Music in Darkness: Loop38 performs Haas
May
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Music in Darkness: Loop38 performs Haas

Described as a “masterpiece” and “monumental work” by the New York Times and The Guardian, respectively, Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas’ hour-long work for twenty-four musicians, in vain (2000), is a seminal work of our time. By heightening of the listener’s aural acuity through the absence of concert hall lighting, this composition creates an unforgettable listening experience. With most of the music performed in complete darkness as the performers play from memory, the sounds are liberated, and “the focus lies on what is trapped under listening habits”.

In trying to describe the essence of in vain, Sir Simon Rattle compares it to that of Rothko’s paintings: “...the piece, like those paintings, seems to throb and glow. And one of the things about the paintings is that the longer you look, the more dynamic they seem to be”. Indeed, just as “the natural light that illuminates the murals…accurately show the nuances and subtleties of his color palette” in Rothko Chapel, Haas’ in vain uses the absence of light to create an experience of “waves of opulently strange, beautiful sounds”. As Vivien Schweitzer of the New York Times described it, “it was often hard to believe that these otherworldly sounds were coming from acoustic, not electronic, instruments”. Music critic for New Yorker magazine, Alex Ross, describes it as a “modern masterwork [which] transforms the concert hall into a place of shuddering mystery, suggesting that the way of truth goes through the dark”.

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electrolab: Loop38 at Skyspace
Mar
21
8:15pm 8:15pm

electrolab: Loop38 at Skyspace

  • James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace (map)
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This event is FREE, but RSVP is encouraged: www.loop38.org/rsvp

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.

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Debut Concert: Loop38 Live at MATCH
Dec
6
7:30pm 7:30pm

Debut Concert: Loop38 Live at MATCH

  • Midtown Arts Theater Center Houston (map)
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Tickets: PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN
buy tickets online here or by calling the MATCH ticket office: (713)521-4533

Program duration: 1 hour + 20 minute intermission

The works for their debut concert show the diversity of music composed in recent years as well as the ensemble's flexibility in having the richness of a full orchestra and the intimacy of a chamber group. The program celebrates risk and artistic evolution, especially representative of a new ensemble comprised of young artists.

The concert begins with Musical America's 2017 Composer of the Year, Andrew Norman's "Try", a piece in which Norman embraces "the serendipitous discovery implicit in the word 'try'." Second on the program is Christopher Cerrone's "Recovering", where seven players dispersed through the gallery will surround listeners with "a haze of breath sounds", bringing them through the process of recovery and "becoming something new." Missy Mazzoli's "The Sound of Light" is a "musical depiction of growth and transformation" reflecting the jubilant vitality of young musicians with dancing grooves. Our musicians are constantly refining their craft; similarly, Danish composer and recent recipient of the Grawemeyer Award, Hans Abrahamsen, is known to rework his previous compositions, as with "Herbstlied", a 1992 composition rearranged after 17 years for english horn, string trio, and piano. We close the program with British composer Thomas Ades' "Living Toys", a work which gained him worldwide recognition at the age of 23 and was cited at the 1994 Paris Rostrum as "the best score by a composer under 30". Full of challenging extended techniques and references ranging from bullfighting to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, the piece captures the talent, imagination, and grit of a young musician determined to make a statement.

Program:

  • Andrew Norman: Try
  • Christopher Cerrone: Recovering
  • Missy Mazzoli: The Sound of Light
  • Hans Abrahamsen: Herbstlied
  • Thomas Adès: Living Toys

Join us around the corner after the concert at WOOSTER'S GARDEN (3315 Milam St) for a post-concert party.

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