Red Poppy Season
Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe (Red Poppy catalogue) have spent nearly three decades creating music and building a unique and dynamic movement — achieving so much individually and together, from their world-renowned Bang On A Can cultural enterprise to countless commissions and individual honors for their compositions. This fall they each look forward to incredible premieres and a portrait concert of their works with the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella series.
|Red Poppy composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe. |
Photo credit © Peter Serling
On September 8th, during Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, acclaimed violinist Monica Germino premieres Julia Wolfe’s latest work, With A Blue Dress On, for “multiple Monicas.” Based on the traditional fiddle tune, Pretty Little Girl with a Blue Dress On, Wolfe weaves vocal iterations with melodic fragments to create a unique and beautiful solo for a dynamic performer and multi-track electronics.
The Kronos Quartet has been a long-time champion of the music of Michael Gordon, having commissioned Sad Park in 2006 and Potassium in 2000. This fall they premiere two brand new pieces by Gordon: a string quartet with performances at Dartmouth on October 3rd and at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City on October 9th, and a new work for string quartet and chorus for which they will join forces with the Young People's Chorus of New York City at Le Poisson Rouge on October 8th.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic's renowned contemporary music series, Green Umbrella, highlights works by each Red Poppy on a portrait concert on October 19th, curated by John Adams with conductor Jeffrey Milarsky and singer Theo Bleckmann. The Philharmonic’s new music ensemble performs Gordon’s string sextet Weather One, Lang’s “Heroin,” from Songs for Lou Reed and Pierced for cello, piano and percussion soloists with strings, as well as Wolfe’s drumset quartet Dark Full Ride and string quartet Early That Summer.
As part of David Lang’s ongoing role as Composer-in-Association with the Sage Gateshead in England, the Northern Sinfonia Chorus premieres his new work i never, on November 27. A companion piece to Thomas Tallis' legendary motet Spem in Alium, i never is set to Lang’s own text — a comment on the original text of the motet. Later this season, the Sage will present performances of Lang's The Little Match Girl Passion and Cheating, Lying, Stealing, as part of the build-up to the 2011 premiere of his opera fidelio, or a prisoner of the state, also a commission from the Sage. Additionally, plainspoken will be performed on October 7th with the New York City Ballet (more Lang dance news is detailed here.)
Lang also continues as Composer-in-Residence at Oberlin Conservatory. On November 13th the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Tim Weiss, will present a portrait concert of David's music at the Cleveland Museum of Art, including the The Little Match Girl Passion. Also this fall is the release on DVD of (Untitled), a film by director Jonathan Parker starring Adam Goldberg as a composer of unusual music, for which Lang wrote the score. The soundtrack is available on Cantaloupe Records: http://www.cantaloupemusic.com