2015-16 Liquid Music Series Announced

New Amsterdam is proud to partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Serieswhich recently announced the full schedule of events for its 2015-16 season. Entering its fourth season this fall, Liquid Music expands the world of classical music through innovative new projects, boundary-defying artists, and unique presentation formats. Many NewAm artists will be presented in the coming season, including William Brittelle (with Wye Oak), Daniel Wohl (with Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet), and Tristan Perich's Surface Image featuring Vicky Chow.

Liquid Music continues to expand its relationships with presenting partners across the Twin Cities. Liquid Music joins the Walker Art Center for five copresentations, its largest number of collaborations to date. Noteworthy Walker copresentations include: Spiritual Americaan exploration of secular spirituality in America featuring the world premiere of new chamber ensemble art songs by William Brittelle and Michi Wiancko (commissioned by the Walker Art Center) performed by indie rockers Wye Oak at Aria, Minneapolis on October 14; a live-action presentation of Montreal-based DJ/producer Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall under the direction of K.K. Barrett (Spike Jones’ Her and Where the Wild Things Are) featuring the dynamic Afiara QuartetApril 1 & 2 at the Walker Art Center; the return of the highly influential Laurie Anderson (copresented with MPR Live Events) at the historic Fitzgerald Theater on March 19; and a special two-night event May 13 & 14 exploring the acid-folk / indie-rock musical world of singer / songwriter / painterDevendra Banhart, joined by his friends and fellow interdisciplinary artists William Basinski, Rodrigo Amarante, Helado Negro and Hecuba with more to be announced. 

The 2015-16 season also sees Liquid Music moving into new spaces across the Twin Cities. Violist and violinist Miranda Cuckson performs a set of works centered around the themes of wind, air and light by contemporary composers Dai Fjikura, Kaija Saariaho, Ileana Perez-Velasquez, Richard Barrett and Nina C. Young on November 13 & 14 at Bedlam Theatre Lowertown. On March 24, pianist Vicky Chow performs Tristan Perich’s Surface Image surrounded by visual art in one of the Walker Art Center’s galleries as part of their Sound Horizons series. Finally, to celebrate National Poetry Month, legendary spoken-word performer Saul Williams and the adventurous Mivos Quartet take over the James J. Hill Reference Library to weave together strings and voice with two world premieres by Ted Hearne and Jace Clayton (DJ/rupture) on April 26.

Liquid Music also continues to support the growth and development of emerging artists through two unique commissioning projects. In the same vein as the Sisyphus album (Sufjan Stevens / Son Lux / Serengeti) co-commissioned with the Walker Art Center during 2013.14 season, Liquid Music has partnered with MASS MoCA, the Baryshinikov Art Center and theIndianapolis Music of Art to fund the creation of Holographic, a new album and performance series by Paris-born composerDaniel Wohl. For the Saint Paul iteration of the work, Wohl will be joined by the talents of Mantra Percussion and theHolographic String Quartet (made up of members of Flux Quartet and String Noise) to present this sophomore album (out on New Amsterdam Records January 29) at the new Ordway Concert Hall on February 11. Liquid Music will also follow the artistic processes of Berlin’s brilliant s t a r g a z e (with celebrated violinist/conductor André de Ridder) and Minnesota’s own Poliça as they work together over the course of the year through a “virtual residency” to create a unique musical collaboration for the 2016.17 Liquid Music season. Progress on the collaboration can be followed on the new Liquid Music websiteliquidmusicseries.org, starting in the fall of 2015. The new site (launched today) features expanded information about this year’s performances, and will grow to include a blog and new podcast series.

The season ends with the world premiere of Orpheus Unsung, an opera without words by Grammy award winning composerSteven Mackey featuring Sō Percussion’s Jason TreutingMusicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, directorMark DeChiazza and a small dance troupe. Co-presented with the Guthrie Theater (with advance residency support from Carleton College) in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio June 16-18, this will be one of the most expansive Liquid Music projects to date, combining music, kaleidoscopic cinematic imagery, and the series’ first endeavor into the realm of dance.

Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum looks forward to the breadth of talent next season holds. "The artists and audience of Liquid Music past, present and future inspire me as a curator to think big, take risks and be alert to new ways of supporting nonlinear artistic ventures. The projects and collaborations that Liquid Music gets behind are hard-won and complex but tremendously fulfilling for everyone involved – they are the product of true partnership and mutual belief in a singular artistic vision." Referring to the series’ fervent and fast-growing fan base, she noted, "I think Liquid Music audiences are so enthusiastic because they are given regular opportunities to explore, learn and partake in very special, very in-the-moment communal music experiences. We all need this stuff in our lives, not just because the performances are beautiful or mysterious or surprising, but because they open our hearts, minds and eyes to new worlds, new ideas and perhaps even new hope. Discovery is exhilarating.” 

Named Minnesota’s “Best independent producer” in 2014 (Star Tribune), Nordstrum has been widely praised for her programmatic vision and catholic tastes, with media outlets describing her as “the most adventurous music curator in town” (MinnPost), “a presenter of rare initiative” (Star Tribune), “an innovative impresario” (Pioneer Press), and “Twin Cities’ curatorial powerhouse with international pull” (Minnesota Public Radio). Composer Nico Muhly, interviewed by MPR, expounded, “She’s got hear ear to the ground, really, and she’s looking for things that are not already happening but she could make happen.”

The most recent Liquid Music season overflowed with eight completely sold out shows featuring world and regional premieres by artists such as Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Dawn of Midi, Nils Frahm, Bryce Dessner (The National), Julia Holter, Helado Negro and Missy Mazzoli (Victoire).

Click here for more information and tickets to Liquid Music’s 2015-16 season.