Music by Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe Directed by Michael Counts Scenic and Projection Design by Deborah Johnson aka CandyStations Lighting Design by Ben Stanton
performed by Bang on a Can All-Stars Ashley Bathgate - cello Robert Black - bass Vicky Chow - piano and keyboard David Cossin - percussion Mark Stewart - guitar Ken Thomson - clarinet and bass clarinet Andrew Cotton - sound engineer
Ashley Tata - associate director John Erickson - video programmer Matt McAdon - technical director, scenic
Road Trip was commissioned by BAM for the 2017 Next Wave Festival and by Stephen A. Block, Robert Braun & Joan Friedman, Leslie Lassiter, Raulee Marcus, New Music USA, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane and Richard Stewart, with additional support from Jerry Eberhardt and Phil Hettema.
Shara Worden - vocals // Bryce Dessner - guitar // Nico Muhly - piano // Owen Pallett - violin
Sound recording and engineering - Adam Armstrong // Sound editing, mixing and mastering - Nick Lloyd
Recording produced by Bryce Dessner
Cinematographer - Meg Kettell // VFX Supervisors - Jake Braver, David Isyomin // Hair and Makeup - Kaarin Lanyi // Key Grip - John Hay // Editor - Mary Angelica Molina // Color - Nat Jencks // Producer - Drew Houpt // Director - David Lang
death speaks – words and music by david lang
1. you will return
you will return to dust you will turn return to dust
turn to the sun like me, turn to the sun turn to the light turn to the light
if thereʼs an eye still open grieving sweet sleep close it for me
turn your heart, your poor heart it will only find rest when it has stopped beating
turn to peace turn to peace this is the only road that leads you home
I am your pale companion I mirror your pain I was your shadow all those long nights, all those days long past
listen to me this message is for you where I am now, all sorrow is gone where I am now, all lovers are together where I am now in my arms only will you find rest gentle rest
2. I hear you
I hear you I hear you call I pity you I am your friend I am not cruel give me your hand you will sleep so softly in my arms
when love breaks free from sorrow a new star shines a new star shines
three roses, half red, half white they will never wither
the angels they shed their wings and fall
rest well rest well close your eyes you will rest with me until the river drains into the sea
Iʼll make a bed for you the softest pillow come, rest everyone will sing for you for you
I will protect you from the hunter, from the forest from the flowers, from your dreams from the wicked girl, from her shadow I will keep your eyes covered I will protect you
good night, good night
3. mist is rising
mist is rising moon is full and rising sky above us it is so full
I greet you, sister soul rise up, like an eagle rise up, to where the light is rise up, to where the light is from
I am your rest, I am your peace I am what you long for, and what makes the longing go away I am full of joy for you, and I am full of grief come in and close the door behind you I will drive your sadnesses away my eyes fill with your light fill them fill them
sweetest child come with me I will play with you I will show you the flowers and the shore my motherʼs golden robe my daughters and their evening dance they know a song to sing while you are sleeping I love you I love all of you I love your face I love your form please donʼt make me make you follow me
come and see
tears of love become strands of pearls when the angel comes
4. pain changes
pain changes every shape
once you are truly lonely you will never be alone
feel my hand I feel you touch my cold hand I will take you from her to your new cold land
I have chosen you my only love those others they search for you but where they search they will never find you
after the leaves fall, spring returns after love is parted, it returns all you have to do is come with me and wait one day she will be lowered in the earth beside you my hand will guide her home to the place where love is and no pain
when that door opens you will be healed
dearest man, dearest woman dearest boy, dearest girl dearest mother, dearest father dearest son, dearest daughter you will never leave me
you listen you are silent you feel me leaning towards you
nothing escapes me not the warrior not the hunter
everything awaits the way it changes when life falls away that is the meaning of the swan and its song
the night canʼt last forever nor will this sleep beyond this sleep is light forever light until that light can shine until you see it shining sleep sweetly here in the cool, dark night
5. I am walking
I am walking in the sunlight I see the moon, at my feet I see the sun, at my feet I walk in joy I am kissed by angels
your heart child of man your heart canʼt know what joy I feel
sister soul, come to rest
pure notes of love echo around you a lily, a rose they wait for you while you sleep
only you can hear me only you can see me only you can hear the music it never stops
David Lang: Increase (2002), played by the orkest de ereprijs, directed by Clark Rundell.
Orkest de Ereprijs is the leading ensemble for new music in the eastern Netherlands. The group has made a name for itself both at home and abroad. It initiates new projects, often in cooperation with other disciplines, on both a local and international level. Additionally, the orchestra offers a podium for young talent in the annual Young Composers Meeting and in its continuing alliance with the conservatories of The Hague, Rotterdam and Arnhem/Enschede/Zwolle (ArtEZ).
May 2, 2016 by TOM HUIZENGA • The Chicago new-music ensemble eighth blackbird is on a roll. Just after winning its fourth Grammy in February, the group received a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions; the prize came with a $400,000 grant. Hand Eye — eighth blackbird's second album in seven months — just came out, and this season the group marks its 20th anniversary. The celebration includes an extensive tour, with world premieres of music by Bryce Dessner and David T. Little, as well as a gig as a "living installation" at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, where eighth blackbird has commandeered the third-floor galleries as a space to rehearse and perform.
It's an understatement to note that there's far less space behind Bob Boilen's desk. But after a few discussions about placement, the sextet squeezed in while making sure everyone could see each other — one of the keys to navigating rhythmically challenging pieces by David Lang, Bryce Dessner and Robert Honstein.
Right out of the gate, we meet the group's newest member, flutist Nathalie Joachim, who opens the first of two short pieces, "Wave The Sea," with a scurrying theme of nervous energy. The music is by Bryce Dessner, perhaps best known for his work in The National but increasingly in demand as a classical composer. It's Dessner's take on the folk tradition of grisly story-songs collected in his larger suite, Murder Ballades.
"Pulse," from Robert Honstein's three-movement Conduit, seems to hover in midair. Throbbing notes from Matthew Duvall's vibraphone, Yvonne Lam's violin, Lisa Kaplan's piano and Michael J. Maccaferri's clarinet fold in one by one, as if in a round. Joachim's flute floats above while Nicholas Photinos' cello secures the bottom end, fleshing out a mesmerizing wash of sound.
David Lang's "learn to fly," also from a larger work, pumps up the energy with a motorik beat, fueled by Kaplan's syncopation. The interlocking parts race on until Lam finally breaks out of the pattern, soaring in a sweepingly romantic solo.
For those who persist in predicting the death of classical music, eighth blackbird once again demonstrates that it remains vibrantly alive.
Best known for once bringing modern American music to all fifty states out of his Hyundai, 2012 American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Award Nominee Adam Tendler returns to the Rothko Chapel to present "Night Thoughts," a recital of meditative modern American music composed in the spirit of homage and dedication, including works by John Cage, whose centenary is 2012. The program also includes works by Charles Ives, David Lang, Samuel Barber, John Adams, and Aaron Copland. Tendler will perform as a premiere suite Ned Rorem’s complete published piano music composed for James Holmes, Rorem’s late partner. Tendler will also present works of his own, including the Houston premiere of his experimental homage to Tim McGraw, “only every other memory.”