Thomas Bartlet & Nico Muhly - Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music
Jun
8
8:00 PM20:00

Thomas Bartlet & Nico Muhly - Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music

Using Colin McPhee’s transcriptions of Balinese music as a springboard for their own texturally hypnotic dual piano compositions, Nico Muhly and Doveman perform a collection of nine new songs.

Colin McPhee, whose music inspired tonight’s performance, was the first composer to seriously study the music of Java and Bali, producing a number of transcriptions for two pianos that reimagined the gamelan for Western ears. In turn, Nico Muhly and Doveman reimagine McPhee’s transcriptions for the 21st Century, borrowing their mesmerising interlocking patterns for a new collaborative album to be released on Nonesuch Records, Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music – which they will perform in its entirety tonight.

The record, ten years in the making, was born from Muhly’s and Bartlett’s shared love of Colin McPhee’s music. McPhee himself was a close friend of Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears – an accomplished musician in his own right, for whom this collaborative project is named.

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Fast Cycles - American Minimalism at the Organ
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Fast Cycles - American Minimalism at the Organ

Nico Muhly, James McVinnie, Eliza McCarthy, Timo Andres & Chris Thompson

O Antiphons Nico Muhly
Fast Cycles Nico Muhly
Beaming Music Nico Muhly
Twitchy Organs Nico Muhly
Four Organs Steve Reich
Mad Rush Philip Glass

Explore new musical worlds as US composer Nico Muhly, one of the most influential musicians working today, joins with innovative organist James McVinnie and friends to present his own music alongside iconic masterpieces from the American minimalist tradition. The programme includes one of the most important works of the twentieth-century, Steve Reich’s Four Organs, a piece that nearly caused a riot at its Carnegie Hall debut, Michael Tilson Thomas recalling: “One woman walked down the aisle and repeatedly banged her head on the front of the stage, wailing ‘Stop, stop, I confess.’”

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Beijing Modern Festival
May
26
4:00 PM16:00

Beijing Modern Festival

  • Central Conservatory of Music Concert Hall (map)
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Alarm Will Sound performs at the 2018 ISCM World Music Days (presented this year as part of the Beijing Modern Festival) at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China.

Music by Chen Yi, Stephen Yip, Zhong Jucheng, Zhou Long, Charles Peck, Andrew Norman, and Caleb Burhans.

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Alarm System
May
9
8:00 PM20:00

Alarm System

Alarm Will Sound returns to Saint Louis and the Sheldon Concert Hall on May 9 to perform new music by DJ/producer King Britt, Alexandra Drewchin (Eartheater), and multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi. These musical artists collaborate with Alarm Will Sound to create new work that brings together the diversity of their backgrounds, from electronica to classical from jazz to noise. This push to mix styles and defy genres is part of the Alarm System project, whose world-class participants over the last four years have included artists such as jazz/avant-garde trio Medeski Martin & Wood, Warp Records artist Mira Calix, Brian Reitzell (composer of the soundtrack to the television show Hannibal), and St. Louis Native Ryan McNeely.

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