Hotel Elefant and Meehans/Perkins Duo Open the 2014 Look & Listen Festival

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On Tuesday, June 3 at 8 pm ET on New York Now, Q2 Music presents the opening night of the 13th annual Look & Listen Festival. Recorded live on April 26 at Brooklyn's BRIC House performing arts venue, the evening features a diverse program of American music by composers Richard Carrick, Paul Lansky and John Glover, and an arrangement by Joseph Brent of music by the experimental outfit Animal Collective.

Brent opened the program with a performance of his arrangement of Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective, played on an 8-string concert mandolin. It alternated between soft and boisterous elaboration on the simple tune at the heart of the chaotic, multi-layered original. Paul Lansky's Travel Diary followed, performed by the Meehan/Perkins percussion duo who commissioned and premiered the peaceful, rhythmic work in 2008. 

The second half of the concert featured members of Hotel Elefant. In Life Cycles: Salt Mound, an excerpt of a larger piece by John Glover, flutist Domenica Fossati and violist Gillian Gallagher moved throughout the gallery in choreographed formations, joined by live electronics and projections. Richard Carrick's “à cause du soleil” Flow Trio, inspired by Albert Camus's novel L'Etranger, united a violin, viola and cello into one unified meta-instrument, with Andie Tanning Springer, Gillian Gallagher and Caroline Bean, respectively, performing. 

The night ended with mandolinist Joseph Brent's own NaNo, written in a Minneapolis hotel room.

Complete Program:

Animal Collective (arr. Joseph Brent) – Summertime Clothes

Paul Lansky – Travel Diary

John Glover – Life Cycles: Salt Mound

Richard Carrick – "à cause du soleil" Flow Trio

Joseph Brent – NaNo

Audio recording by Bill Siegmund of Digital Island Studios, NYC