Co-curated by Jeffrey Zeigler and Graham Reynolds and commissioned by Golden Hornet, The Sound of Science will be a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music by seven celebrated composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Ziegler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. The premiere will be held in New York City in the Fall of 2018, followed by presentations in Austin, Mexico City, and beyond.
Paired with scientists of their own choosing, composers will create music inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s practice. From West African storytelling and collaborations with Herbie Hancock, to elaborate effects and tours with St. Vincent, each composer is celebrated for their unfettered originality. Lost or living on, the array of scientists represents the minds which intrigue the musicians, and the range of research that has shaped humanity as a whole.
THE COMPOSERS | THE SCIENTISTS
Yuka Honda, born in Japan, based in NYC, and founder of Cibo Matto, is exploring the life and passion of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson, the “Human Computer” who calculated Apollo 11’s route to the moon.
Foday Musa Suso, the world renowned kora player from Gambia, is celebrating his peanut-based connection to Botanist, Chemist, and prolific inventor George Washington Carver.
Paola Prestini, NYC composer and Director of National Sawdust, is working with Columbia University Climatologist Andrew Kruczkiewicz as both a scientific and musical collaborator, looking at the climate’s future and significance of data currently being collected.
Maja S.K. Ratjke, a composer of Norway, was raised in the presence of science papers, since her mother, Signe Kjelstrup, is a Professor of Physical Chemistry. Ratjke’s piece will reflect on this intimately personal relationship, and on the impact of her mother’s work on the grander scale of humanity.
Sarah Lipstate is a composer and filmmaker whose solo project Noveller has toured with Iggy Pop, St. Vincent, and many more. Her piece will celebrate the many developments made by Physicist Marie Curie, originator of the radioactive isotopes used in the medical procedure that Sarah underwent in college.
Felipe Pérez Santiago is a Mexican composer who will fulfill his lifelong fascination with the universe through the creation of music celebrating Astronomer Jill Tarter, who has dedicated her life to the search for extraterrestrial life and is sharing her audio recordings with Santiago.
Graham Reynolds, Austin-based composer-bandleader, will explore the efforts of Neuroscientist Kristen Harris, who has spent decades working to elucidate the structural components of the brain as it relates to learning and memory, in one piece of music; and in a second, those of Biologist Barry Chernoff, who leads research and preservation efforts focused on future generations.
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ABOUT GOLDEN HORNET
Drawing on the collaborative spirit of rock bands and the composer-led nature of classical music, Golden Hornet commissions new music, fosters young and emerging composers, and presents adventurous works in non-traditional settings. We are a composer laboratory for the 21st century. Find out more here.