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CONCERT | THE EMANCIPATION OF RE:SONANCE
SARAH WEAVER | MAHLER’S SONG OF THE EARTH
TUESDAY, JAN 24 2012, 07:30 PM
This concert is part of a new series presented by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the Manhattan New Music Project: “The Emancipation of Re:Sonance – Five Austrian Masters Revisited”, which focuses on five of Austria’s most famous composers and the re-interpretation, re-imagination, and re-arrangement of some of their greatest works. The title of the series plays on Arnold Schönberg’s concept of the “Emancipation of Dissonance”.
Other events in the series include performances by Fieldwork, Peter Evans and the Wet Ink Ensemble, and Franz Hackl.
New York-based composer and conductor Sarah Weaver will be presenting a double quartet multimedia piece influenced by Gustav Mahler’s seminal composition Song of the Earth (1909). Weaver will perform with a quartet of musicians from the Manhattan New Music Project in this concert dedicated to polyphony, heterophony, plurality, nodality, improvisation, and cultural diversity. She will stream environmental sound and video from geographically diverse places via the internet.
Min Xiao-Fen, voice/pipa
Yoon Sun Choi, voice
Franz Hackl, trumpet, Guest, Manhattan New Music Project
Bruce Williamson, woodwinds, Guest, Manhattan New Music Project
Dave Taylor, bass trombone, Ensemble Member and Manhattan New Music Project
Mark Helias, bassGerry Hemingway, percussion
Doug Van Nort, laptop
Sarah Weaver, composer/conductor
Sarah Weaver traces her specialization in telematic music – live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations – back to a period in instrumentation when pieces were written for multiple localized orchestras by composers such as Ives, Stockhausen, and Braxton. While Mahler worked with Chinese poetry by Li Bai for the Song of the Earth, today artists from different countries can perform together live on the internet for artistic and social purposes, and live interaction is taking place on an increasingly global scale. Concerts take place over high-bandwidth internet with specialized telematic audio and video technology to achieve real-time and “real-space” performance. As a composer and conductor in telematic music she explores the inherent artistic properties of the medium within her contemporary music works.
For more information on the artist please visit www.sarahweaver.org