March 21st at 8PM at the DiMenna Center’s Benzaquen Hall, loadbang presents Premieres: Volume 6. A continuation of their ongoing project to expand the repertoire for their unique instrumentation (trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, baritone voice), this concert will feature two world premieres, a New York premiere, and a selection of favorite works composed for the group.
Loadbang will present a world premiere by Jonathan Dawe which showcases the range of expression for which loadbang is known.
Per Bloland’s We Are Drawn to Burning (NY Premiere) features an impressive electronics part, enveloping the sound of loadbang with industrial distortion and noise. The sounds of the instruments and voice are transformed through non-traditional systems of muting: the bass clarinet plays with a CD case over the end of the bell, and the singer performs through a megaphone.
Armando Bayolo’s Last Breaths is a powerful setting of the last words of six black men killed by police in the last 11 years, which seeks to act as a reminder of the lives lost and the work left to do in achieving racial justice in America.
Charles Wuorinen’s kaleidoscopic setting of John Ashbery’s surrealist texts, drawn from his collection Planisphere, exploits the full range of loadbang’s lyrical capability. Alphabetical Ashbery is relentlessly polyphonic, and follows Ashbery’s wild turns of mood and phrase at breakneck speed.
Setting text in his native Catalan, Joan Arnau Pamies’s per ser plagat de ta dolça ferida juxtaposes traditionally notated sections of music with extremely detailed tablature notation, which instructs the instrumentalists not on the sounds to be produced, but on the method of physically interacting with their instruments.
Quinn Collins’s Nervous Aluminum Rabbit is a setting of a surreal poem by Matt Hart, backed by a driving electronic track. The ensemble plays pulsing rhythmic figures below the declamatory vocal line, which vacillates between sung and spoken figures, as well as between the comic and the tragic