Wednesday, January 16, 2013
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.
Friday, October 28, 2011
This Friday at 1 pm on The New Canon, we tread into forbidden territory with the bassoon, championed by bassoonist Rachael Elliott and composer Padma Newsome. Though it has an undeserved bad rap, the bassoon can be beguiling, sonorous, nuanced and a vivid vehicle for music. Fresh off of her most recent new release and NYC appearances, Rachael Elliott talks about bringing glory back to an instrument that composer and music critic Cecil Gray once described as the "Gorgonzola" of musical instruments, "a figure of fun."