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New Sounds Live Concert Series 2010-2011

Darcy James Argue's Big Band and NewspeakThis season’s New Sounds Live Concert Series gets underway on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at the World Financial Center with a new site-specific memorial mass, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” by sound artists Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger combining human voices and ambient sound to mark the passing of a way of life dependent on cheap fossil fuels. On the first weekend of December 2010, guitarist/composer/looper Robert Fripp returns to the World Financial Center to create his gorgeous, spontaneous “Soundscapes” with his electric guitar and Frippertronics (Friday, December 3 and Saturday, December 4)

The New Sounds Live silent film music series returns to the World Financial Center's Winter Garden on February 2-4, 2011, with new scores by the Alloy Orchestra, who thrash and grind an outrageous assemblage of peculiar objects and synthesizers as they accompany classic silents. This season’s films are Harold Lloyd's “Speedy,” Douglas Fairbanks’ “The Black Pirate,” and a trio of comedic shorts, “Masters of Slapstick” (Chaplin, Keaton, Laurel & Hardy.) Then, on February 10, 2011, it’s the annual Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund concert at Merkin Hall, with new works by Bryce Dessner, Karsh Kale and Nick Brooke. At the month’s end, there’s a battle of the big bands on the night of February 24, 2011 at Merkin Hall, as Newspeak (pictured, bottom) & Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society (pictured, top) go head-to-head, performing music by jazz pianist/composer Vijay Iyer, Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizée, and Darcy James Argue.

March 16, 2011 brings a long-awaited performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider’s song-cycle, “ Penelope” to Merkin Hall, featuring performances by the new music sextet, yMusic and vocalist Shara Worden. The work “Penelope” centers on a woman whose long-missing former husband turns up at her door, traumatized by two decades spent in an unnamed war. To restore his memory, the woman reads aloud from Homer's "Odyssey." The final New Sounds Live concert of the season is on March 28, 2011 at Merkin Hall, with a program of 5 new works, each for soloist and So Percussion. Among the soloists are harpist Zeena Parkins; turntablist DJ Olive, drummer Bobby Previte, and keyboardist John Medeski. 

All of the concerts are hosted by John Schaefer, and will be taped for future broadcast on WNYC.


Schedule of Events

O&AFriday, Nov. 12, 2010 at 7PM
World Financial Center
“Requiem For Fossil Fuels” By O+A
Human voices and city sounds combine in site-specific sonic memorial to fossil fuels by acclaimed sound art duo O&A, Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger.

 

 

FrippFriday, December 3, 12:30 and 7PM
Saturday, December 4, 12:30 and 7PM

World Financial Center
Robert Fripp’s Soundscapes
Based on his Frippertronics explorations of the ‘70s, English guitarist, composer, and founder of the prog-rock band, King Crimson, Robert Fripp creates site-specific solo performances weaving sonic tapestries with electric guitar and digital effects.

 

SpeedyFebruary 2-4, 2011 at 7PM
World Financial Center
New Music for Silent Film
New scores by the Alloy Orchestra to classic silent films. Including a new score to the Harold Lloyd's “Speedy,” Douglas Fairbanks’ “The Black Pirate,” and a trio of comedic shorts, including a Chaplin film, a Buster Keaton film, and one by Laurel and Hardy.

 

BoaC All-StarsThursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Merkin Hall
Bang on a Can PCF Concert
Three new works, commissioned by the people, for the people, performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and guests. Featuring World Premiere commissions of new works by Bryce Dessner, Karsh Kale and Nick Brooke.

 

DJASecSoc. & Newspeak Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Merkin Hall
Newspeak & Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society
The eight-piece ensemble Newspeak performs new works by Darcy James Argue, and Vijay Iyer. Argue’s 18-piece big band Secret Society takes on new works by Iyer and the Montreal-based composer Nicole Lizée.

 

SarahWednesday, March 16, 2011 at 7:30pm
Merkin Hall
Penelope by Sarah Kirkland Snider
with yMusic and vocalist Shara Worden.
Snider’s art song/chamber folk/post-rock song cycle for female voice, chamber orchestra, and electronics. Features new music sextet yMusic.

 

So Percussion Monday, March 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Merkin Hall
So Percussion & Bobby Previte
Five new works, each for soloist and So Percussion. Includes soloist Zeena Parkins, electric harp; DJ Olive, turntables; John Medeski, keyboards; and Bobby Previte, drums