Meet the Composer (MTC) has long been noted for supporting composers not just in New York but all over the world. In an effort to highlight its national presence, MTC launched Three-City Dash, a festival showcasing composers who call Boston, San Francisco and Chicago their respective homes. This performance at (Le) Poisson Rouge on April 11 features New York-based ensembles Ethel and Alarm Will Sound, performing brand new works by San Francisco-based composers Dohee Lee and Ken Ueno.
Since MTC acts as a "middleman" of sorts between composers, ensembles and audiences, it's only natural that they have recently created Meet the Composer Studio, an online opportunity for audiences to get to know commissioned composers and steal a sneak peek into the creative process. Specific to this San Francisco-centric performance are Dohee Lee and Ken Ueno's own studio pages, complete with video and blog posts, photos of the score, biographies and audio/visual links.
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The centerpiece of Ethel's program for the evening, Dohee Lee's work is an exploration into the relationship between humans, nature and the spirit. Written during Japan's recent earthquakes and tsunamis, this quartet is dedicated both to people who are dealing with the aftermath of natural disaster and to those who struggle with personal suffering.
Iranian/American saxophonist and composer Hafez Modirzadeh intended for this piece to be performed at the Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco in the summer of 2011 but created this abridged version for Ethel to perform this evening at (L)PR. The suite was put together during the uprising in Cairo's Tahrir Square and is a musical expression of the range of emotions experienced by the Egyptian people during the political struggle.
The full name of this work, Ethel Dreams of Temporary Disturbances and Wakes Up with her Head on the Tivo Remote is an NEA commission which uses American television as inspiration.
Though unique for its use of non-traditional instruments including out-of-production Sony digital alarm clocks and microtonal pipes, Ueno's work is most notable for its setting of the Pirahã language, spoken by the Pirahã who are indigenous people of the Amazon basin.