Source: Ecstatic Music.
Thursday, February 18 (7 pm ET): Bell Orchestre – A Performance Film
Montreal’s Bell Orchestre comes together in the beautiful Canadian countryside to make this unique concert film. Bell Orchestre consists of six musical mavericks, including Arcade Fire members Sarah Neufeld and Richard Reed Parry, who, on their critically-acclaimed first two albums, have shifted the boundaries of instrumental music. The group cites such diverse influences as Talk Talk, Lee ‘Scratch’ Parry, and Arvo Pärt, which come together to form a contemporary sound, as if Debussy had composed his fragile impressionism with the knowledge of the ecstatic possibility of a pop concert.
Thursday, May 6 (7 pm): Ecstatic Music: Conrad Tao
This season, pianist, composer, Avery Fisher Career Grant winner and 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Conrad Tao has invited audiences into his creative practice at monthly Performance as Process events live streamed on Facebook as he investigates possible repertoire and musical approaches. The culmination of this shared artistic journey, his Ecstatic Music performance draws on his work in piano, electronics, composition and improvisation to re-work and re-imagine what a piano recital can be. Tao’s Performance as Process presentations will continue on Thursday January 14, February 25, March 25, and April 22. These online events are free.
Sunday, May 9 (7 pm): Ecstatic Music: Seth Parker Woods
Hailed by The Guardian as “a cellist of power and grace” who possesses “mature artistry and willingness to go to the brink,” cellist and 2020-21 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence Seth Parker Woods has established a reputation as a versatile artist straddling several genres. Woods will perform a program of works for cello, electronics and film by Nathalie Joachim (The Race: 1915), Fredrick Gifford (Difficult Grace), Monty Adkins (Winter Tendrils), Freida Abtan (My Heart Is A River), Ryan Carter (Default Mode Network) and a new reimagining of Pierre Alexandre Tremblay’s asinglewordisnotenough 3 [invariant] with choreographer Roderick George.
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Thursday, May 27 (7 pm)
Vocalists and instrumentalists from Kaufman Music Center’s Special Music School High School give an exclusive work-in-progress performance of Centuries in the Hours: From Home, an opera by composer and 2020-21 KMC Artist-in-Residence Lisa Bielawa. The opera illuminates the lives of American women by setting selections from 72 American women’s diaries spanning three centuries, discovered during extensive research by Bielawa as a William Randolph Hearst Visiting Artist Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society in 2018. The diarists include a freed slave who became a missionary in Hawaii (1823), an isolated teen poetic genius in Butte, Montana (1901), a 13-year-old Filipina immigrant going to school for the first time (1921), a New England abolitionist (1860s) and many more. Might the lens of women’s diaries provide a “shelter-in-place” viewpoint of our shared history?