6:30 p.m. – Know the Score | 7:30 p.m. - Concert
Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
Paul Vaillancourt & Up/Down Percussion
Garbage Concerto: A Concerto for Recycled Trash and Orchestra by Järvlepp
Symphony No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 27 by Rachmaninoff
Never have recycled cans, hubcaps, and bottles of all shapes and sizes sounded so amazing. Jarvlepp’s concerto is a masterpiece of whimsical repurposing and ingenuity. Pair it with Rachmaninoff’s lush, lyrical, post-Romantic symphony and you have a concert experience you will never forget.
"An Absolute Insufficiency of Electricity" takes its name from a particularly evocative chapter title in Haruki Murakami’s novel “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle.” In this chapter (no spoilers, I promise), the reader observes a married man an engaged woman share a single night together in a hotel room, never more than embracing, but forced in their embrace to confront the “absolute insufficiency of electricity” they both so distinctly feel in their lives. The material for the piece came from a series of improvisations performed this past February. While it doesn’t respond to the chapter’s events with any specificity, I feel their roots lay in the same ideas: how personal needs can sometimes be best understood through others, and how the spiritual cohesion of humanity can somehow only be expressed in our struggle to grasp such a cohesion.
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Video by Joel Castro (http://joelcastropercussion.com/audiovideo/)
Audio by Jordan Walsh (http://jordanwalshmusic.com/services)
TIMBER is an exploration of the beautiful, mesmerizing blend of hidden sound in simple wooden planks, uncovered through 21st-century amplificaiton. An ambient meditation on polyrhythms... trance-like...harmonically ambiguous... sublty virtuosic.
Timber has been hailed as "its own religious experience" (Sarah Garvey, Brooklyn Academy of Music), "bewildering yet comforting" (The Guardian), and possessing "vigor and hypnotic intensity" (New York Times).
The sixth stop on our fall Timber tour is The Music Mansion in Providence, RI.
Thanks go to the Cambridge Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and MASS MoCA's Assets for Artists for their generous support of Rest/Noise and this project