Mixing it Up

Contemporary music in the wilds of LA

Don’t let this ensemble fool you: they’re a very vocal group. With composer/performers regularly push the envelope of the expected, challenging the way audiences experience the music, the genre, even the venue. Quite a few of them sing, and include classical-oriented vocals in their new chamber works. wildUp LA is one of the city’s newer contemporary ensembles, building their reputation with solid educational programs and ambitious concert appearances. Under the purview of Christopher Rountree, the 24-member troupe aims to “defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences.”

Saturday evening’s program, ‘Ornithology‘, brings their evocative style to the Armory in Pasadena, and includes new compositions by Mark Menzies, orchestrations of songs by Andrew Bird, as well as avian-related works by Ferneyhough, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Haydn, Kallmyer, and of course, one of classical history’s most famous bird lovers, Olivier Messiaen. Leave your whistles at home: they’ve got it covered.

wild Up LA presents


Saturday, January 14, 8pm

Armory Center for the Arts

145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

Map & DirectionsVenue website

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door

Purchase online

Event Listing   wild Up Website

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Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events thru 1/18/2012

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