New Music New Haven presents new music by five Yale faculty composers Mar. 28

Featuring the works of Lang, Bresnick, Vees, Marshall and Lash

Martin Bresnick

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The concert features new music by five faculty composers: Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Ingram Marshall, and Jack Vees.

David Lang‘s “Orpheus Over and Under,” for two pianos, is an exploration of Minimalism informed by Lang’s rock, modernist, and conceptualist influences. Dedicated to Lang’s mother, the poignant piece is about the experience of loss.

Pianist Lisa Moore will peform Martin Bresnick‘s “Ishi’s Song,” written in 2012. The piece is based on “The Maidu Doctor’s Song,” a Native American melody transcribed from a recording of a man named Ishi. Ishi was the last surviving Yahi Indian of northern California, a group that perished in the late nineteenth century.

With his Piano Trio (“Hulk Smash!”), written for three pianists on two pianos, Jack Vees offers a musical exploration of irony. The piece begins with “smashing” chords but proceeds to construct both rhythmic drive and melodic themes from the raw materials of chaos.

Ingram Marshall’s “Baghdad Blues,” for oboe and electronics, was inspired by Indonesian musical scales. The piece, which will be performed by oboist Libby Van Cleve, incorporates a melody by Munir Bashir, an Iraqi virtuoso of the Arab lute.

The concert concludes with Hannah Lash’s “Violations: The Loading Dock Project,” a 35-minute piece for three singers, two pianists, percussion, and electronics. The inspiration for the piece came from the theft of Lash’s laptop, wallet, and iPod at a music festival in 2010. The libretto explores the complex relationship between thief and victim. Lash told Harvard Magazine that the piece is about “…recognizing the intense fallibility behind what we think of as evil.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit


Published March 7, 2013
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