A stoned prince, a furious audience member, and a klutz page turner will all take the spotlight in Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival's second program of the season. New music ensemble Loadbang performs Hannah Lash's Eight Songs for a Stoned Prince which examines the ginger rascal royal, Prince Harry and unfolds via its hero's drunken phone calls. Doug Gibson's Fanfare for the Common Audience uses the entire text of a letter from an irate concertgoer to the New York Philharmonic imploring them to stop programming music that made "no sense." Victoria Bond's The Page Turner is performed by new music maven Kathleen Supove, who takes the role of a page turner who just can't seem to get it right. Also on the program is Love Lost Lust Lone by Andy Akiho, Gutteral I and II by Alexandre Lunsqui, and Land of Silence by Reiko Futing.
Victoria Bond - The Page Turner performed by Kathleen Supove
Alexandre Lunsqui - Guttural I and II
Doug Gibson - Fanfare for the Common Audience (US Premiere)
Reiko Futing - Land of Silence
Andy Akiho - Love Lost Lust Lone
Hannah Lash - Eight Songs for a Stoned Prince (US Premiere)
Loadbang's unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a broad stylistic palette ranging from wordless microtonal meditations to broad political satire. Its members include bass clarinetist Alejandro T. Acierto, baritone Jeffrey Gavett, trumpeter Andy Kozar, and trombonist William Lang.
Kathleen Supové is one of America's most acclaimed and versatile contemporary music pianists, known for continually redefining what it means to be a pianist/keyboardist/performance artist in today's world. In addition to her compelling virtuosity, she is also known for breaking down the wall between performer and audience.
About Cutting Edge Concerts:
Composer Victoria Bond launched Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival to bring together composers, performers and New York audiences in an intimate and inviting setting. Since its first season in 1998, it has blossomed into a multi-concert festival, attracting audiences from the tri-state area and performers from around the country. Since its inception, over 30 world premieres and dozens of New York premieres have been performed at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival.
A significant feature of the festival is that all composers will be in attendance and speak briefly about their music on stage with CEC artistic director Victoria Bond. According to Bond, "having the composers at the concert presents a unique opportunity to share their inspiration and creative process as a prelude to the performance of their music."