Scott Johnson with Contemporaneous
Pioneering composer Scott Johnson joins acclaimed new music ensemble Contemporaneous to present two works for electric band: the world premiere of Assembly Required and the New York premiere of Americans—a work based on the sampled voices of immigrants to the US. Written during the wave of xenophobia in the years following the 9/11 attacks, Americans has been made even more timely by the alarming global rise of nativism and ethnic nationalism. In the words and voices of immigrants from Afghanistan, China, and Romania, Americans explore the experience of people who have risked the unknown in pursuit of a better life. By contrast, Assembly Required is a purely instrumental work, written as a companion piece for the same rock-based ensemble as Americans. But it grows from a very different impulse. It’s a reflection on popular music, and on the sociality that inspires it, the gatherings where it occurs, and the value of the vernacular to “classical” traditions, past and present. Here, Johnson is mining his own experiences and the combination of commonality and personal desires and expectations that the broader culture distills into the familiar sounds that oil the wheels of our sociality.
Doors open at 7:00 PM.
Presented by Roulette Intermedium.