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Ecstatic Music Festival 2013: Clogs, Sarah Kirkland Snider & Orchestra for the Next Century

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For this second of three New Sounds Live concerts from the Ecstatic Music Festival, on Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at 7:30PM at Merkin Hall, it's a double-bill of vocally-driven new music. Hear Sarah Kirkland Snider's new song-cycle for seven vocalists and chamber orchestra,"Unremembered," featuring vocal performances by DM Stith, Shara Worden and Padma Newsome along with the Orchestra for the Next Century.  The work sets poetry by New-York-based poet/writer Nathaniel Bellows recalling strange and beautiful happenings experienced during a childhood in rural Massachusetts. Also sharing the bill is the indie chamber band Clogs in a trio incarnation with Newsome (vocals, viola), Rachael Elliott (bassoon) and Thomas Kozumplik (percussion). Together with the Orchestra for the Next Century, directed by Gary Schneider, Clogs perform new works and arrangements by Newsome, Worden and Stith.



In Snider's song cycle Unremembered, The pastoral is belied by a subtle pathos as a houseguest takes sudden leave in the middle in the night, a boy makes a shocking discovery on the banks of a river, a girl disappears in woods behind a ranging farm, a swan meets its artless end -- all while the grouse fly and birdsong intones wordlessly through the fields.  Arrangements for chamber orchestra and Clogs as a trio include a Brooklyn Youth Chorus commission by Shara Worden, and a work from "2 Moon Smile."

SKSSarah Kirkland Snider
writes for varied instrumentation, from solo to orchestra, unaccompanied voice to choir. Her works, which strive for an indifference to boundaries of style or genre, have been performed internationally by artists and ensembles from around the world including ACME, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Colin Currie, Dinosaur Annex, Firebird Ensemble, Hebrides Ensemble, the Knights, NOW Ensemble, Psappha, Roomful of Teeth, Signal, Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and yMusic, among others. Heard in a diverse array of venues ranging from classical (Carnegie Hall) to experimental (The Kitchen) to rock (The Bell House), her works have also been featured in festivals such as Aspen, Ecstatic, Colorado, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, Bang On a Can Summer, MATA, Carlsbad, Look & Listen, 21C Liederabend, SONiC, Bennington CMC, and the Keys to the Future Contemporary Piano Music.

Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, Sarah has an M.M. and Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. In 2006 she was a Schumann Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival. The recipient of numerous honors and distinctions for her music, she has studied with Martin Bresnick, Marc-Andre Dalbavie, Justin Dello Joio, Aaron Jay Kernis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, and Christopher Rouse. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and Princeton, NJ, with her husband, Steven, their son, Jasper, and her newborn daughter, Dylan. Her music is published by Good Child Music Publishing.


Clogs trioClogs
are musicians from the U.S. and Australia whose work traverses time and place and through which seemingly disparate influences are seamlessly drawn in. They compose and improvise using sounds and textures from across the musical spectrum—the immediacy of folk and rock music, twisted Americana, the complexity of modern composition. Clogs have recently performed with Shara Worden at the 2012 Halifax Jazz Festival, the 2011 Ecstatic Music Festival and 2011 Barbican Centre's Reverberations Festival. Other noteworthy performances by the quartet have included the 2010 Big Ears Festival, a collaboration with the Brooklyn Philharmonic in 2009 at the Howard Gilman Opera House at BAM, and appearances at both the 2007 and 2008 Sydney Festivals. They have also performed at such venues/events as the Bang on a Can Marathon, MusicNow Festival, Wexner Center for the Arts, MFA Boston, and the Warhol Museum.


Orchestra for the Next Century
performs a blend of music from all time periods, with a special emphasis on the most compelling scores being written by today’s very fertile crop of genre-defying composers. The ensemble presents concerts that are virtuosic in execution, heartfelt in presentation and enthusiastic in performance. Award-winning conductor/composer Gary M. Schneider, leads the ensemble. He is a noted advocate and interpreter of the music of today, and a critically acclaimed conductor of symphonic, operatic, musical theatre, jazz and third-stream repertoire on both sides of the Atlantic.



Shara Worden
is best known as the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of My Brightest Diamond, a band that mixes elements of opera, cabaret, chamber music, and rock. Classically trained as a singer and composer, Shara received a BA in Classical Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas and later continued her opera training privately in New York, where she also studied composition with Padma Newsome and composed music for theater. Since 2006 My Brightest Diamond has released two studio albums, Bring Me the Workhorse and A Thousand Shark’s Teeth, to wide critical acclaim; in 2006 Shara was nominated Female Artist of the Year in the PLUG Independent Music Awards. In addition to her work as My Brightest Diamond, Shara has performed and recorded as a guest vocalist with a number of artists across a diverse array of genres including Laurie Anderson, David Byrne, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, Bon Iver, the National, and St. Vincent, among others.


DM Stith
is a singer/songwriter, designer, and multi-instrumentalist who released "Heavy Ghost" in 2009 for the Asthmatic Kitty label. David Stith has performed at the Sydney Opera House, Beacon Theatre in New York, Royal Festival Hall in London, and hundreds of shows in Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2011, Stith, with his clear-as-a-bell voice, was incorporated into Sufjan Stevens’ live show that took the pair to more than 25 countries playing in front of many thousands of people. 2012 saw DM touring Europe as lead singer of his band, The Revival Hour, and preparing 2 albums of original material for release in 2013.