Salem, Massachusetts in 2011
Spellbinding live music by living composers.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
After 318 years, much of the national and local identity of Salem, Massachusetts still centers around its infamous Salem witch trials. Annual pilgrimages to the town by people declaring warlock, angel or healer-status have been fairly curbed until recently. In 2007, the industry's floodgates opened because of less government regulation on professional psychic licenses, leading to even more witchy competition, tourism, commerce and activity.
Inspired by this extraordinary and bizarre intersection of commerce and American history, Cued Up concocts a witch's brew of spellbinding string quartets, crystalline electronics, mischievous female vocals, and other works that sound like the musical equivalent to fortune-telling.
All recorded at live concerts that took place in New York, listen in on Sunday at 2 p.m. to hear Bora Yoon's Phonation, Mira Calix's Spring Falls Back, Aleksandra Vrebalov's Spell No. 4, for a Changing World , Pamela Z's Chalky Crystal Liquid Cave, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen's Three Stages and Missy Mazzoli's A Song For Arthur Russell.