The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music 2018/19 Season Announced

Source: Liquid Music.


Hanna Benn and Deantoni Parks: Procession (World Premiere)
New duo collaboration between composer/vocalist Hanna Benn and percussionist Deantoni Parks with SPCO quintet
Sun, Sept 23, 2018
Music at 7:00pm
Machine Shop, Minneapolis

This luminous collaboration between Atlanta-based duo vocalist/composer Hanna Benn (Son Lux, Boots) and percussionist/composer/producer Deantoni Parks (John Cale, Sade, T Bone Burnett, Flying Lotus) delivers a pan-global, posthumanist sound — a combination of ethereal vocal textures with electronic flourishes, anchored by a percussion setup that is evenly split between analog and digital. A “sanctuary of sound” (Pitchfork), Procession explores the motion of ceremonial music in the form of a song cycle with new arrangements by Benn incorporating an SPCO string quintet.

Philip Glass and Dev Hynes for Third Coast Percussion
Co-commissioned by the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series
Sponsored in part by Locus Architecture
Sun, Dec 9, 2018
Music at 7:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Recent Grammy® Award-winners Third Coast Percussion return to Liquid Music with new works by two incredible musical minds: the iconic American composer Philip Glass and the pop polymath Devonté Hynes, a.k.a. Blood Orange. Glass’s new work, written for Third Coast Percussion and co-commissioned by Liquid Music, is his first ever for percussion ensemble. Hynes, who has also become a Glass collaborator in recent years, brings his “dense modern pop with roots in hip-hop, R&B and NYC culture” (The Guardian) to an entirely new sound world in his piece for Third Coast Percussion. More concert details to be announced.

Jennifer Koh: Limitless with Tyshawn Sorey and Vijay Iyer
New duo works by composer-performers Sorey and Iyer for Koh, alongside solo and improvised work from all three
Wed, Jan 9, 2019
Music at 7:30pm
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, Saint Paul

The “thoughtful and intense” (The New York Times) violinist Jennifer Koh, “a prodigious builder of musical bridges” (Los Angeles Times), brings her most recent commissioning project to Saint Paul. Limitless celebrates the collaborative relationship between composer and performer, while also exploring the historical role of the composer as performer. This spirit of collaboration contrasts with the conventional notion that composition and performance are discrete and detached parts of the musical process. In an intimate set, Koh will be joined by the “radical and seemingly boundless” (Wall Street Journal) composer and multi-instrumentalist Tyshawn Sorey and “extravagantly gifted” (The New Yorker) composer and jazz pianist Vijay Iyer to perform the works they premiered in March of 2018 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York. This Liquid Music presentation will see an expanded program of improvisations, duos and solos using Iyer’s The Diamond and Sorey’s In Memoriam Muhal Richard Abrams as concert centerpieces.

Pekka Kuusisto: Tuning Meditation
Copresented with Walker Art Center, a bonus Out There Music event
Sat, Jan 19, 2019
Walker Art Center Gallery 3, Minneapolis

“Supple, lyrical, virtuosic and intensely personal” (The Globe and Mail) SPCO Artistic Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto brings his craft to the Walker Art Center galleries for a rare solo performance inspired by themes of I am you, you are too, an exhibit that explores contemporary life through themes of citizenship, belonging, borders and barriers. Kuusisto will lead the audience in Pauline Oliveros’ Tuning Meditation, part of a series of works written to provide healing in response to the political chaos of the late 1960s. This interactive performance invites participants to engage in listening as an act of peaceful activism in our own tumultuous political climate. Further exploration of the exhibit’s themes will be presented through a set of virtual duos in which Kuusisto will be joined via video projections and sound recordings by international artist-collaborators who collaborate across time and space in the face of new U.S. immigration restrictions.

Kim Gordon & Dimitri Chamblas
Copresented with American Swedish Institute
Mon – Tues, Mar 4 – 5, 2019
Turnblad Mansion, American Swedish Institute
6:30 – 7:30pm: Patrons arrive, grab a drink, explore the Turnblad Mansion and current exhibits
7:30pm: Performance
Post-performance – 10:00pm: Mansion and bar remain open

French choreographer/dancer/curator and newly-appointed CalArts Dean Dimitri Chamblas joins forces with “one of the boldest women in rock” (The New Yorker) musician/songwriter/visual artist Kim Gordon for an intimate and highly experimental evening of improvisatory music and movement. Specially tailored to the unique setting of American Swedish Institute’s Turnblad Mansion, the performance invites audiences to explore the new ASI exhibits and engage in an immersive, open-ended journey. The evening features ASI’s signature hospitality and developing collaborative work by the masterminds, both of which have flooded their fields with distinct innovation and originality.

ModernMedieval: The Living World (World Premieres)
Copresented with Walker Art Center
Ecstatic chants of Hildegard of Bingen, new music by Julianna Barwick, and world premieres by Ben Frost and Angélica Negrón co-commissioned by The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series and Walker Art Center
Fri – Sat, Mar 22 – 23, 2019
Music at 8:00pm
Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, Saint Paul

ModernMedieval, founded by Anonymous 4 member Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, brings together singer-experts in the fields of early and new music to create programs that combine the two in compelling ways. In The Living Word, chants by 12th century mystic Hildegard of Bingen are interwoven with newly commissioned pieces by visionary composer-producers Ben Frost, Angélica Negrón and Julianna Barwick. ModernMedieval (Horner-Kwiatek with Roomful of Teeth’s Eliza Bagg and Abigail Lennox) will be joined by Barwick on Adder for four voices and electronics, and by Frost and Negrón for their world premieres.

Dustin O’Halloran & Fukiko Takase: 1001

Award winning composer and pianist Dustin O’Halloran (Marie Antoinette, Lion, Transparent) whose “sublime” and “enveloping” (DIS) music creates “altered states” (Mojo) teams with choreographer and Company Wayne McGregor member Fukiko Takase to explore ideas of technology, humanity and mind-body dualism in a new electronics-forward existentialist performance 1 0 0 1. As we approach the age of AI, the collaborators ask: how will a new form of consciousness manifest inside a body? What will happen to our soul?

Mike Lewis & Eva Mohn
With light and sound designer Søren Knud Christiansen and performer Sarah Baumert

Minneapolis-based composer, saxophone player and multi-instrumentalist savant Mike Lewis (Andrew Bird, Bon Iver, Happy Apple) and internationally acclaimed performer, locally awarded Sage Artist and City Pages’ “best dancer” 2012 Eva Mohn (Cullberg Ballet, Johannes Wieland Dance, TU Dance) come together to explore the alchemy of their crafts in a new composition about chance, daily mystery and meaning. Joined by sound and light designer Søren Knud Christiansen (Royal Danish Theatre, Edhem Jesenkovic, Recoil Performance Group) and performer Sarah Baumert (Body Cartography Project, Xavier LeRoy, ARENA Dances), this courageous Minneapolis-Stockholm exchange promises audiences a singular experience of intimate gesture and analogue connectivity.

James McVinnie and Darkstar (World Premiere)
Commissioned by the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series
Sat, May 4, 2019
Music at 8:00pm
Northrop, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

One of the world’s most sought-after organists, James McVinnie’s boundless approach to music has led him to collaborations with a wide variety of artists across musical genres such as Nico Muhly, Squarepusher, Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Oneohtrix Point Never and Bryce Dessner. McVinnie will be joined by London-based electronics duo Darkstar for a full evening of new music for electronics and organ performed on Northrop’s spectacular refurbished Aeolian-Skinner organ. McVinnie and Darkstar will explore how synthesis techniques from electronic music can be applied to the organ, using functionality, subtlety, automation and performance to create new music that evolves through Darkstar’s electronic experimentation and McVinnie’s rare versatility on the organ.