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
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door
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Originally published in Next 7 — Vocal events thru 1/18/2012