Look & Listen Festival: Closing Night
Americans Discover Treasure, The Band Reimagined by the Ensemble, and Guitars from Brasil.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Cued Up brings you the final installment of the 10th annual Look & Listen Festival this Sunday, at 2 pm. One of the most varied programs from this year's L&L, you'll hear a world premiere by composer and percussionist David Cossin, Missy Mazzoli's darkly angelic bandsemble Victoire, So Percussion performing music by its longtime member Jason Treuting, and some refreshing works by Brasil Guitar Duo.
The most fascinating moment of the closing night, hosted by Lara Pellegrinelli, might be its brilliant shifts of musical worlds. David Cossin's untitled world premiere, which seamlessly reconciles notions of mundanity-turned-fantastic (think Antique Roadshow samples), primitive sounding music, electronics and percussive ear-candy is followed up by Douglas Lora & João Luiz, of the Brasil Guitar Duo, who vivaciously assert works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Claude Debussy and Egberto Gismonti. A total win for brave programming!
If you're just learning about David Gordon's L&L Festival here on Cued Up, please take a listen to the first three installments. We've been streaming the performances, which took place last May, each week of August. The robust breadth of music commissioned by and performed at the festival will undoubtedly be a challenge for next year's lineup.
This mind bending video of David Cossin performing Steve Reich's Piano Phase on sampler pads was not taken from the festival, but it might give you a glimpse of what you were missing.