Music in Layers
Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 8pm
The Leonard Nemoy Thalia at Symphony Space ($15 / $12 students and seniors)
Composer collective and new music ensemble Red Light New Music presents its final mainstage concert of the 2011/12 season: Music in Layers.
Music in Layers features both new and newly arranged chamber music works, written by JOHN CAGE, and Red Light New Music composers CHRISTOPHER CERRONE, ADRIAN KNIGHT, VINCENT RAIKHEL, LIAM ROBINSON and SCOTT WOLLSCHLEGER, and performed by the core Red Light New Music Ensemble.
The program will be presented in two continuous halves, in which each featured work will be linked to the following work by electronic interludes comprised of layered field recordings of sounds both natural and urban. Composer Liam Robinson also offers a song cycle, sung here by the charismatic soprano MELLISSA HUGHES, which will be performed in intervals throughout the concert, offering a kind of narrative arc to the program.
Christopher Cerrone explains “The goal of this concert is to create a layered soundscape for our audience that is both removed from and related to the sounds of New York City. New York’s clamor can desensitize our ears from hearing the novelty and beauty of the noises around us; with Music in Layers we hope to reveal and refresh that sensitivity by using carefully manipulated field recordings of sounds of both natural and urban environments to lead the listener from piece to piece. Liam’s song cycle—rustic and simple, focused on a series of simple and consonant intervals – complements the more cacophonous materials on the program. As in nature, there is both order and disorder.”