Conductor/Classical Music Innovator Christopher Rountree Curates Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's Session, which Explores Classical Music's Cutting-Edge Sounds
Produced by LACO in Collaboration with Four Larks, SESSION Features wild Up and Includes Works by Sam Adams, Kate Moore, Ashley Fure, Marcos Balter and Others
Conductor and classical music innovator Christopher Rountree, founder of the renegade twenty-four-piece ensemble wild Up, curates Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) SESSION, an innovative performance experience with site-specific visual concepts staged by the art collective Four Larks, on Friday October 11, 8 pm, at Pico Union Project in Downtown L.A. Designed to explore classical music's cutting-edge sounds and challenge traditional concert-going expectations, the evening features special guest wild Up on a range of audio- and genre-bending works, including Retrouvailles by Greek composer Georges Aperghis, Brazilian-born composer Marcos Balter’s adventurous Codex Seraphianus for flute, saxophone, bassoon and viola, and Ashley Fure’s Shiver Lung for ensemble and electronics, in which a ring of subwoofers encircle the audience, projecting soundwaves too low to hear until performers slide the flesh of their hands across each palpitating surface, pulling the soundwaves into the realm of the audible. Also on the program are Sam Adams’ Shade Studies, which examines the counterpoint between the acoustic resonance of the piano and sine waves Jesse Marino’s Endless Shrimp for two performers, kitchen instruments and video Australian-born composer Kate Moore’s Fern for flute, clarinet, percussion and electroacoustic soundtrack and Eric Wubbels’ Katachi, scored for sextet with live electronics, which he describes as “a skein of yarn that continually changes color.”
Rountree founded wild Up in 2010. The group’s eccentric mix of new music, pop and performance art quickly jumped from raucous DIY bar shows to being lauded as the vanguard for classical music by critics from The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and public radio’s Performance Today. Now an institution in its own right, wild Up and its success has led Rountree to collaborations with Björk, John Adams, David Lang, Scott Walker and many of the world’s greatest orchestras and ensembles. An experimental classical ensemble, wild Up is committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings that are designed to bring people together and defy convention. The L.A.-based group unites around the belief that no music is off limits and the concept that concert spaces should be as compelling as the music heard in them.
Four Larks, creative producers and art directors of SESSION, is noted for blurring the lines between dance, theater and opera. The organization, based in in downtown L.A., works variously as chamber-pop band, physical theatre ensemble and immersive space-makers. Four Larks has garnered acclaim for its award-winning "junkyard operas" that combine large-scale immersive design with innovative orchestration and dynamic physical theatre. Composer/Director Mat Sweeney and Creative Producer Sebastian Peters-Lazaro have been creating original work as Four Larks since 2008 alongside an international collective of collaborators.
SESSION, whose programs fit the unique properties of unconventional spaces and test ideas about the relationship between performers and audiences, continues on May 21 with a program curated by composer Missy Mazzoli. (Location to be announced.)
Presenter / Producer: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Music > Chamber Music
Music > Contemporary Classical / New Music
Event Phone: 213-622-7001
Pico Union Project
1153 Valencia Street
Los Angeles CA 90015
LA - Central / Downtown
Performance Dates: 10/11/2019
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