The Callithumpian Blog

Titanic Reviews + Left Coast/Avant Gardner

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

Callithumpian Consort performs Gavin Bryar's "Sinking of the Titanic" at ICA

For those of you who missed out on a phenomenal rendition of Gavin Bryars‘s “Sinking of the Titanic”, check out the Flickr set (more pictures coming soon)!

The 8/20 performance – at Boston’s wonderful Institute of Contemporary Art, right on the water – involved surround-sound acousmatic sound, bespoke lighting in blue and sunset hues, both indoor and outdoor choreography, and our own Benjamin Schwartz playing a wirelessly mic’d cello in a small boat at the close of the day.  The weather couldn’t have been better.

Boston Globe correspondent David Weininger writes, “…The performance — spearheaded by the Callithumpian’s intrepid director, Stephen Drury, and expertly guided by sound engineer John Mallia — made shrewd use of its surroundings. But “The Sinking of the Titanic’’ suggests just enough to force you to reimagine the disaster itself, which is why this performance was one not just of postmodern wit but of poignant, even wrenching emotion as well…”  Read the rest of the review here.

Keith Powers, of the Boston Herald, in his review: “…Under director Stephen Drury, Callithumpian has long experimented at the edges of the contemporary repertory with commitment and intuition. This version of the ensemble – Benjamin Schwartz (cello), Jessi Rosinski (flutes), Rane Moore (bass clarinet), Gabriela Diaz (violin, viola) and John Mallia (electronics) – brought this challenging and fascinating piece to life, almost, one could say, up from the ocean floor.”  Read more here.

Classical Voice‘s Phyllis Nordstrom: “…Yet the water was not what made this the perfect venue; this was a museum exhibit – an installation piece. This was so much more than music performed from a boat…”  Click here for the complete review.

Congrats to all!  A special thanks goes out to John Andress for his assistance in putting this together.

Coming up next!  Callithumpian Consort performs on September 16th, 2010 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in a concert aptly titled, Left Coast (as part of the Avant Gardner series).  Program starts at 7:00 p.m. and includes music by Terry Riley, James Tenney, Lou Harrison, and John Luther Adams.  For more performance details/ticketing information, here’s the listing on the Gardner website.

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