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electrolab: Loop38 at Skyspace

  • James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (map)

This event is FREE, but RSVP is encouraged:

Loop38 continues its inaugural season with a program with works by three women composers: Kaija Saariaho, Ashley Fure, and Hannah Lash. Experience the famed Skyspace's light sequences while listening to this burgeoning ensemble merge electronic and acoustic sound worlds.

In the midst of the changing LED lights of the Skyspace, audiences can imagine Saariaho's own experience of seeing the Northern lights while starting to compose "Lichtbogen" 30 years ago. The piece for nine musicians and live electronics challenges both performers and listeners alike to discern artificial harmonic and multi-phonic sounds with real-time processed electronic sounds.

Watch as Loop38 musicians execute varying techniques such as "erratic pitch fluctuations with teeth on reed", "whip accents", and "microtonal waves" in Fure's "Feed Forward". Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music-making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. 

Hailed by the New York Times as “striking and resourceful…handsomely brooding,” Lash's music tends to stem from visual experiences, and "Moth Sketches" is no different. “I was visualizing illustrations by Arthur Rackham or Edward Gorey – very dark line drawings,” she said. “I was playing with the idea of 'Moth Sketches,' as I was imagining zooming in on the color of the moth's wings.” 

Described as "a source of contemplation, interaction and wonder", Twilight Epiphany serves as a perfect laboratory for this exploration of these newly composed works.

After their debut concert in December, the collective of 17 musicians that make up Loop38 have been described as "taking risks, shifting the foundations of what we know and challenging us to consider new musical realities." Come see for yourself what this new group has to offer the city of Houston.

Earlier Event: January 19
SYZYGY: George Lewis