Letters to Distant Cities is out this month on New Amsterdam. It’s acollaboration between Shara Worden (best known as My Brightest Diamond), Clare and the Reasons, and Rob Moose (of Antony & the Johnsons, Sufjan Stevens).
A release party is scheduled for Monday March 21 at the PowerHouse Arena in Brooklyn’s DUMBO. It’ll feature music from the album + some extra live tunes from Shara and Clare (details below).
Letters to Distant Cities
Shara Worden and My Brightest Diamond
Clare and the Reasons
Rob Moose (Sufjan Stevens, Antony & the Johnsons)
Poetry by Mustafa Ziyalan
Curated & produced by photo/videographer Murat Eyuboglu
MULTIMEDIA BOX SET WITH AUDIO, HIGH-QUALITY POSTCARDS
Monday, March 21, 7–9 PM
$10 at the door
The powerHouse Arena · 37 Main Street (corner of Water & Main St) · DUMBO, Brooklyn
For more information, please call 718.666.3049
Following up on Alex Ross’ post about the New York Philharmonic’s 2011-’12 season, which mentioned the lack of representation of American composers on the Contact! series and women composers throughout the schedule, we asked Sequenza 21 readers to share their lists of American women composers that the Philharmonic should consider programming.
Here’s my own take. I’ve compiled three chamber orchestra programs for the Contact! concerts and one for the regular subscription series: all consisting entirely of living women composers. One features American music and the other programs have a more diverse array of nationalities. I hasten to add that this just scratched the surface: one could do many, many more of these!
Jennifer Higdon – Soliloquy
Sarah Kirkland Snider – newly commissioned work
Hannah Lash – A Matter of Truth
Amy Williams – Sala Luminosa
Angélica Negrón – Fulano
Errolyn Wallen – Concerto Grosso
Du Yun – Impeccable Quake
Helen Grime – Clarinet Concerto
Alexandra Gardner – Tamarack
Unsuk Chin – Akrostichon-wortspiel
Tansy Davies – Residuum (After Dowland)
Vivian Fung – newly commissioned work
Subscription Series Program
Augusta Read Thomas – Ceremonial
Lera Auerbach – Concerto No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
Kaija Saariaho – Orion
Yesterday, Alex Ross wrote a short essay on The Rest is Noise about next season’s offerings at the New York Philharmonic. After discussing several highlights, including Stockhausen’s Gruppen at the Park Avenue Armory, the NYPO’s first presentation of a piece by Philip Glass (!), and a new work by John Corigliano, he pointed out some curious omissions.
Ross wrote,”The Contact! series will elicit new works from Alexandre Lunsqui, Yann Robin, and Michael Jarrell. The series has no American music this year, nor is there any music by women in the entire season.”
Like Ross, I’m very excited by some of the other programs the NY Phil has in store for audiences, but I can’t help but wish that both Contact! and the season in general were more diverse.
Let’s help them out: a list of American women composers that should appear on Contact! and subscription concerts at the NY Phil.
Congratulations to Laurie Anderson on her Grammy nomination for the song “Flow” (Best Pop Instrumental Performance). It’s the last track on Homeland, her latest Nonesuch release.
The label’s been kind enough to offer “Flow” for stream or download via Soundcloud.