The Heavens Declare
The New York-based composer and performer group, Random Access Music (RAM), present three performances of its mid-season program The Heavens Declare, to take place on Friday, March 18, 2016, 8 pm at the Broom Tree Theatre in Astoria, Queens (23-35 Broadway; Astoria, New York 11106; N & Q trains to Broadway), on Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute in Manhattan (43 W 13th Street; New York, New York 10011; 1, 2, 3, F, N, Q, R, 4, 5, & 6 trains to 14th Street), and on the Eavesdropping music series on Sunday, March 20, 2016, 7 pm at Spectrum NYC in Manhattan (121 Ludlow, Floor 2; New York, New York 10002; F, M, J, & Z trains to Essex/Delancy). For the first time on a RAM program, the composers of RAM delve into the world of the string quartet. New quartets by Gilbert Galindo and Frances White were written specifically for this concert, as performances of quartets by Guy Barash and David Fetherolf will be given fresh interpretations. Performing on this program is the passionate and energetic RAM Players String Quartet, with Maya Bennardo and Sabina Torosjan on violin, Liuh-Wen Ting on viola, and Kate Dillingham on cello.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Heavens Declare
The quartets on the program touch upon themes of heavenly bodies, nature, consciousness, and existence while offering an expert display of contemporary sounds ranging from the lyrical and romantic to the complex and visceral. Guy Barashs Wrong Ocean is a personal meditation on the fluidity of perception, mindfulness amid a hyperactive society and the cyclical nature of being, the composer goes on to describes the quartet: Tumultuous, sometimes frightening effects, simple in isolation, are arranged into complex combinations and kaleidoscopic landscapes. It depicts an expedition, leading listeners to a fresh, new sound world. When Only the Moon Rages by David Fetherolf, written for and commissioned by the Gamavilla Quartet of Olomouc, Czech Republic in 2001, takes its name from a line in the Dylan Thomas poem, In My Craft of Sullen Art and is built off a small snippet from Chou Wen-chungs Concerto for Violoncello as an homage. Gilbert Galindos Praise by being uses evocative soaring lines, tunes, fragments, and lyricism to express the concept of natural existence as praise and gratitude. And so the heavens turned by Frances White with text by James Pritchett, combines music and story telling in a tale from the 11th century Persian epic, Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by Abolqasem Ferdowsi. Taken from the Shahnameh, the title of the piece notes the passage of time from one scene to another.
Broom Tree Theatre at Astoria First Presbyterian (View)
Astoria, NY 11106