This season finale concert features all ten pieces written for The Lost Words project. Through the wonderfully diverse styles of the ten composers, Amalgama engages with the core concepts of The Lost Words project: care, collaboration, and a visceral joy for the natural world.
Amalgama presents a performance of new commissions from our 2018-19 season project, The Lost Words, featuring composers Luis Fernando Amaya and Maria Kaoutzani.
Amalgama presents Moon, Line, Shadow, an intimate performance that places Arnold Schoenberg’s seminal work Pierrot Lunaire, featuring soprano Amber Evans, in musical dialogue with improvisations by Amalgama’s percussionist, Caitlin Cawley. This strange moonlit meeting occurs in tandem with an artistic installation created specifically for the event by Sarah Williams and Katie Bell, in which Schoenberg's numerological structure provides the framework for the movement of mixed-media shapes throughout the performance space. Moon, Line, Shadow is a multidisciplinary performance exploring the overlaps and divergences between different artistic languages and traditions.
Imagine for a moment a few of the neurons in your brain get their signals crossed. Your taste buds are now connected to your auditory cortex, and your ears to the gustatory. Now, what might a peppercorn sound like? Or what kind of flavor does a bowed vibraphone produce? Common Senses is an experiment in perception. Musicians, chefs and visual artists explore together the theme of temperature, and seek common language to translate their art forms and creative processes across media. Through collaboration, they have composed pieces that will take the audience from a sensory climate of cold to hot, through tasting, listening and watching.
As part of our Curator Series at Mise-En_PLACE, Amalgama is joined by duos post-trees (Aaron Garcia and Anna Heflin), Con Fluss (Amber Evans and Sam Zagnit), and saxophonist Shelley Washington for an evening exploring the role of the composer-performer.
Amalgama presents a concert of exciting new works, improvisations, and collaborations at Spectrum, NYC. The program features Reiko Füting’s Weg, Lied Der Schwäne, and Whitney George’s Chasing Light, connected by free and structured improvisations. Reiko Füting will also join the musicians of Amalgama on stage to perform a semi-improvised piece written by our conductor Michal Raymond Massoud. In this spirit of play, we aim to interrogate traditional creative roles and the composer/performer relationship.