“It is hard to describe what makes a composer’s voice authentic. But you know it when you hear it. Nico Muhly has a voice, a Muhly sound.” —The New York Times
Nico Muhly stands at the vanguard of the contemporary classical scene, a sought-after collaborator with new works being commissioned, premiered and performed regularly. This three-part performance is a unique mix of Muhly’s inspirations; Philip Glass, Gamelan music, drones and noise.
First is a collaboration with Thomas Bartlett, returning as a vocalist and on piano after a performance in April with The Gloaming. Bartlett co-wrote with Muhly a set of songs inspired by two-piano transcriptions of gamelan music, crossing downtempo and intimate song writing. Second, Muhly’s new arrangements of select gems from over 40 years of Philip Glass music; and finally, a cycle of his drone-based compositions for violin, viola and piano, which he describes as “both severe and lyrical.”
For the dive into Phillip Glass’ catalogue, Muhly reimagines some of Glass’ lesser-known works and will be accompanied by his close friends and collaborators including CAP alum Nadia Sirota on the viola and Caroline Shaw on vocals and violin. Additional ensemble members include Alex Sopp (Flute), Lisa Kaplan (Piano), Lisa Liu (Violin), Patrick Belaga (Cello), Wade Culbreath (Percussion), and a special guest.
Muhly has performed several times in Los Angeles including with Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister for their collaborative project Planetariuim, and his work has been performed by the LA Phil, LA Master Chorale and with L.A. Dance Project, yet this is his first performance for CAP UCLA. For Archives, Friends, Patterns, audiences of The Theatre at Ace Hotel will have the rare opportunity to experience Muhly and a select group of exceptional musicians from across the country for a virtuosic evening of music curated especially for CAP UCLA.
Funds provided by the Henry Mancini Tribute Fund and AVK Arts.
Photo Credit: Ana Cuba