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Look & Listen Festival 2011: Opening Night

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Recorded this past May at the Chelsea Art Museum, the 10th annual Look & Listen Festival hit the ground running with a comprehensive opening night program of contemporary art music by Michael Gordon, Phillip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Sofia Gubaidulina, Jason Treuting and Jan Radzynski. New-music Jedis JACK Quartet, Doug Perkins and Tanya Bannister took the stage along with composer-interviews by Nadia Sirota.

Founded by composer David Gordon, the festival has been making its mission to present concerts in an environment of contemporary visual art. For this year, Look & Listen returned to the Chelsea Art Museum, giving audiences a chance to let its Jean Miotte artwork converse with the music (and vice versa). Recorded on May 19, 2011, this is the first of four concerts from the recent 2011 edition. The rest will stream throughout the month of August, every Sunday right here on Cued Up.

Expanding and contracting string quartets; martial, psychedelic solo percussion; and ultra expressive solo-piano virtuosity promise to confound and delight this Sunday at 2 p.m. Plus, enjoy cloak-lifting talks with Gordon and Wolfe about their music-making.