w/ The Wordless Music Orchestra
About This Event
Minimum Age:All Ages
Doors Open:7:00 PM
Show Time:8:00 PM
**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN MOVED TO the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help:
526 59th Street (at 5th Avenue)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn 11220
(one block from the N/R subway at 59th st)
Please contact email@example.com with any questions. Please do NOT call/write/disturb the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
This is a general admission, fully seated event.
Originally formed in Austin, Texas on Christmas day 1992, Adam Wiltzie and Brian McBride, Stars of the Lid (one of the most apropos names in all of music) have scratched out quite a niche for themselves in the amorphous world of atmospheric classical music. Stars of the Lid have excelled at designing subtle, minimalist epics which sound like they’re being played on a single multifaceted organic instrument. They offer subtle, endlessly evolving stories about the dynamics of sonic texture, at the same time seeming to offer a picture of pure, unfettered consciousness. Their music are beatless soundscapes composed of droning, effects-treated guitars along with piano, strings, and horns; volume swells and feedback fill the gap of rhythmic instruments, providing dynamic movement within the songs. A wise man once described SOTL as “divine classical drones without the tedious intrusion of drums, or vocals.”
The Wordless Music Orchestra is the house band of New York City’s Wordless Music series, which was founded by non-musician Ronen Givony in 2006 and has since presented dozens of concerts in museums, churches, nightclubs, and out of doors, pairing artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical, electronic, and rock music. Comprising some of New York’s most omnivorous young musicians and members of groups such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal, and the JACK Quartet, the orchestra presented its first concerts over two sold-out nights in January 2008 under conductor Brad Lubman with the U.S. premiere of composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s Popcorn Superhet Receiver, on a program with music of Gavin Bryars and John Adams.
In 2009, four months after its world premiere by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Arvo Pärt’s Symphony No. 4 (“Los Angeles”) had its New York/East Coast premiere by the Wordless Music Orchestra under conductor Jeffrey Milarsky in two sold-out concerts at which the orchestra also performed alongside the Japanese instrumental noise-rock band MONO. These performances with MONO were recorded and released by Brooklyn’s Temporary Residence label as Holy Ground: NYC Live with the Wordless Music Orchestra, a limited-edition CD/DVD/LP set. Also in 2009, the orchestra recorded with former Battles multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton for Central Market, the composer’s solo debut on Warp Records, and went on tour the following year with Braxton to Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. In 2010, the Wordless Music Orchestra performed alongside The Hilliard Ensemble and Latvian National Choir as part of Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival, in world premiere compositions for orchestra and voices by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós with his partner, Alex Somers, again under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky, and the following year at the Guggenheim Museum rotunda in a unique collaboration with visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster for Gavin Bryars’ The Sinking of the Titanic.
On September 11, 2011, the Wordless Music Orchestra performed a memorial concert for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under conductor Ryan McAdams, with the world premiere orchestration of William Basinski’s Disintegration Loop 1.1 alongside music by Alfred Schnittke, Osvaldo Golijov, and Ingram Marshall. In the 2012-13 season, the orchestra will return to the Metropolitan Museum for the U.S. debut performance of music from the Danish indie-pop band Efterklang’s new album, Piramida, with orchestrations by Missy Mazzoli, and will also perform in the 2012-13 BAM Next Wave Festival with musical icon John Cale of the Velvet Underground, for songs from Cale’s classic album Paris 1919.