Sacred / Profane : Pisaro and Machaut at Monday Evening Concerts

  • Zipper Hall - Colburn School 200 South Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90012 United States

Michael PISARO: When I Hear Light (2016)  World Premiere  
Guillame de MACHAUTLa Messe de Nostre Dame
Guillaume de MACHAUTQuant j'ay l'espart
Michael PISARO: Asleep, Desert, Choir, Agnes (2016)  West Coast Premiere

Michael Pisaro, electric guitar
Greg Stuart, percussion
Dogstar Orchestra

Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs.  In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillame de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers' works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between  these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.

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