New Amsterdam is proud to partner with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s pioneeromh Liquid Music Series, which recently announced the full schedule of events for its 2016-17 season. Entering its fifth season this fall, Liquid Music expands the world of chamber music through innovative new projects and iconoclastic artists in unique presentation formats. Many NewAm artists and projects will be presented in the coming season, including the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's Unremembered, Roomful of Teeth with special guest Nick Zammuto, and more.
Liquid Music continues to stretch musical imaginations and facilitate the creation of emotionally-engaging contemporary chamber music projects featuring today’s most exciting and expansive artists. The 2016-17 season features four world premiere projects from artists with a diverse range of influences and musical perspectives. Minneapolis’s own Poliça join forces with Berlin’s pioneering s t a r g a z e for Music For the Long Emergency. This new work, co-presented with The Current, is the culmination of Liquid Music’s first virtual residency and is inspired by The Long Emergency, a book that explores the potential long-term collapse of industrial society due to scarcity of oil and climate change. Liquid Music partners with Kaufman Music Center’s Ecstatic Music Festival in commissioning an expansive new chamber music work from trumpet virtuoso Ambrose Akinmusire, to be premiered with special guests at Saint Paul’s Amsterdam Bar & Hall. Vocal titans Roomful of Teeth (Caroline Shaw) and sonic tinkerer Nick Zammuto (The Books) prepare an explosive and explorative new work, co-presented and co-comissioned with the Walker Art Center and Schubert Club Mix. Liquid Music, The Current and the Walker come together at the close of the 2016-17 season to commission and present an ambitious narrative multimedia experience called A Warm Weather Ghost, conceived by TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe. “Getting A Warm Weather Ghost together for the series has provided me with the opportunity to weave together several elements of what I do as a visual artist, musician and filmmaker and present it all in a live setting, which is something I've wanted to do for a long while now,” says Adebimpe.
In addition, Liquid Music presents deeply moving and insightful projects from new music masterminds Sarah Kirkland Snider, David Lang and Colin Stetson. Each of these projects poses exciting challenges and unique forms of expression that are perfectly suited to Liquid Music’s strengths. David Lang’s intentionally understated piece, darker, “is at the same time almost static and relentlessly active, both soft and very hard,” explains Lang. “It needs really great musicians, and I am very happy and very honored to be on Liquid Music with members of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.” Snider’s renowned song cycle, Unremembered, draws on poetry and imagery from poet Nathaniel Bellows, and features an all-star cast of special guests including Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond), Padma Newsome (Clogs), DM Stith (Sufjan Stevens) and musicians of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. The season starts with a Walker Art Center copresentation featuring saxophonist and composer Colin Stetson’s reworking of Henryk Górecki’s harrowing 3rd Symphony into Sorrow. Stetson translates Górecki’s lush symphonic language to the constraints of a uniquely constructed contemporary ensemble, employing electric guitars, synthesizers, drums and woodwinds to lend new insight and energy to the work.
Liquid Music’s trendsetting virtual residency program continues in 2016-17, tracking the artistic process of flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim as she prepares Fanm d'Haiti, a Liquid Music commissioned project exploring Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music culture. In May 2017, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Where Words End, a festival that explores themes of immigration and cultural identity through the lens of Nordic music and culture. As part of the festival, Liquid Music and Iceland’s Bedroom Community partner with the American Swedish Institute for a one of a kind performance at the Historic Turnblad Mansion, featuring Bedroom Community artists Daníel Bjarnason, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurðsson alongside special guests Mariam Wallentin and SPCO Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto.
For more information and tickets to Liquid Music’s 2016-17 season, click here.