If you think of Ireland, contemporary art music probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Maybe it should be. When it's rainy and cold out this Sunday, snuggle up to two live concerts of warm post-minimalism that were plucked from right under the noses of New York audiences at (Le) Poisson Rouge. We present a globe-trotting alloy of composer-performers that include Evan Ziporyn and the Irish New Music heavyweights, Crash Ensemble.
Since its founding in 1992, New Music ambassadors, the Bang on a Can All-Stars have converted countless listeners to contemporary music through their energetic and rousing performances that speak to the masses. Founding clarinetist, composer and MIT professor, Evan Ziporyn is one such Renaissance man and his works, Typical Music and No Return are spotlighted in this September 27 show at (Le) Poisson Rouge (featured in the first half of Sunday's episode). He is flanked by violinist Todd Reynolds and fellow All-Stars, pianist Vicky Chow and cellist Ashley Bathgate.
Ziporyn is well-known for his deep-seeded interest in Balinese gamelan music which he has studied for over thirty years. Both Typical Music and No Return, though not directly featuring traditional gamelan performers, certainly invoke the Balinese spirit through their rhythmic drive and harmonic language.
After Ziporyn's performance, we bring you Crash Ensemble. An eclectic, multi-instrumental unit, they have commissioned and premiered works of the most cutting edge variety, including those by composers ranging from Peter Adriaansz to Kevin Volans. They consider every aspect of their interdisciplinary performances--from lighting design to sound engineering and video production--important parts of their identity and cause. Fully established in the contemporary Irish musical domain, Crash Ensemble has successfully hosted their own international music festivals in Dublin, attracting composers and performers from around the world. Crash Ensemble has recorded with the NMC and Cantaloupe labels. This Sunday, listen to the group handle Riley, Reich, Lang and CE's director, Donnacha Dennehy, from their appearance in New York on May 10, 2010.