times, develops innovative new projects with iconoclastic artists in unique presentation formats. Liquid Music performances invite adventurous audiences to discover the new and the fascinating within the flourishing landscape of contemporary chamber music.
Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Entering its 59th season in September 2017, the SPCO has recently undergone transformational change with the opening of its new home, the Ordway Concert Hall, the addition of a new generation of players, and significant changes in its artistic vision. The SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that performs a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to new music and works in close collaboration with a diverse series of artistic partners. The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio programs that reach more than 2 million listeners each week on over 300 stations. Additionally, the SPCO reaches more than 200,000 listeners annually through its free online Listening Library. The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to broad community accessibility, its innovative audience outreach efforts, its pioneering Liquid Music Series and its educational and family programming. The SPCO offers the most affordable tickets of any major orchestra in the United States, with over 50 percent of tickets available for $12 or less, and has expanded accessibility even further by offering free tickets for children and students starting in the 2016.17 season as a part of the New Generation Initiative. For more information, visit thespco.org.