Re-Creation of the World: escapeVelocity
Six amazing composers will each write a companion piece that corresponds to one of the six sections of Milhaud’s Creation du Monde, crafting a new narrative of the “creation of the world” that reflects a contemporary worldview. Centered around Darius Milhaud’s monumental La Création du monde, and presented in a new arrangement for violin and piano by composer-performers Robert Fleitz and Giancarlo Latta, Re-Creation of the World explores the interconnected musical landscapes of 1920’s France and America through works by Milhaud, Lili Boulanger, Germaine Tailleferre and Duke Ellington.
Milhaud’s piece, in turn, is seen through the eyes of six composers whose work represents today’s diverse and far-reaching landscape of contemporary classical music. These six composers (inti figgis-vizueta, Linda Leimane, Jessica Mays, Darian Thomas, Zeynep Toraman, and Julie Zhu) offer six responses to La Création, crafting a new narrative about the “creation of the world” that reflects an updated, contemporary worldview. The six composers come from diverse musical backgrounds and each of them writes in a very individual style. The premieres (2 or 3 minutes each) will be interspersed and performed throughout the program to highlight the different sections of the Milhaud.
escapeVelocity is a violin and piano duo comprised of performer-composers Giancarlo Latta and Robert Fleitz, focusing on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. “Escape velocity,” a concept in physics, here references the violin and piano as two bodies in space. The piano, a massive and at times unwieldy force, pulls the violin into its sphere: sometimes, the violin’s velocity and voice escape the piano’s gravitational pull and the two instruments enter a dialogue; at other times, the piano draws the violin in and the two objects must act as one. The duo has been in residence at Avaloch Farm, The Banff Centre and the Composers Conference at Wellesley College. They were recently featured as part of Mise-En Place’s Curators Program, and performed in Florida, Michigan, and New York during the 2018-19 season.
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