I’m very excited to announce the first-ever Ecstatic Latvia festival in Ventspils, a coastal city with an astonishing new concert hall. We’re bringing programming from the New York edition to Latvia:
» November 8, 2019 | 8:00 pm // Deerhoof & TIGUE
» November 9, 2019 | 7:00 PM // Zola Jesus & Ecstatic Quartet (including music by John Luther Adams, Missy Mazzoli, Jessie Montgomery, and Una Sveinbjarnardóttir)
» November 10, 2019 | 5:00 PM // Caroline Shaw, Judd Greenstein & Ecstatic Quartet
On October 23, 25, and 26, at GK Arts Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn, I’ll be premiering one of my most ambitious works to date. The music is a five-movement ballet score for chamber orchestra called Études sur les glaciers, and was created as part of a three-way collaboration between choreographer Troy Schumacher, whose innovative company BalletCollective is commissioning the work, and the brilliant visual artist Zaria Forman. Zaria’s work involves reproducing aerial photographs of Arctic and Antarctic terrain in pastel drawings. Her art is a study in contradiction, with seemingly frozen images (literally and figuratively) revealing themselves to be filled with great motion and activity, the lines and gestures of the ice reflecting massive movements across great distances. Hanging over the seemingly timeless images is the threat of impermanence caused by climate change. Troy and I were deeply inspired by Zaria’s work, and have created a five-movement work that incorporates Zaria’s imagery in innovative fashion, while standing as its own reflection of the themes inherent in her work’s subject. The Knights will perform the score, and I feel it’s one of my most personally important musical creations, and part of an extremely special collaboration. So I hope you’ll join me.
This year, we’re doing something different with the Ecstatic Music Festival — it’s actually ceasing to be a festival, and becoming a series that lasts throughout the year! The term “Festival” has always been a strange way of describing what we do, as the concerts have been spread out over the winter and spring, and there’s no sense of a continuous festival atmosphere. So we’re pushing things out in the other direction, and having monthly concerts from September through May. It’s a very exciting season, focusing as always on new collaborations and special projects from artists across the musical spectrum. I hope you’ll be able to join us for some of the shows! See below for a complete list of concerts.