Jacob Cooper: Pasturing I
Nicole Lizée: Family Sing-A-Long And Game Night (featuring The Living Earth Show Singers)
Christopher Cerrone: Double Happiness
Ken Ueno: Pork Roll, Egg, & Cheese on a Kaiser Bun
Luciano Chessa: Inkless Imagination VIII: For Geoffrey Hartman (The Boy of Winander)
Brian Ferneyhough: Renvoi/Shards
On October 21, 2016, The Living Earth Show is honored to celebrate the release of Dance Music, the ensemble’s sophomore record, available exclusively through New Amsterdam Records.
The San Francisco-based ensemble exists as a megaphone and canvas for some of the world’s most progressive artists. Presenting its programs of premieres and commissioned repertoire exclusively from memory, The Living Earth Show strives to allow its composers to realize their most ambitious artistic visions.
The first half of the program will feature a selection of works inspired by and intended for movement, written for the ensemble by Jacob Cooper, Nicole Lizée, and Christopher Cerrone. Featuring video projection and an amateur (but enthusiastic) choir, The Living Earth Show intends to craft a spectacle designed to highlight the surreal theatricality, spectacle, and virtuosity inherent in these works.
The second half of the program features works by some of the most adventurous complex, and extreme works written by composers from the San Francisco Bay Area, where The Living Earth Show makes its home. Ken Ueno’s Pork Roll, Egg, and Cheese on a Kaiser Bun crafts a 20 minute bath of microtonal complexity, utilizing extremes of technical virtuosity to build an unsettling, yet somehow comfortable, sonic world. Luciano Chessa’s Inkless Imagination VIII: For Geoffrey Hartman (The Boy of Winander) is one of the most achingly beautiful pieces in The Living Earth Show’s repertoire. A setting of Wordsworth’s poem The Boy of Winander, Chessa’s composition is presented in total darkenss, and the performers activate the space to create a truly immersive and moving auditory experience.
If the audience isn’t tired of The Living Earth Show’s antics by this point, the ensemble will close the show with Brian Ferneyhough’s Renvoi/Shards, written for quartertone vibraphone and quartertone guitar. Though Renvoi/Shards, is the only work in the ensemble’s repertoire that it hasn’t commissioned, the ensemble remains the only group to perform the work in the Western hemisphere. The ensemble’s memorized performances of Ferneyhough helped the ensemble earn its reputation, and the group is excited and honored to present this work at National Sawdust.