Ecstatic Music: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble And Calder Quartet Hear a purveyor of overdriven sound team up with two of the hottest groups in new art music.

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Ecstatic Music: Dan Deacon, NOW Ensemble And Calder QuartetQ2

PROGRAM

  • Mark Dancigers: Cloudburst
  • Daniel Wohl: Glitch
  • Dan Deacon: An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes

The Ecstatic Music Festival, held at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, is all about exciting — and inspiring — juxtapositions, and this show's conglomerations were no exception. After our SXSW showcase last week that included Dan Deacon, our own Stephen Thompson called the indie rocker/composer "a ringleader for a ludicrously overdriven orgy of sound." Given that description, who better for Deacon to team up with than NOW Ensemble and the Calder Quartet, two heavyweight groups from new music community known for their own vibrant yet serious musical ruckuses?

As part of the Ecstatic Music Festival at New York's Merkin Concert Hall, Deacon led the world premiere of his piece An Opal Toad with Obsidian Eyes, a piece that pulsates with an energy that recalls Terry Riley, Conlon Nancarrow and Steve Reich. Paired with Opal Toad were two other recent works: 2006's evocative Cloudbank, written by NOW Ensemble guitarist Mark Dancigers, as well as 2009's Glitch, with its layered textures of sonic lines for string quartet and electronics, written by Daniel Wohl for the Calder Quartet.

Credit: Audio archive courtesy of Q2 Music and The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

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