loadbang Presents: Premieres Vol. 13
On November 14th 7:30PM at Opera Americas Marc A. Scorca Hall, loadbang Presents: Premieres Vol. 13.
A continuation of their ongoing series dedicated to expanding the repertoire for their unique instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice), this installation will include world premieres by Oren Boneh, Erik Carlson, Yu Kuwabara, and the winner of loadbangs 2018 commission competition, Cristina Lord; as well as a work for loadbang and electronics by Daniel Bayot.
Oren Bonehs Five Fantasies run the gamut from austere, quasi-mechanical gestures, to expressionistic lyricism. Setting a nonsense text of his own devising, meant to create the feeling of listening to singing a language you dont speak, Boneh creates exceptional textures novel techniques: the brass players play only their mouthpieces through wah wah mutes, the baritone sings goat trills on fast leaping notes, and the bass clarinet wails in extreme registers. Yu Kuwabaras A song about a dead person also vacillates between various extremes. The repetitive text, drawn from Jerome Rothenbergs Shaking the Pumpkin, is set in a pianissimo chorale, with the voice in a tamped down falsetto. Rhythmic interruptions alternate with, combine with, and eventually overtake the chorale textures.
Cristina Lord, loadbangs 2018 commission competition winner, has written a three movement work entitled the state of things. Through three movements (production, accumulation, suffocation), the work obliquely describes the environmentally treacherous overabundance of human society. Erik Carlsons for ensemble creates an expansive palette of possibilities for loadbang. Consisting only of a single page of instructions and a computer program to cue the ensemble, the work deals with the edges of what a composition is. The performers each choose a tone to play independently, then the computer program gives an instruction whether the next sound is to be shorter or longer, softer or louder, higher or lower, or one of the 26 possible combinations of those. Finally, Daniel Bayots I want to remain in that feeling. sets a text by Pablo Saborio by deconstructing it into rhythmic pops clicks and breaths. The instruments and electronics work together to grow from the spare and consonant-focused opening to a rich bed of harmony and a sense of expansive space, eventually collapsing back to where it began.
Marc A. Scorca Hall, National Opera America Center (View)
330 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001
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