Andrew Norman's Video Game-Inspired 'Gran Turismo' with Ensemble LPR
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
For this episode of LPR Live, we join the ambitious chamber group Ensemble LPR for a performance by American composer, Rome Prize winner and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow Andrew Norman. His Gran Turismo for eight virtuoso violinists draws its inspiration from the high octane racing-car video game of the same name.
The performance is taken from an evening-length concert called "Sound and Fury" that placed Norman's Gran Turismo amidst music of seething (and sometimes explosive) intensity by Arvo Pärt, Dmitri Shostakovich and Michael Gordon – a longtime luminary of New York’s Downtown new-music scene.
Before diving into Norman's music, we step into the green room of Le Poisson Rouge to meet some of Ensemble LPR's featured performers and guest conductor – Los Angeles-based Christopher Rountree – and to discuss the evening’s eclectic program and the mechanics of chamber music in the 21st Century.