METROPOLIS ENSEMBLE PRESENTS
A series with composer Christopher Cerrone
Photo by Alexander Robinson
Through repeat collaborations, repeat performances, or through musical repetition itself, the series explores how both sounds and working-relationships evolve over long periods of time. There are no world premieres on these concerts. Instead, the goal of this series is to give these artists the opportunity to develop work after its premiere—giving recently created work the chance to evolve the same way older work does. I am thrilled that Metropolis Ensemble offers such a flexible and supportive platform to share these ideas with you.
The series begins with a concert featuring the award-winning Argus Quartet (who continue their collaboration with Metropolis Ensemble), featuring works by Ted Hearne, Christopher Theofanidis, and Juri Seo, along with the NYC premiere of my Can’t and Won’t as well as How to Breathe Underwater for quartet and electronics. (Dec. 3 at 8pm at Metropolis Ensemble’s venue 1 Rivington)
The second concert of the series features The Living Earth Show, performing works written for them by some of the most vital living composers, each of whom was born in, immigrated to, or utilizes the musical traditions created within the current borders of the United States. The show investigates the role of geography in shaping musical language. The collaborators built this program to ask the question: what does it mean for music, culture, or individuals to be considered "American" in 2018?
The series continues with percussionist Andy Meyerson, half of the San Francisco-based genre-bending duo, The Living Earth Show. Andy will present a solo recital of electro-acoustic works, including music by Sarah Hennies, Amadeus Regucera, Samuel Adams, Adrian Knight and the NYC premiere of a new solo arrangement of my piece A Natural History of Vacant Lots, originally commissioned by Third Coast Percussion and Miller Theatre. (Jan. 8, 2019 at 8pm at 1 Rivington St)
The series closes with long-time friends and collaborators Metropolis Ensemble and I both share, Sandbox Percussion (with Elspeth Davis joining as solo vocalist). They present my large-scale work for voice and percussion quartet, Goldbeater’s Skin featuring text by the poet G.C. Waldrep. The evening also features works by Julia Wolfe and Viet Cuong, among others. The evening will close with a conversation between G.C. Waldrep. (Feb. 24, 2019 at Caveat, NYC)