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BAM Next Wave 2009

BAM has announced the schedule for the Next Wave Festival 2009, a series of fourteen new music, theater and dance pieces that'll run from September 15th to December 19th.

The lineup includes a number of awesome-looking BAM commissions and premieres.

Deal SistersBryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner of The National (and Dark Was the Night fame) and Matthew Ritchie have put together a piece called The Long Count, to feature Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond, Decemberists) and Matt Berninger (The National) on vocals (Oct 28th-31st).

Imaginary City, a new 70-minute work by So Percussion, will be accompanied by video and take inspiration from the Italo Calvino novel of the same name (Oct 14th--17th). Meredith Monk will compose and perform in Songs of Ascension alongside her vocal ensemble and the Todd Reynolds String Quartet (Oct 21st--25th). (As a side note -- Reynolds and Monk both appeared, separately, at the Bang on a Can benefits at LPR on June 3rd.)

The program features a concert staging of the Philip Glass opera Kepler (Nov 18th, 20th, 21st). And, maybe in time for the first snow (...) a performance by DJ Spooky and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) of Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, a piece "based around DJ Spooky's sound recordings in the Antarctic that explore the acoustic qualities of ice" (Dec 2, 4 & 5).

Most of the programs above will have an "Artist Talk" companion program, free to those with tickets to the event.

There's a couple ways to get tickets to the series. Friends of BAM will get the first stab at subscription packages, which let you pick a combo of shows to attend, on Monday, June 15th. Subscriptions for the general public go on sale Monday, June 22nd. Single ticket sales for Next Wave Festival starts Tuesday, September 8th (Aug 31st for Friends of BAM).

Full music lineup below...

Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie
Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie

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Imaginary City

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 14--17 at 7:30pm

Written and performed by So- Percussion

"The range of colors and voices that So- Percussion coaxes from its menagerie is astonishing and entrancing." --Billboard Magazine

In even the most forgotten corners and forsaken shadows, the city seethes with life, splayed out in a symphony of sensations. In Imaginary City, New York's powerhouse percussion ensemble So- Percussion immerses itself in everyday urban experiences, offering a multifaceted meditation on American cities.

Inspired by Italo Calvino's ebullient descriptions of urban environments in his novel Invisible Cities, the four members of So- Percussion--all extraordinary musicians and composers--join video artist Jenise Treuting and director Rinde Eckert to give voice to the evanescent beauty of the metropolis. Homespun sampling techniques harmonize with found objects cum instruments, illuminating the patterns of urban life and turning the concrete jungle into a cauldron of sensory experience.

BAM Harvey Theater
70min, no intermission
Tickets: $20, 30, 35

Video by Jenise Treuting
Directed by Rinde Eckert
Lighting design by Aaron Copp
Sound design by Lawson White

Commisioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival

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Artist Talk with So- Percussion

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 15, post-show

Brooklyn-based quartet So- Percussion recaptures the evanescent beauty of urban landscapes with Imaginary City, created with video artist Jenise Treuting and director Rinde Eckert. Hear them discuss their multifaceted meditation on the American metropolis, inspired in part by Italo Calvino's mesmerizing imagery in Invisible Cities.

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Songs of Ascension

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 21--24 at 7:30pm
Oct 25 at 3pm

Meredith Monk and Ann Hamilton
Featuring Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble and The Todd Reynolds String Quartet

"Monk's music retains its seductive buoyancy...[and her] choreographic palette is arresting." --The New York Times

From the Buddhist path of enlightenment to Jacob's ladder to heaven, the theme of spiritual attainment through ascent permeates the global unconscious. In Songs of Ascension, multidisciplinary artist Meredith Monk (last at BAM with impermanence, 2006 Next Wave Festival) embraces this universal notion, creating a sanctuary of music, movement, and video rooted in her evocative vocal style.

Inspired in part by sky-bound structures, Monk, together with video artist Ann Hamilton (mercy, 2002 Next Wave Festival), transforms the BAM Harvey Theater into a resonant spiritual chamber, using voice, strings, reeds, and percussion to envelop the audience in contemplative sound. Performers lend body to buoyant spirit as gossamer-like video projections flicker on the walls, sending the collective soul upwards on mellifluous currents of song.

BAM Harvey Theater
65min, no intermission
Tickets: $20, 35, 50

Developed in collaboration with:
Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Ching Gonzalez, Meredith Monk, Bruce Rameker, Allison Sniffin

Music by Meredith Monk
Video design by Ann Hamilton
Lighting design by Elaine Buckholtz
Costume design by Yoshio Yabara
Additional costumes by Gary Graham
Sound design by Jody Elff

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Artist Talk with Meredith Monk

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 22, post-show

A pioneer in interdisciplinary performance, Meredith Monk (last at BAM with impermanence, 2006 Next Wave Festival) returns for a new collaboration with video artist Ann Hamilton (mercy, BAM 2002 Next Wave Festival). Following the performance of Songs of Ascension--a work exploring the theme of spiritual rising and religious enlightenment--Monk will give audiences insight into her processes and practices.

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The Long Count

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 28, 30 & 31 at 8pm

Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie

In an inspired collision of creative worlds, three inexhaustibly original artists--brothers Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner of indie rock royalty The National and omnivorous visual art phenomenon Matthew Ritchie--combine talents to create a song-filled myth about the beginning of time. A feast of images, instrumentals, and songs thick with primordial mystery, The Long Count pairs Ritchie's protean forms with a twelve-piece orchestra and the Dessners' gothic mix of electric and orchestral sounds.

Guest vocalists Kim and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (The National) round out the line-up in this visionary collaboration between music and art.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
70min, no intermission
Tickets: $20, 25, 35, 45

Music director Rob Moose
Audio design by David Sheppard
Costume design by Rabia T.

Vocalists - Kim and Kelley Deal, Shara Worden, and Matt Berninger

Commissioned by BAM for the 2009 Next Wave Festival

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Artist Talk with Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, and Matthew Ritchie

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Oct 31 at 6pm

Brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner of international indie rock fame The National, and British-born visual artist Matthew Ritchie, known for his kaleidoscopic, cosmological projects, have come together to introduce The Long Count. Their new collaboration will lend itself to a discussion on music, art, and genesis.

Hillman Attic Studio
$8; $4 for Friends of BAM

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Kepler

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Nov 18, 20 & 21 at 7:30pm

An Opera by Philip Glass
Libretto by Martina Winkel
Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Conducted by Dennis Russell Davies

Note: This is a concert staging

"...one of the most influential--and controversial--contemporary composers... the founding father of minimalism." --The Guardian (UK)

Regarded as one of the most important composers of our time, minimalist pioneer Philip Glass continues to enthrall audiences around the world with his ever-evolving operas, orchestral works, and film scores. With Kepler, Glass pushes into the sonic and celestial beyond in a concert version of his opera about Johannes Kepler (1571--1630), a founding father of modern science who discovered the laws of planetary motion.

Spacious, elemental, and imbued with wonder, Glass' hypnotic score becomes the sound of the cosmos as we witness Kepler struggling to reconcile scientific discovery with the divine. Celebrated conductor Dennis Russell Davies and Bruckner Orchestra Linz support a stellar cast and 42-member chorus drawn from the Upper Austrian State Theatre, Linz, in this illuminating portrait of science at the dawn of our modern age.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Approx 150min with intermission
Tickets: $20, 40, 65
In German and Latin with English titles

Featuring soloists and choir of the Upper Austrian State Theatre, Linz

Commissiond by Upper Austrian State Theatre, Linz, and by Linz09, Cultural Capital of Europe.

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Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica

Part of the 2009 Next Wave Festival

Dec 2, 4 & 5 at 7:30pm

Conceived and Composed by DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid/Paul D. Miller

"Arguably no one is more responsible for propagating and embodying the idea of the deejay as 'artist' than DJ Spooky..." --Chicago Tribune

Hip-hop savant cum shrewd cultural critic, the tireless DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid/Paul D. Miller has always kept one ear to deftly-crafted sound and the other to social concerns. In Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica, he heeds the call of a rapidly changing continent by letting it finally speak for itself.

Based around DJ Spooky's sound recordings in the Antarctic that explore the acoustic qualities of ice, Terra Nova allows us to encounter the climate crisis with unprecedented intimacy, giving voice to the groaning landscape as it undergoes irrevocable change. Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform live with DJ Spooky's hip-hop and sample-infused soundscape to create a riveting electronic symphony as live video projections reconstruct Antarctica--the real and the imagined--in this acoustic portrait of our embattled Earth.

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
70min, no intermission
Tickets: $20, 30, 40

Performed by DJ Spooky and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

Visual design by A.J. Weissbard
Images research and video editing by V-Factory

Commissioned by - BAM / 2009 Next Wave Festival, Change Performing Arts, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Hopkins Center / Dartmouth College, UCSB Arts & Lectures, Spoleto 51 / Festival dei 2 Mondi

Produced by Change Performing Arts with Music+Art Management Executive Production - CRT Artificio

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BAM General Information and Directions

BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, BAM Rose Cinemas, BAMcafé, and Brownstone Books at BAM are located in the Peter Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place) in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. BAM Harvey Theater is located two blocks from the main building t 651 Fulton Street (between Ashland and Rockwell Places). BAM Rose Cinemas is Brooklyn's only movie house
dedicated to first-run independent and foreign film and repertory programming. BAMcafé, operated by Great Performances, is open for dining prior to Howard Gilman Opera House performances. BAMcafé also features an eclectic mix of spoken word and live music for BAMcafé Live on Friday and Saturday nights with a special BAMcafé Live menu available starting at 8pm.
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Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue; D, M, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue
Train: Long Island Railroad to Flatbush Avenue
Bus: B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of BAM
Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAM
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