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Opera Premiere "As A Song Of A World"

Oct 24 | Sat |

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On Saturday October 24 at 2pm EST Either/Or ensemble, known for their adventurous programming (CMA/ASCAP), will join forces with Jessie Cox to present his new and innovative opera that crosses genre boundaries of New Classical Music, Free Jazz, Electronics and more; and could be related to the works of Sun Ra, Lachenmann, or the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Jessie Cox is composer and drummer whose music has been described as “…some of the most experimental music of not just the day but the season… held a listener’s attention with surprises and delights aplenty,“ (LA Times) and is currently pursuing his doctorate at Columbia University. Growing up in Switzerland, and also having roots in Trinidad and Tobago, he is currently residing in NYC. He has written over 100 works for various prominent musical ensembles and performers including electroacoustic works, solo works, chamber- and orchestral works, works for jazz ensembles and choirs. This opera involves not only novel musical confluences and a fresh approach to the tradition of operatic works; but also involves newly developed technologies (the Cyborg-Clarinet) and other extensions of the musical instrument to its environment. The plot is centered around a species of nomads that developed, and re-develops, a technology which allows them to travel at and beyond the speed of light and so allows for migration through music. This very technology is a secret, hidden from the species, and has to be discovered by them so as to allow for a new migratory phase. In this sense it is a story about looking for a myth, a technology, a way of interacting with the world that allows for a different story than death and life—in other words, how do we relate to living? Jessie mentions about the piece: "This piece is about the question of how we relate? Relate to self, other, and environment. I hope that this piece will inspire new possible ways forward.”

Venue: Online