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New Sounds Live from Brookfield Place 2016

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The Winter Garden at Brookfield Place
New Sounds Live at Brookfield Place
October 12-14, 2016, 7:30PM
Winter Garden
220 Vesey Street
Admission FREE
  • The Crossing & Pete M. Wyer Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30PM
  • Sarah Neufeld with special guest Colin Stetson - Thursday, October 13th at 7:30PM
  • Vernon Reid and Laraaji Friday, October 14th at 7:30PM
  • "iForest," the installation, runs October 15 – October 23, 2016
    7:00 AM – 10:00 PM        Monday – Saturday
    7:00 AM – 6:00 PM          Sunday

The New Sounds Live concert series returns to Brookfield Place for three nights of adventurous music, all performed within a continuous sound installation in October. On Wednesday, October 12, The Crossing choir from Philadelphia performs the world premiere of a new commission based around the theory that human speech evolved from birdsong by composer Pete M. Wyer. Thursday, October 13th is a night of minimalism-driven folk-nuanced music by violinist/composer Sarah Neufeld, with guest instrumentalist Colin Stetson, who might be best known for their work in the band Arcade Fire. Then, Friday, October 14, guitarist Vernon Reid and multi-instrumentalist Laraaji, on zither, will fill the vaulting cathedral ceilings with new musical works. 

Wyer's soundscape, or "iForest," will transform the Winter Garden's 16 living palm trees into an English forest through the use of a 16-channel sonic installation built around his recordings of the "dawn chorus," a rich symphony of birdsong recorded in the English countryside, and other natural sounds.  The installation opens on Wednesday, October 12 and will continue in the Winter Garden through Sunday, October 23.  The three concerts all take place within this rich sonic environment. 

the Crossing

The Crossing & Pete M. Wyer
"Song of the Human"
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Human speech can be quite musical - there's pitch, rhythm, tone and dynamics, if one removes words, says composer Pete M. Wyer. This "Song of the Human" is what's left, and is remarkably similar to birdsong. Hear The Crossing choir from Philadelphia perform the world premiere of “Song of the Human, an Arts Brookfield-commissioned composition by Pete M. Wyer. Taking place within a 16-channel immersive soundscape that includes the dawn chorus, the work was inspired by Shigeru Miyagawa’s theory that human language evolved from birdsong. The Crossing also performs music by Latvian composer Santa Ratniece & "Svyati," a work for chorus and solo cello by the late Sir John Tavener.


Sarah Neufeld with special guest Colin Stetson
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The violinist/composer Sarah Neufeld fuses rhythmic chordal violin riffs with vocal melodies, making music which lands squarely in no genre on her most recent solo record, "The Ridge." She is helped out with whale-like sounds courtesy of a lyricon, played by fellow Constellation records recording artist, saxophone wizard Colin Stetson. Both musicians also play in the Montreal-based band called Arcade Fire.  

Vernon Reid and Laraaji

Vernon Reid and Laraaji
Friday, October 14, 2016

The masterful guitarist, composer, and improviser Vernon Reid, who is also the founder and main songwriter of the band Living Colour, joins forces with the zither's celestial sounds, as performed by the multi-instrumentalist Laraaji