The young, energetic string orchestra 1B1 is finally back at National Sawdust, after a string of jaw-dropping performances last November. The Norwegian based ensemble brings their fresh take on classical music to Brooklyn with inspired performances and hosts ten days of concerts with music as diverse as Vivaldi, Glenn Kotche, and Gershwin. For the opening show, National Sawdust composer in residence Gity Razaz is world premiering a new composition written specially for 1B1. The prodigious New York-based percussionist Damien Bassman will perform the piece with 1B1. The program also features one of Shostakovich’ key works, String quartet NR 8 (1960), which he wrote in three days after two traumatic events in his life. The version performed is a transcription for string orchestra by Øystein Sonstad) as well as a rendition of “Concerto Funebre” (1939) from the great, but often overlooked, german composer Karl Amadeus Hartmann.
On her way becoming one of the major forces in contemporary music, Iranian composer Gity Razaz’s will perform the world premiere of her newest composition written specially for Norwegian Grammy award-winning string ensemble, 1B1.
The New York-based drummer and percussionist Damian Bassman is a featured member in the internationally acclaimed Absolute Ensemble, where he performs everything from Mahler to Frank Zappa. Bassman has toured and recorded with legendary musicians and artists like Joe Zawinul, Barry Manilow, and Paquito Di Rivera. He is the percussion professor and orchestra coach at Poland’s I-Culture Orchestra and The Baltic Youth Philharmonic. He also teaches at Marymount Manhattan College and accompanies dance companies throughout NYC.