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Ensemble ACJW: Speechless

This spring, Ensemble ACJW performs a series of three concerts at National Sawdust, one of New York City’s most cutting-edge new music venues. ACJW fellow Andrea Casarrubios talks about the thought process behind programming the first concert in the series—taking place on March 29—which features the world premiere of her work, Speechless, which she wrote especially for Ensemble ACJW.


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Andrea Casarrubios | Photo by Jennifer Taylor
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           Ensemble ACJW’s show on March 29 is one of the concerts I have been most looking forward to, and it is finally taking shape. The idea for the evening is to provide a safe and inspiring space where listeners and performers can enter the venue and feel as if they just stepped out of their world—perhaps a noisy and hectic one. My hope is that by creating this space for an hour, everyone will have the mental and physical time to observe life and art from a different perspective through the music we share.

The evening starts with the world premiere of a composition I wrote for this occasion, dedicated to Ensemble ACJW. This piece was largely inspired by experiences I had during the past two years as a part of ACJW. The work, Speechless for cello and percussion, was born out of a question I’ve asked myself many, many times: “What does it mean to have a voice?” In the piece, the performers embark on a playful, yet desperate search. At its core, it is an experience based on a non-verbal discussion between the inner voices of one’s self.

We continue with works by Jay Wadley, Svante Henryson, Missy Mazzoli, and John Cage. We are curious to witness how the performance and experience of Cage’s 4’33” will be affected by the pieces that precede it.

We complete the program with the New York premiere of “R.S.” from Three Phantasy Pieces by Claude Baker, and a string trio by Dobrinka Tabakova entitled Insight.  smartquote right



ACJW
Ensemble ACJW
Tuesday, March 29 at 7 PM
Ensemble ACJW

National Sawdust