Download: Stars of the Lid with the Wordless Music Orchestra

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On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Texas-founded, experimental ambient duo Stars of the Lid joined New York City's boundary-crossing Wordless Music Orchestra for a collaborative concert of intricate, drone-heavy minimalism. The concert took place at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and was recorded by Q2 Music.

This show presents Stars of the Lid – aka composers Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride – in their first US tour in five years, and is presented by (Le) Poisson Rouge and the Wordless Music series. The fifteen-piece Wordless Music Orchestra has made its reputation performing in singular, adventurous shows paired with such non-classical artists and bands as Efterklang, Alex & Jónsi and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

The performance opens with a set by electroacoustic artist Justin Walter, who constructs ambient, postminimalist improvisations with live loops and a combination of analog and digital tools, including the Electronic Valve Instrument – a wind-controled analog synthesizer.

Stream Justin Walter's opening set:

Stars of the Lid set list:

Generous Abandon
Requiem
E7
DEG FAG
Dutch Girls
December Hunting

Twin Peaks E F# B Final (encore)