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Roulette [GENERATE] Presents: TAK ensemble
May 25, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $20
TAK ensemble performs a program of new music at Roulette Intermedium—
Lewis Nielson – Super Flumina-babylonis*
Anne Cleare – Unable to Create an Offscreen World (C)
Mario Diaz de Leon – O Ignis Spiritus*
*Denotes world premiere
Roulette [Generate] presents TAK ensemble perfomring world premieres by composers Mario Diaz de Leon and Lewis Nielson alongside music of Irish composer, Ann Cleare.
The latent yearning in Diaz de Leon’s setting of Austrian poet, Georg Trakl, will find its expression in settings of the Latin text “O Ignis Spiritus” by Saint Hildegard of Bingen, her tribute to the Pentacostal flame from which she claimed inspiration. This blending of the modern and the medieval, the foreboding and redemptive features, brooding sub bass frequencies, layered repetitive figures, gestural writing, medieval plainchant, and various combinations with elec-tronics, ranging from the intensely physical to the ethereal.
Lewis Nielson’s Super flumina Babylonis was conceived as part of a cycle of works concerning the contentious but righteous John Brown. The texts and the strained manner of their presentation contain musings, inarticulate assertions, and meditative monologues using fragments of a variety of contemporary folk material and the 18th century hymn “Blow Ye the trumpets, Blow.”
Ann Cleare’s unable to create an offscreen world (a), (b) and (c) are a series of pieces, which explore ideas of wrongness, incompatibility, and inability with ferocious streams of energy, confidence and hope.
TAK ensemble is:
Charlotte Mundy, soprano; Laura Cocks, flute; Liam Kinson, clarinet; Marina Kifferstein, violin; Ellery Trafford, percus- sion; David Bird, live electronics; with Meaghan Burke, Guest Cellist