American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its 39th season with Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind led by ACO Music Director George Manahan on Friday, April 1, 2016 at 7:30pm at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall. The concert, which includes three world premieres, features music by young composers inspired by Middle Eastern and Indian culture – Saad Haddad, a first generation Arab-American composer from Los Angeles; Reena Esmail, who is Indian-American; Turkish-American composer Mehmet Ali Sanlikol (who will also perform as a soloist with the orchestra on the ud); Iranian-American composer Gity Razaz; plus Matthias Pintscher's songs from Solomon's garden featuring baritone Steven LaBrie.
Saad Haddad’s Manarah (“beacon” in Arabic), commissioned by ACO, is scored for two digitally processed antiphonal trumpets and orchestra, and borrows from the performance practices of Arabic musicians, particularly Egyptian singer Oum Kalthoum. Harabat – The Intoxicated by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol was co-commissioned by ACO and Carnegie Hall, and features the composer singing and playing the ud. The piece is inspired by the classical Ottoman/Turkish music tradition and features a poem by a late 19th/early 20th century Sufi dervish. Reena Esmail’s Avartan, also commissioned by ACO, is inspired by the “avartan,” a rhythmic cycle featured in Hindustani music and is paired with video by Neeraj Jain. Gity Razaz’s The Metamorphosis of Narcissus explores the internal/psychological stage of Narcissus' metamorphosis and incorporates Razaz’ interest in the improvisational styles of sound artists Beth Custer and Kammerflimmer Kollectief. Matthias Pintscher’s songs from Solomon’s garden is based around the Biblical Song of Songs, and draws on the Hebrew language for rhythmic patterns and gestures.
Tickets for Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind are available here.