Watch the release party for Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Black Mountain Songs, featuring Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and composer Aleksandra Vrebalov. The evening was hosted by Q2 Music's Helga Davis.
At North Carolina's Black Mountain College, former commune and artistic playground of John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Robert Rauschenberg and many others, a spirit of radical democracy prevailed. Students and teachers shared roles and work, boundaries between disciplines dissolved, and art bled into life, nurturing an atmosphere of unfettered creative collaboration.
In Black Mountain Songs — commissioned and produced by Brooklyn Youth Chorus and Brooklyn Academy of Music, curated by the National's Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and performed by the Chorus — that collective thread is renewed. Composers featured on the album include Dessner, Parry, Pulitzer Prize-winner Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King and Tim Hecker.
Black Mountain Songs comes out March 31 on New Amsterdam Records. Watch the complete show via the video below.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves as WQXR’s 2016-2017 Artist-in-Residence. Throughout the season, the Chorus appears in The Greene Space at WQXR, performs at venues around New York City in concerts webcast live on Q2 Music, and will be featured in associated on-air and online programming at wqxr.org.