I’m writing to share some highlights of the fall 2014 season performances of my work. It’s been a busy year that will culminate in some of my favorite ensembles performing my music and a premiere of an exciting new project.
First, on September 25th, Gowanus Arts will present an evening with So Percussion performing selections that I’ve curated, including my recent commission for them, Music for Wood and Strings. The performance is at the beautiful new Green Building in Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available here.
The following day, September 26th, I will travel to Los Angeles to join my friends Richard Reed Parry and yMusic to perform selections from Richard’s newly released album which I produced with him, “Music for Heart and Breath,” at the Hollywood Bowl.
On October 15th, I’ll join the amazing orchestral collective The Knights as they perform an evening of my work at the Winter Garden in Brookfield Place, New York. I’ll be performing with them on guitar on Raphael, and they will also perform Lachrimae for string orchestra, and my string quartet Tenebre. The performance is part of New Sounds Live, a wonderful series of free concerts curated by WNYC’s John Schaefer. More info about this performance is available here.
From October 16th to the 18th L.A. Dance Project will make its New York debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The company will present three pieces, one of which I scored for choreographer Justin Peck. The piece is entitled Murder Ballades and will be performed live by the incredible eighth blackbird. Tickets are still available here.
The last event that I’d like to mention is Black Mountain Songs, which is debuting at the Brooklyn Academy of Music from November 20th through 23rd. In Black Mountain Songs, a program that I originated and co-curated with Richard Reed Parry, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus will perform new works from seven composers – myself, Richard, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Aleksandra Vrebalov, John King, Jherek Bischoff and Tim Hecker. Black Mountain College has been an inspiration to me for years and I’m excited to see this expansive musical and visual work (with a film by Matt Wolf) that celebrates the collective and creative spirit of the College finally come to the stage. You can purchase tickets here.
While all of the above performances are happening in New York, amazing musicians will be playing my compositions in many other cities this fall. In the coming months my pieces will also be performed in Krakow, Thessaloniki, Hamburg, Boston, Melbourne and Eindhoven among others. For full details on these performances and for a comprehensive list of all upcoming performances visit http://www.brycedessner.com/
I hope that you’ll be able to attend a show or two.