Season 2014 | 15
INDUSTRY (THE STORY OF POWER) | 6 and 7 March
Bart de Vrees - In my Room (thoughts about a possibility) (2010)
David Lang - Press Release, for bass clarinet (1992)
Steve Reich - Violin Phase (1967)
Sam Pluta - Machine Language (2012)
Michael Gordon - Industry, for amplified cello (1992)
conductor - Gregory Charette
bass clarinet (Lang) - Daniel Boeke
violin (Reich) - Mariana Hutchinson-Siemers
cello (Gordon) - Steuart Pincombe
The growing presence of industry and technology has left an indelible mark on music and music-making. Trends towards objectivity, mechanization, and technical perfection have dominated since the advent of recording technology and through the digital age. Musicians and composers have confronted these issues in a wide variety of ways.
In INDUSTRY (The Story of Power) Oerknal presents a cross-section of these "confrontations", including compositions by "Bang on a Can" founders Michael Gordon and David Lang, the wildly uncompromising Sam Pluta, and ecclectic Dutch composer Bart de Vrees. The concert centers around Steve Reich's "Violin Phase", pointing (perhaps) towards a more organic relationship between music and technology.
Oerknal reunites with video artist Chris Paul Daniels to create a visual and aural experience exploring the implications of creating machine-like music and the consequences it has for performers, listeners, and society.