Found Sound Nation at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
212-875-5000 www.lcoutofdoors.org Ages: All Ages
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Stop by and lay down a track with Found Sound Nation, the education and outreach wing of preeminent New Music experimenters Bang on a Can. Encouraging trained musicians, enthusiastic participants, and unsuspecting passersby to create on the fly, this mobile production team turns spontaneous sonic expressions into catchy tracks for later download. Listen closely later in the summer, and you may even catch these crowd-crafted pieces during Out of Doors intermissions.
With women warriors, thwarted lovers, mistaken identities, and wry banter, this engaging rendition of the classic Chinese opera The Romance of the Iron Bow bursts with cheeky humor, riveting movement, and stunning costumes. The company's five actors and ten musicians reveal the full pleasures of Chinese opera, with its fascinating vocal style and sprightly percussion.
The barrel organ or laterna, a cranked, portable answer to the player piano, once tinkled and buzzed on many Greek streetcorners. Now the laterna is landing for the first time in the US, brought by Greek-American singer and songwriter Magda Giannikou. Popular Greek songs and vintage dance ditties will roll out of this traditionally open-air instrument, giving listeners a chance to hear this music the way it was heard for more than a century.
Kronos Quartet brings its globally-informed repertoire to the fore in this evening of contemporary explorations of age-old sounds and instruments. The night's pieces will include the world premiere of the quartet's collaboration with Madga Giannikou (on laterna), "Strope in Antistrophe," which reimagines the ancient call-and-response of Greek choruses to portray the counterpoint and blending of two radically different sonic propositions. Kronos will also join forces with Vietnamese multi-instrumentalist Van-Anh Vo, for the East Coast premiere of their collaborative work. Vo's mastery of her homeland's striking zithers, dulcimers, and percussion allows her to bring out remarkably contemporary elements, the perfect foil for Kronos' rich, versatile sound.
The Gloaming unites beloved icons of traditional Irish music (Dennis Cahill, Martin Hayes, pure-voiced Gaelic singer Iarla O'Lionaird) and young innovative voices (fiddler/Hardanger fiddler Caoimhin O Raghallaigh; pianist Thomas "Doveman" Barlett, whose other collaborations include David Byrne, The National, and Antony & the Johnsons). Keeping the melodic grounding, stately flourishes, and pulse of Irish music, this Irish roots supergroup finds unexpected twists and turns in this beloved tradition.
Venue Description: The world's leading performing arts center and home to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.