Paul Muldoon's "Against the Grain" featuring Min Jin Lee, Tracy K. Smith, and Sō Percussion
In association with London Review of Books
7pm doors • 8pm show
NationalSawdust+ presents the third installment of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon’s new literary-music series, Against the Grain, featuring award-winning writers Min Jin Lee and Tracy K. Smith, and the dynamic music ensemble Sō Percussion. Presented in association with London Review of Books, the series is dedicated to making art that is equal to the contrariness and complexity of our moment.
NationalSawdust+ is a lively performance and conversation series in which luminaries from across disciplines share their passion for music and explore ideas, making surprising connections. Curated by Elena Park, the series taps artists and thinkers from theater, film and visual art, literature, science and beyond, to create insightful programs that reflect their own interests. Whether through live performances, conversations, or readings, each program has its own alchemy, engaging the audience in new and unexpected ways. Often topical, and always imaginative, NationalSawdust+ is an ideal space for those with curiosity, adventure, and vision.
Photo of Paul Muldoon by Gary Doak
In June 2017, Smith was named U.S. poet laureate. She teaches creative writing at Princeton University.
Their repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, et al, to commissioning and advocating works by contemporary composers such as David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Steve Mackey, and Caroline Shaw, to distinctively modern collaborations with artists who work outside the classical concert hall, including Shara Nova, the electronic duo Matmos, the choreographer Susan Marshall, Wilco’s Glenn Kotche, The National’s Bryce Dessner, and many others.
Sō Percussion also composes and performs their own works, ranging from standard concert pieces to immersive multi-genre programs – including Imaginary City, Where (we) Live, and A Gun Show, which was presented in a multi-performance presentation as part of BAM’s 2016 Next Wave Festival. In these concert-length programs, Sō Percussion employs a distinctively 21st century synthesis of original music, artistic collaboration, theatrical production values and visual art, into a powerful exploration of their own unique and personal creative experiences.
In the current season, Sō performs the New York premiere of David Lang’s man made with Louis Langrée and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; tours a new work by Caroline Shaw with Dawn Upshaw and Gil Kalish to the Kennedy Center, San Francisco Performances, UCLA, Penn State, and elsewhere; returns to Carnegie Hall with the JACK Quartet in a program of new works by Donnacha Dennehy and Dan Trueman; tours the United Kingdom with its original production exploring the community and culture of English coal mining country, From Out a Darker Sea; and more.