New Sounds Live at Brookfield Place
October 12-14, 2016, 7:30PM
220 Vesey Street
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 & 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
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.