Bryce Dessner: "Music for Wood and Strings"
CD/ LP / Download
Released May 19, 2015
From December 19-22, we will be performing at the Harvey Theater in Brooklyn on BAM's Next Wave Festival.
We made a little trailer video from the MInneapolis premiere at the Walker Art Center.
Where (we) Live is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by The Myrna Loy Center for the Performing and Media Arts in partnership with Vermont Performance Lab, Walker Arts Center and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: npnweb.org
Thanks to the generosity of our friends and donors, our Where (we) Live project is off to an exciting start! On Tuesday, September 25, the full-length album is released to the world on Cantaloupe Music.
That whole week, we'll be in workshops in Minneapolis. On Friday and Saturday the 28-29, the world premiere happens at the Walker Art Center.
This spring, between tours, we’ve been holed up in our studio and at Vermont Performance Lab in Guilford, VT hashing out new tunes for our next big show Where (we) Live and we need your help to bring the piece to completion.
Visit our project page, watch the video (created by So Percussion's Eric Beach!), and learn more about the project. The trick about Kickstarter is that we have to reach our goal in order to get funded at all! Every dollar really does help, so give what you can so that we can count you as part of our Where (we) Live community.
We are so excited to embark on this adventure with our friends at Cantaloupe Music. Become a backer in the early days of the Kickstarter project and Cantaloupe will include your name in the liner notes for the new record! Lots of other great rewards to that we hope to be able to share with you.
With your 100% tax-deductible donation we can close the funding gap and bring more new original music by So Percussion into the world. Where (we) Live premieres at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in September and heads to BAM’s 30th Next Wave Festival 2012 in December. We hope that you’ll help us bring Where (we) Live to life, from our home to you!
All our best,
While you're considering it, here's a Preview Track to enjoy!
Where do we live?
For eight years, So Percussion has made our home in Brooklyn amid two million five hundred thousand others. In our city, each of the group’s four members has constructed a personal ecosystem we call home. These homes are bound by space, time, sound and image. Equally, these spaces house rewarding, frustrating, supporting, damaging, tangible and never understood relationships.
When we leave those homes, our four members unite to create another artistic home, with its own unspoken rules and expectations; its own rhythm of interaction, its own banalities and mystery.
Where (we) Live questions all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to “come on over.” We’ve asked video artists, songwriters, painters, choreographers, directors and others to substantively alter our process. The resulting performance contains a society of possibilities: composed pieces, chance elements, visual associations, and theatrical interactions.
Grey McMurray is a songwriter/guitarist. He has written a series of songs about our homes. So has worked extensively with Grey to on these compositions which will be featured on an upcoming Cantaloupe Music release. He will be performing with us onstage at each show.
Martin Schmidt is a video artist. His videos heighten our focus on ordinary elements, bringing us into different homes framing the un-noticed. These videos are projected throughout on rough found surfaces, scaled to a modest life size.
Emily Johnson is a choreographer. She will dictate secret instructions to the performers via an onstage assistant. These instructions will differ at every performance generated in response to the moment with the power to alter.
Ain Gordon is a writer/director. He functions as a dramaturg and director, a fifth voice in Sō Percussion’s decision-making process, threading the project’s purposefully diverse elements and desired resulting chaos into a portrait of something that cannot actually be “seen,” home.
A guest artist in each town will collaborate with us in a short residency. We are looking for people who are good at what they do -be it a musician, writer, visual artist, or some other kind of performer - discovered with the help of the presenter in each location. We welcome the unusual dialogue of the unexpected in these more immediate interactions, giving ourselves only one day in person to rehearse with and get to know this individual. Our hope is to harness the power of new friendships and impending performance to spawn a different type of creativity.
Scheduled Performances, Fall 2012:
September 28th and 29th - Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN *premiere
October 4th - Myrna Loy Center, Helena, MT
October 5th - Billings, MT
December 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd - BAM's 30th Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY