• Monday, Jan 13, 2014

    Glenn Kotche and Victorie Give World Premieres of Carnegie Hall Commissions by Kotche and Missy Mazzoli on February 22 in Zankel Hall

    Program Also Includes the New York Premiere of
    John Luther Adam's Ilimaq for Solo Percussion, Performed by Kotche


    Image at the top of release © Jessica Mazzoli

    Program Information
    Saturday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Glenn Kotche, Percussion
    Mellissa Hughes, Soprano
    Martha Cluver, Soprano
    Virginia Warnken, Mezzo-Soprano

    GLENN KOTCHE Bells and Honey (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    MISSY MAZZOLI Vespers for a New Dark Age (World Premiere, commissioned by Carnegie Hall)
    JOHN LUTHER ADAMS Ilimaq for Solo Percussion (New York Premiere)

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival ®.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
    On Saturday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, percussionist Glenn Kotche of rock band Wilco joins composer Missy Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire for a concert featuring world premieres of two Carnegie Hall commissions, and the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’s Ilimaq.

    The program opens with the world premiere of Kotche’s new piece, Bells and Honey, which was written for Victoire. Kotche began composing the piece on a drum kit before expanding and arranging the timbres to suit the unique voices and personalities of the full ensemble. In the composer’s own words, “The title of the work references a line from the Biblical book, Exodus, ‘…a land flowing with milk and honey,’ alluding to the fruitful possibilities of using the drum kit as a compositional tool for other mediums.”

    Missy Mazzoli’s new work, Vespers for a New Dark Age, features sopranos Mellissa Hughes and Martha Cluver, and mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken, Kotche, and Victoire. The piece offers an alternative take on the traditional Vespers prayer service, with the customary sacred text replaced by award-winning poet Matthew Zapruder’s prose about technology, ghosts, death, doubt, and God. “I love the strange juxtaposition of these fragmented, secular texts with the rigid structure of a musical church service, complete with all its ritualistic repetition and call and response,” said Mazzoli. The musicians will be wearing apparel by designer Andrea Katz, created specifically for this work.

    Kotche will also perform the New York premiere of John Luther Adams’s layered Ilimaq, a work for solo percussion which fuses modern music with found sounds of the natural world and Alaskan field recordings. Illimaq, which translates to “spirit journeys,” aurally narrates the journey of a shaman riding the sound of the drum to and from the spirit world.

    About the Artists
    Chicago-based percussionist and composer Glenn Kotche has been called one of the most exciting, creative, and promising composers and performers in modern music. Kotche has been commissioned to write pieces for ensembles including Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, and the Silk Road Ensemble. He is currently writing new works for Third Coast Percussion and the Golden Hornet Project in Austin. Kotche has collaborated with contemporary music sextet eighth blackbird, and his compositions have been performed at venues as wide-ranging as Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, and Teatro Castro Alves in Salvador, Brazil. He was a featured performer at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival, the headliner at the inaugural concert of New York’s Wordless Music Series, and an artist-in-residence at SoundRes in Lecce, Italy.

    Kotche is a member of the groundbreaking American rock band Wilco, with which he has played since 2001. Wilco's latest release, the Grammy Award-nominated The Whole Love, was released on their own label, dBpm Records. In 2010, Kotche and his band mates started their own music festival, Solid Sound, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. Kotche contributed a permanent sound installation to the museum's collection, created for the 2011 festival. Solid Sound: Wilco's Music and Arts Festival returned for its third year at MASS MoCA in June 2013. Kotche records and performs regularly with the rhythm duo On Fillmore, whose latest release, Extended Vacation, (Dead Oceans, 2009) was praised by The New York Times. The duo’s previous release, Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2004) landed the group in the lineup of the prestigious 2005 Percussion Pan Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    Victoire is a family of New York-based musicians, helmed by composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli. This “all-star, all-female band” (Time Out New York) of voices, strings, keyboards, clarinets, and electronics performs Mazzoli’s hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop and rich romanticism. Their debut album Cathedral City, released on New Amsterdam Records, envelopes the listener in a tapestry of classical influences, distorted guitars, multi-layered vocals, vintage keyboard sounds, and stuttering samples. Cathedral City was named one of 2010's best classical albums by The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker, and NPR.

    In the past three years, Victoire has performed all over the world in venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Millennium Park (Chicago), Radialsystem (Berlin), Cafe de la Danse (Paris), (le) Poisson Rouge (New York), Joe’s Pub (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Cleveland Art Museum, as well as the Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2011, they embarked on their first European tour with The National, Efterklang, and Owen Pallett, and returned to Europe in 2012 for a tour of Germany, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands with My Brightest Diamond. They recently performed in Sweden as part of the M.A.D.E. Festival, and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Victoire’s recordings have been included in several films, such as the award-winning documentary Detropia. Victoire is composed of Missy Mazzoli (compositions, keyboards), Mellissa Hughes and Caroline Shaw (voice), Olivia De Prato (violin), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Lorna Krier (electronics, keyboards), and Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass). Members of Victoire are currently working on their second full-length album, to be released in 2014.
    Ticket Information
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