wild Up | of Ascension
Christopher Rountree, Director & Conductor
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Thursday’s concert with wild Up has been canceled. Ticket holders are welcome to contact the ticket office for an exchange to Saturday’s performance or a refund if they are unable to attend. Saturday’s performance will continue as scheduled.
Los Angeles music ensemble wild Up and conductor Christopher Rountree premiere a cutting-edge program of contemporary music by a collection of avant-garde composers, including 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist Ted Hearne. This premiere is co-commissioned by The Soraya.
Ted Hearne: One Like
Brian Ferneyhough: Time Motion Study 1
Julius Eastman: If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Rich?
George Lewis: Oraculum
Björk: Desired Constellation
Ted Hearne: Illuminating the Maze
Weston Olencki: bent
Jen Hill: Piece for Internet
Oliver Messiaen: Interstellar Call from Des Canyons aux etoiles
Renowned journalist Craig Byrd interviews Chris Rountree about an ambitious project reimagining one of the most influential albums of the 20th century
For ages, humans have been inspired by the act of rising, by being lifted off the ground and into flight. With an ensemble of wind instruments and a rhythm section: we follow the lines of celestial pop music, ecstatic Sufi spinning, wild free jazz, gripped complexity, and antiphonal polyphony. For wild Up, of Ascension is an architecture filled with vibrant noise — one that connects disparate stylistic artforms inside a self-similar sound.