The Look + Listen Festival celebrates contemporary classical music by presenting it in compelling visual art settings. Each concert offers a chance to hear a diverse group of performers and playing pieces by some of today’s finest composers. The performance at BRIC House features critically acclaimed composer Susie Ibarra alongside pianist Alex Peh and 2012 MacArthur Genius Grant winner Claire Chase.
They will present the New York City premiere of the 2018 Look + Listen co-commissioned work, Talking Gong by Susie Ibarra. This chamber work references the four pan gongs called, Gandingan, played in Philippine gong-chime music from Mindanao, Philippines. These gongs and some of their musical patterns were used to communicate from one village to another. This new work plays with these interlocking cyclical rhythms for piano, percussion and flute. It also draws upon the influence of the overtones of the gongs.
The program will also include Claire Chase performing Empty Garlic by 2016 Pulitzer-Prize composer Du Yun, for bass flute and electronics. The work is part of her Density project, which Chase started 22-years ago to commission an entirely new body of repertoire for flute.
The evening will end with the energetic rhythms of taiko master Kaoru Watanabe performing selections from his album Néo alongside Fumi Tanakadate and Alicia Hall Moran. Hosted by composer and pianist, Adam Tendler, this concert takes place in the context of BRIC's Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and their Diaspora, an exhibition of 19 artists investigating the complicated relationship between the Dominican Republic and Haiti—two nations that share a single island.
The Stoop at BRIC House is a public cultural gathering space featuring free, drop-in programming, and offering a place to sit, observe, and participate in multi-disciplinary work.