Featuring a concert version of King's Bessie-nominated piece Astral Epitaphs that was commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for its final shows at the Park Avenue Armory in Dec. 2011, the music of New York composer John King (www.johnkingmusic.com) will be presented at Brooklyn's Roulette on Friday, December 7 at 8pm.
John King's KOSMOS is reflection of the composer's current world -- a multifaceted summary of new works by this composer who is setting a new and individual path, projecting out from his past work with John Cage and David Tudor. With new works for ensembles large and small, this concert will include performances by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, TILT Brass Sextet, and Crucible String Quartet. Roulette is located at 509 Atlantic Ave (On the corner of Atlantic & 3rd Aves). Transit options include the 2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR. For more information please visit www.roulette.org or call 917-267-0363.
John King's KOSMOS - COMPLETE PROGRAM (all works by John King):
- Astral Epitaphs, performed by TILT Brass Sextet and Brooklyn Youth Chorus
- KOSMOS part II, performed by Crucible Quartet
- (climax in) The Deserts of Love, performed by Melissa Fogarty and Ensemble
Beginning the program will be a concert version of King's Bessie-nominated piece Astral Epitaphs that was commissioned by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for its final shows at the Park Avenue Armory in Dec. 2011. Surrounding the Roulette space will be the TILT Brass Sextet and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, with live electronics performed by the composer. The texts for this piece come from the Latin "Lux Aeterna" and from an Ancient Greek epitaph attributed to Seikilos written on a tombstone, both dealing with timelessness and remembrance. "I wanted to include a live performance by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus in last year's performance of Astral Epitaphs but couldn't," says King, "and now I have the exciting opportunity to recreate this large ensemble piece with chorus and instrumentalists throughout as well as surrounding the space."
King's most recent string quartet, KOSMOS part II, will be played by his Crucible Quartet, featuring NY string luminaries Cornelius Dufallo, Jennifer Choi and Yves Dharamraj, along with the composer. Part I was premiered at the Lincoln Center Festival in July 2011. This is the second part of a 4-part three-hour long quartet and has an independent chance-determined live electronics surround-sound component as well.
The final piece, (climax in) The Deserts of Love, will be realized by a large 20-piece mixed ensemble and will feature the stunning voice of Melissa Fogarty, known for her early and Baroque music expertise as well as her Klezmer, operatic and contemporary virtuosity. The text for this composition is a poetic reduction of the prose fragment, "The Deserts of Love", by Arthur Rimbaud. Each member of the ensemble is a soloist playing his or her chance-determined musical material independently of each other, following a digital time score. The soprano part floats above the ensemble moving at her own unique pace in realizing this exquisite and powerful text of Rimbaud.
John King, composer, guitarist and violist, has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet; Ethel; Bang On A Can All-Stars; Mannheim Ballet; New York City Ballet/Diamond Project, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo; as well as the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His string quartets have also been performed by the Eclipse Quartet (LA) and the Mondriaan Quartet (Amsterdam). His Crucible Quartet has premiered many of his compositions at The Stone (June 2007) and The Kitchen (April 2009). He has written 3 operas: herzstück/heartpiece, based on the text of Heiner Müller, premiered at the 1999 Warsaw Autumn Festival and presented at the Kitchen NYC in 2000 (a double-opera, co-written with Krzysztof Knittel); la belle captive based on texts by Alain Robbe-Grillet, premiered at Teatro Colon/CETC in Buenos Aires in 2003, and toured to London's ICA (Fronteras Festival) in 2004 and The Kitchen in 2005; and also his most recent opera, Dice Thrown, based on the Stéphane Mallarmé poem, an excerpt of which was performed by New York City Opera as part of its VOX series in May 2008. The complete staged version was presented at CalArts April 23-24, 2010. He has 3 recent CD releases of music for string quartet; 10 Mysteries and AllSteel (Tzadik); and Ethel (Cantaloupe). He was Music Curator at The Kitchen from 1999-2003 and from 2002-2011 was a co-director of the Music Committee at MCDC. He is also the recipient of the 2009 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music.