Tonight (April 17) at 8:30 pm at REDCAT, critically acclaimed modern music collective wild Up presents a concert in conjunction with the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival. The ensemble will play a wide range of music—from a piece by revered avant garde composer Edgar Varèse to a new video work by Brooklyn composer Jacob Cooper to a cover by rock behemoths They Might Be Giants—in a concert that connects the new music scenes of the two coasts.
Titled “Bridge to Palm,” the program mainly explores work by the group’s influential contemporaries from Brooklyn, as artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree explains:
We’re looking at the music being made by our friends in Brooklyn. The group is interested in where this eclectic style of music making fits in the canon, and where it mixes with work made on the West Coast. From hocket [a compositional technique of alternating between multiple parts or voices] roots in Bach and Varèse, through the influence of [American theatrical composer] Sondheim and the pop idiom, to experimentalism, noise, and multimedia—We’ll will be exploring these composers’ complex simplicity.
The program includes:
- Edgar Varèse – Octandre
- David Longstreth – Instructional Video, Matt Damon and Breakfast at J&M
- Du Yun – Vicissitudes No. 1
- They Might Be Giants – Cover arr. Andrew Tholl (Music DMA 12, MFA 08)
- David T. Little – Haunted Topography
- Jacob Cooper – Black or White
- Matt Marks – Song for Wade, featuring Matt Marks, voice
- Andrew Norman – Susanna, featuring Andrew McIntosh (Music MFA 08), viola
- Matt McBane – a new work for wild Up
- J.S. Bach – Double Concerto, featuring Caleb Burhans and Tholl, violins
Featuring more than 20 players, the ensemble originated in Brooklyn in 2010. Most of its members are CalArts alumni.
For more information about the LA Phil’s Brooklyn Festival, visit their site.