Chatterbird Presents: Wood/Wire, Featuring Wu Fei

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Chatterbird Presents: Wood/Wire, Featuring Wu Fei says
chatterbird presents an evening of intriguing new classical music at WELD Nashville. Works include a world premiere commission for chatterbird written by Composer-in-Residence, Bryan Clark, featuring the ensemble alongside guzheng soloist (and wizard) Wu Fei. Guitarist Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas) will open the show.

Fei, a native of Beijing and a current Nashville resident, is a master of the guzheng, a 21-string Chinese zither. Fei plays the guzheng beautifully in the instrument's vernacular--a musical language which is 2,000 to 3,000 years old--and in a contemporary idiosyncratic, experimental dialect begun during years spent at Mills College and immersed in NYC’s downtown improvising scene.

Percussionist Jesse Strauss will premiere a work by French-American composer Daniel Wohl, titled Kin, for percussion and electronics. Born and raised in Paris, and currently living in Los Angeles, Daniel Wohl's music blends electronics with acoustic instrumentation to often "surprising and provocative effect" (NPR). He has produced albums, orchestral and chamber works, film and ballet scores, and has received critical praise as one of his generation’s "imaginative, skillful creators" (New York Times) making work that is "beautiful...original" (Pitchfork). chatterbird was a part of a nationwide consortium to commission this piece, and this performance will be the Tennessee premiere.

Additional repertoire to include:

Table Music, by Belgian composer Thierry de Mey, for six hands and three amplified tables.

Only the Words Themselves Mean What They Say, by Kate Soper, written for soprano and flute and based on the poetry of Lydia Davis.

1972, by Halldór Smárason, for amplified chess board and chamber ensemble. The work recreates the exciting 13th game of the 1972 chess championship between Boris Spassky and Bobby Fischer, with amplified chess moves giving a rhythmic foundation to the piece.

I Will Not Be Sad in this World, by Eve Beglarian, for bass flute and electronics.
Shane Parish (Ahleuchatistas) will open the show, performing music from his new solo album Undertaker Please Drive Slow, an amalgam of original arrangements and improvisations of gospel, folk, blues, field hollers, Child ballads, Scottish traditionals, and Appalachian tunes. On Parish, John Zorn writes, “Taking classic old timey folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, at times boiling them down to their very essence. A spiritual project that will keep you riveted from first note to last.”

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the door (cash and cards accepted.) Tasty beer and snacks will be available for purchase.
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