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Neuwirth: Lost Highway Suite @ EMPAC

David Lynch

David Lynch

I've never seen this movie, so it's nice to have a reason to join the Lynchian cult and be a couch potato for a bit. A lot of us have been contemplating the passing of Matt Marks this year, and things like this would always make me think of him. He was really good at making me embrace both my inner quirk and my inner bubblegum pop alter ego, and I feel like he would've really appreciated Olga's initiative in composing her "Lost Highway" opera. 

'Composer Olga Neuwirth’s Lost Highway Suite—derived from her opera of the same name, itself inspired by David Lynch’s cult classic film—evokes a mysterious tone and structure in a concert performance featuring immersive surround sound. Using a 64-speaker Ambisonic dome, built around the audience in the EMPAC Concert Hall, the suite distills Neuwirth’s 2003 opera to its instrumental core. Mixing live performance with electronic sounds that swirl around the listening space, Lost Highway Suite creates a hallucinatory experience not unlike the warped plotline and surreal characters of the Lynch epic.

Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth (born 1968) gained international recognition at the age of 22 for two mini-operas based on works of Nobel Prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek. Since then, she’s written several music theater pieces including her first dramatic work, Bählamms Fest (also based on one of Jelinek’s works), The Outcast, American Lulu, and Hommage á Klaus Nomi.'

- iceorg.org

Lost Highway

Lost Highway

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