On January 11, 2018, An die Musik LIVE! hosts JOY ON FIRE and Heterodyne.
JOY ON FIRE
formed in 2009 in Baltimore, as SuperSharpShooter. When Chris (drums) joined the band in 2013, and Anna (sax) and John (bass) moved to North Carolina, they changed the name to JOY ON FIRE and released their self-titled debut album. Now based in New Jersey, and with the release of Fire with Fire, their second album and first with PROCRASTINATION RECORDS, JoF tours from Burlington to New Orleans, with frequent stops in Maryland, both for gigs and for recording at Mobtown Studios in Baltimore, where the group is currently working on its third record, Hymn.
is an improvisational project; its core performers are Maria Shesiuk (synthesizers and processed vocalizations) and T. A. Zook (NS Design Omni Bass, strung as a basscello). Although it is essentially a duo, when complex schedules permit, it performs with Patrick Whitehead on quarter-tone flügelhorn and trumpet; Bob Boilen on ARP synthesizer; Doug Kallmeyer on bass; Jerry Busher on drums; 2017 DC Jazzies’ “Best Alto Saxophone”
winner Sarah Hughes on sax; Leah Gage on drums; Sam Lohman on drums; Amanda Huron on drums; and Dan Gutstein, spoken word. Links to free downloads of Heterodyne’s sessions and performances are posted at https://goo.gl/SK7Hqz
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Source: Ensemble Dal Niente.
THURSDAY/SATURDAY JANUARY 18 & 20, 2017 @ 7 PM
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater
2433 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Tickets $30 General /$20 Student
CHICAGO: Ensemble Dal Niente presents Michael Hersch’s searing masterpiece On the Threshold of Winter, a gripping meditation on death based on the harrowing final poems of the Romanian poet Martin Sorescu, written after the poet won the nobel prize and was diagnosed with liver cancer in the same year. For the third installment in the STAGED series, guest soprano Ah Young Hong joins Dal Niente to reprise her role as the monodrama’s “lone, blazing star” (The New York Times) in this searing, unflinching confrontation of the human journey.
Hersch first encountered Sorescu’s The Bridge in 2010, as he lost a friend to cancer while undergoing cancer treatment himself. He created his own libretto based around Sorescu’s verses and composed the opera around it. Hersch’s music exhibits dark, fragile textures and quietly complex seriousness. Here, he stitches together poems of pain and death into an emotionally affecting and enduring musical experience. Dal Niente’s staging will be the work’s third performance, and will include newly designed projections by Maxwell Bowman.
On the Threshold of Winter is scored for soprano and an ensemble of eight musicians playing flute, oboe, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, piano, violin, cello, and percussion (including drums, chimes, crotales, cymbals, gongs, vibraphone, anvil). To find out more about the opera including a video trailer for the original production, go to http://www.thresholdopera.com/