And, all of a sudden, October is over.
I have to say that Fall has hit my mood like a ton of mold-slime covered river rocks. Yet the concert season pushes on. This concert features a couple of firsts for me. I've not played any music of Lei's before, nor have I played with Loadbang. This music looks tough, but manageable. I've listened to a bit of his music. It made me think of what the act of searching for the unknown would be as a musical representation. Here are two extremes of Lei. I'll be performing the second:
In a program note about Ascension, Lei says:
"In this work, I try to enact two imaginary rituals that are opposite in nature. One is peaceful and contemplative, like a sacred prayer. It builds on harmonies that ascend gradually in quarter-tone steps, hence the title Ascension. This central section is framed by a different kind of ritual that is full of wild energy and exuberance."
I'm looking forward to this concert, mainly because of the talented musicians collaborating, but I also feel like "wild energy and exuberance" might be a good way to shake these seasonal doldrums!
- Lakescape V (2016) world premiere, Miller Theatre co-commission
- Luminous (2014) New York premiere
- Ascension (2008)
- Serashi Fragments (2005)