Music Hall of Williamsburg
Philip Glass, Real Estate (Acoustic) and Friends

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Philip Glass, Real Estate (Acoustic) and Friends

Bryce Dessner, Tim Fain, Sondre Lerche, Nico Muhly, Nadia Sirota, Nadia Sirota

Sun, May 19, 2013

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Music Hall of Williamsburg

Brooklyn, NY

$75 advance / $75 day of show (limited seating available)

This event is 16 and over

Due to a hand injury, Van Dyke Parks will be unable to perform in the Henry Miller Library benefit concert this Sunday May 19th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. In fine show business form, Philip Glass says "the show must go on" and has gathered the following friends to show their support for the Library. Bryce Dessner Real Estate Tim Fain Sondre Lerche Nico Muhly Nadia Sirota We all wish Mr Parks a speedy recovery. We hope all will be able to attend the great fundraiser, but for those who can't refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Philip Glass
Philip Glass
RETROSPECTIVE CONCERTS
Forty-year retrospective concerts of repertoire written by Philip Glass for the Philip Glass Ensemble. Programs include selections from the iconic works Einstein on the Beach, Music in 12 Parts, Koyaanisqatsi, and Glassworks. Full length performances of the four-hour epic Music in 12 Parts (1971-74) are also available as special events.

PHILIP GLASS LIVE FILM PROJECTS
Over the last thirty-five years, Philip Glass has explored the role of music as it relates to the moving image on film. This series of performances features six evening-length works for music and projected film.

THE QATSI TRILOGY (Godfrey Reggio)
KOYAANISQATSI: Life Out of Balance
POWAQQATSI: Life in Transformation
NAQOYQATSI: Life as War
Koyaanisqatsi has also been arranged for the Philip Glass Ensemble to perform with local symphony orchestras and choir. Commissions for orchestral arrangements for additional filmworks are currently under exploration and may become available.

SHORTS: Program includes specially commissioned short films by Atom Egoyan, Peter Greenaway, Shirin Neshat, and Michal Rovner, as well as classics by Godfrey Reggio.

LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE: Beauty and the Beast (Jean Cocteau, 1946)

DRACULA: Starring Bela Lugosi (Tod Browning, 1931). Originally composed for the Kronos Quartet (pending availability) and also available with the Philip Glass Ensemble.

PHILIP GLASS SOLO PIANO
An intimate evening of work for solo acoustic piano featuring recent etudes composed and performed by Philip Glass.

PHILIP GLASS CHAMBER MUSIC
A collection of newly-composed works for strings performed by favorite chamber players selected by Philip Glass. Ranging from duets to octetes, chamber evenings feature his most recent compositions and may be presented as a collection or paired with works from the classical repertoire.

EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH
In celebration of Philip Glass' 75th birthday in 2012, Pomegranate Arts has spear-headed a campaign to launch an international tour of Robert Wilson and Philip Glass' seminal collaborative work EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH. First performed in 1976 at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and the Festival d'Avignon, the opera subsequently toured in 1984 and 1993 to a select number of cities. It has never been seen outside of New York City in North America.

Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH changed opera forever and continues to be recognized as one of contemporary performance's greatest masterpieces.
Real Estate
Real Estate
Atlas, the new album by New Jersey's Real Estate, arrives through Domino on March 3rd 2014. A triumph of highly evocative, perceptive songwriting and graceful, precise musicianship, Atlas carefully refines, and ultimately perfects, the brilliantly distinct artistic vision that made its predecessors Days and Real Estate so beloved.


The most collaborative Real Estate record to date, Atlas was written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band's hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Shick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco's loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.

Over the course of five years of collaboration and friendship Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have honed a masterfully focused aesthetic feel and unique sense of atmosphere in their work, a kind of subtle American impressionism that belies their relatively small discography. Theirs is a subtly inimitable sound that achieves a unique timelessness in its assured identity. Nevertheless, Atlas does not represent a resting on the laurels of Days.


"We wanted to make a cleaner, more well-rehearsed record that reflected the way we've come together as a live band over the last few years", explains Courtney. "Basically we wanted to make a better record than Days without changing the general structure of who we are as a band."


The songs of Atlas still unfurl in iridescent, warm webs of Courtney and Mondanile's guitar, they're still anchored by Bleeker's nimble bass and they’re still patient and deliberate – ebbing and flowing, frequently building to moments of euphoric release in a way that feels perfectly organic. Likewise the band's searching, human songwriting still illuminates the quiet, important moments of life in exquisitely minimal language.


Intimate and spare, these ten new songs unfold as one impossibly warm, enveloping suite - conjuring quiet, late-night drives down wooded highways, rural rambles with friends (and maybe a love interest) on the sunniest afternoons of the year, and hazy summer evenings spent alone, thinking back to those times and the people who were with you for them. You can catch glints of Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake, and Pavement, and also the art of Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery, and Albert York. It’s precise, taut and uniquely American, cut through with a melancholia that can feel variously heartbreaking and newly wise.


The record's beautiful cover shows sections of a mural by a Polish artist named Stefan Knapp that hung for more than 30 years outside a department store in North Jersey that went under in the ‘90s. For a time it was regarded as the largest mural in the world. The band grew up a few minutes away and spent years driving by the abandoned building and its monumental painting. This vivid, nostalgic image, now lost, goes someway to explaining the concept of Atlas in the way it explores time, growth and change.


"I was trying to write more about where I was at in my life at the time", explains Courtney, "which inevitably led to thinking about my future and where I would like to be. Thoughts of wishing to move away from the city and have a life for my family similar to the one I had growing up. It's a little more uncomfortable writing about your present, a little more personal. The title of the record is meant to convey the idea of these songs as a personal road map for the future. I like to think of this record as an object that can be used and looked to for guidance and reassurance, at least for me personally."
Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche
An artist’s capability to transform suffering into great work is one of humanity’s great phenomena. When considering the “divorce” subcategory of suffering and the “music” subcategory of art, the manifestation has traditionally tended toward the dirge (e.g. Dylan’s “Blood On The Tracks,” Mitchell’s “Blue). Please, Sondre Lerche’s stunning new album, however, is a different animal: despite aligning with a recent divorce from his wife of eight years, it is brimming with crisp electronic flourishes, bold, economic production, and an infectious new energy and sense of purpose.

The juxtaposition of romantic idealism and the chaotic struggle to live up to said ideals is meticulously explored: for the first time in his career, Lerche is presented unraveled. The moans and wails are unedited, and the cutting room floor is clean. The first evidence of this (on opener and first single “Bad Law”) is Lerche’s witty self-awareness as his voice cracks while singing “it all sounds unlikely...”.

Lerche has always written about love, but never in such a primal, sexual way. Lerche's well-proven melodic instincts are sharper than ever, but he's moved from the brain to the body, from the soulful to the physical.

A recurring theme is control--or lack thereof--often symbolized by hands. “Held on to you / almost held my own,” (Lucky Guy). “I’m not holding on to innocence,” (After The Exorcism). “You were under my thumb,” (Logging Off). “My defense scrawled on my hand,” (Bad Law). “Cut off my hand as I reached for the fire,” (Crickets). We are watching Lerche deal with the loss of control that results from embracing total honesty and self-exposure.

“Bad Law” establishes Lerche’s vocal vulnerability and struggle with control, but also establishes another theme that runs throughout the record: the darkness that rises when love and law collide, building to the musing, “When crimes are passionate, can love be separate?” Later, in “At Times We Live Alone,” Lerche revisits this theme with the clever double entendre of “commit”: both committing a crime and committing to a relationship.

A perennially optimistic and love-laden writer, Lerche takes a much different route on standouts such as the heartbreaking “Sentimentalist”: “Tying the knot…Dying to not rot…I’m no sentimentalist,” a rumination that recalls Kurt Cobain’s “married…buried.”

Lerche doesn’t just transform his suffering into art on Please--which was recorded between his hometown of Bergen and Brooklyn, his home-of-nine-years--he shows us how he’s doing it. Trying to see things from every possible angle, he sings “say it to yourself in a different voice” (“Crickets”). The multi-layered vocal arrangement sounds as if we’re simultaneously hearing several different Sondres arriving at the same dead end. This search for understanding continues in “At Times We Live Alone”. It’s unclear as to whether he’s addressing himself or his subject when he repeats the mantra-like, “Try ‘I love you’, try ‘get angry,’ try ‘go fuck off’, call a friend.’“ These short-lived solutions are futile and in vain. The struggles themselves become the songs.

Lerche has been incredibly busy since the release of his 2011 self-titled LP and his 2012 live album, Bootlegs. Aside from touring internationally and releasing his 2013 Scott Walker-cover “The Plague” and “Public Hi-Fi Sessions”, a collaboration with Spoon's Jim Eno, Lerche spent 2013 creating the celebrated score for his then-wife’s (Mona Fastvold) directorial debut and Sundance hit “The Sleepwalker”.

At once both Lerche's catchiest and most emotionally intricate offering, Please is an altogether different kind of divorce-record, a masterful work unlike anything he has crafted before.
Nadia Sirota
Celebrated violist Nadia Sirota will perform works from her sophomore album Baroque, the follow up to her debut First Things First (a New York Times album of the year). The album is predominantly for multi-tracked viola and electronic textures, and features songs written expressly for Sirota by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Shara Worden. Baroque was produced by Paul Evans and composer and Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson at his famous Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. Baroque will be released March 26th on New Amsterdam Records in the US and March 25th on Bedroom Community in the rest of the world.
Nadia Sirota
Celebrated violist Nadia Sirota will perform works from her sophomore album Baroque, the follow up to her debut First Things First (a New York Times album of the year). The album is predominantly for multi-tracked viola and electronic textures, and features songs written expressly for Sirota by Nico Muhly, Daníel Bjarnason, Paul Corley, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Shara Worden. Baroque was produced by Paul Evans and composer and Bedroom Community founder Valgeir Sigurðsson at his famous Greenhouse Studios in Iceland. Baroque will be released March 26th on New Amsterdam Records in the US and March 25th on Bedroom Community in the rest of the world.
Venue Information:
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
http://www.musichallofwilliamsburg.com/