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Acclaimed composer Nico Muhly brings together three composers across three generations—Jethro Cooke, Jordan Munson, and Joe Snape—whose music relies on three dimensions, concerned as it is with capturing a moment in both space and time.
Jethro Cooke will attempt to address what he sees as one of the biggest problems with live performance of digital music: the barrier between performer and audience that is created by the invisible relationship between the musician and the music. Laptop screens and raised stages can make it difficult for people to establish a visual context for the sounds they hear, a context that is vital for holding attention in any art. By using homemade hardware and a simplified musical language, Cooke will try to create a piece that is engaging visually as well as aurally. In Muhly’s words, Cooke is “one of a generation of composers who are fluent in music both offline and online, digital and acoustic. He's building on electronic music techniques from as far back as the 60s, but in a confident and fresh way.”
Joe Snape’s Lärmlicht probes the expressive potential of incandescent light in a sonic context. Slow yellows and white-hot glares play out against pitch dark, superposed with their own, amplified sounds. Painstakingly programmed glow by glow, Lärmlicht is frantic, intimate, violent and fragile all at once. Muhly first experienced his music at Cambridge University where Snape “presented a thrilling work in progress in which a live musician triggered lights of various intensities. The performance was visceral and musical, and this work at The Kitchen is an extension of that piece.”
Jordan Munson is a sound and video artist whose work explores memory, ephemera, and our relationship to technology. Often utilizing found media and experimental instruments, his compositions employ layered textures to build subtly changing landscapes. As Muhly puts it, "Munson is a fantastic collaborator as comfortable working visually as he is sonically. His compositional and gestural languages blur between the screen and the score.”
April 4–5, 8pm
Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with support from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and with public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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