Soundings - New Music at the Nasher: Rituals of War and Death
Composer Martin Bresnick’s Caprichos Enfaticos will anchor this thematic rumination of humankind’s most persistent troubles. The composition sprawls across eight movements, utilizing Francisco Goya’s historic collection of etchings, Los Desastres de Guerra (The Disasters of War), as its source material. In spite of such a weighty reference, Caprichos Enfanticos also has delicate passages amidst thunderingly stark blasts of military-style drums, as the program’s title suggests. A lively 6/8 time signature is sprinkled throughout, which was at one time the beat of a festive chain dance popular in Europe.
Pivoting from the darkness of Caprichos Enfaticos, James Wood’s Village Burial With Fire takes a more spiritually-minded approach, focusing on the afterlife rather than earthly despair. The blend of Eastern and Western music styles explores rhythms that trace their origins to Sri Lanka.
On piano for this concert will be Soundings Artistic Director Seth Knopp, joining the Percussion Collective, an ensemble founded by decorated percussionist Robert Van Sice, who guided the lineup at Yale University.