The 2019 Look + Listen Festival continues with So To Speak, a curation of experimental songwriting and contemporary chamber music focused on the written word.
Composer/saxophonist Darius Jones joins singer Amirtha Kidambi to present his Angels and Demons, musical adaptations of cosmological writings by iconic improviser and bandleader Sun Ra.
Vocalist and composer Majel Connery presents new songs with “repressed classical influences” from her upcoming EP Anything Chartreuse on sonnets by Oracle Hysterical composer Brad Balliet, and interdisciplinary performances with poet Jeff Dolven based on collected poems from his Speculative Music and A New English Grammar.
Chamber quartet Loadbang rounds out the evening with contemporary text settings that push the boundaries of vocal and instrumental music, including New York’s own neo-baroque composer Jonathan Dawe.
Co-presented by Arété Gallery, performances are accompanied by the exhibition “The Universe, How Vast, How Small” with microcosmic artwork from the gallery’s flatfile collection.
Ya-jhu Yang – Three Pieces*
Haukur Harðarson – Blind*
Jonathan Dawe – Ship of Fools
ZongYun We – Flower*
Adam Zahler – Ledascape
DARIUS JONES (saxophone)
AMIRTHA KIDAMBI (voice)
Darius Jones – Angels and Demons**
MAJEL CONNERY (voice & electronics)
JEFF DOLVEN (poetry)
Majel Connery – Anything Chartreuse
Majel Connery & Jeff Dolven – A New English Grammar
** US Premiere