Michael Gordon

8: new music for eight cellos recorded by Cello Octet Amsterdam

Michael Gordon’s 8 (for eight cellos) available now in digital audio or CD (score and parts available through Ricordi NY/Universal Music Group) is part of a series of works for multiples of a single instrument that began with Timber for six pieces of wood, and includes Rushes for seven bassoons and Amplified for four electric guitars. Each of these works is meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer…

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David Lang

LA Opera online premiere: ‘let me come in’

LA Opera releases the latest in their online series “On Now”: David Lang’s let me come in features soprano Angel Blue, with conductor Bryan Wagorn, violist David Creswell, cellist Anja Wood, and percussionist Miles Salerni.

Co-commissioned by LA Opera and the Fisher Center at Bard College, this online premiere of let me come in is accompanied by a new film by filmmaker Bill Morrison  …

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Julia Wolfe

Steel Hammer film premiere at Cal Performances at Home (streaming)

Thursday May 6 at 7pm PDT/10pm EDT, Cal Performances at Home premieres Steel Hammer, a new film featuring the acclaimed oratorio by Julia Wolfe. Film will be available on demand through August 4.

Described by The Boston Globe as “[an] epic explosion and reconstruction of the folk ballad,” Julia Wolfe’s Steel Hammer is a meditation on over 200 versions of the John Henry legend, with voices and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, along with mountain dulcimer, wooden bones, banjo, harmonicas, clogging, and body percussion…

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