Posted in music | tour dates on October 7, 2010

by Andrew Frisicano

Magnus Lindberg

New York Philharmonic will be hosting three raucus performances of "Kraft," a piece by their composer-in-residence Magnus Lindberg, on October 7th, 8th and 12th at Avery Fisher Hall. Also on the bill for those nights will be music by Debussy and Sibelius.

As the musicians banged and tapped against all manner of junk, it became clear that these noises are actually small motives of organized sound that will spring to life on stage in a couple of weeks. And not just any stage: the mountains of scrap metal will get their New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall.

Composed in Berlin at a time when aggressive, post-punk bands like Einst├╝rzende Neubauten would fill the stage with equipment rife with smoke and industrial might, Kraft became for Lindberg an attempt to channel that brutality and experimentation into the confines of a post-Sibelius classical world. Part installation, part theater, part surround-sound immersion, the performance envelops its audience with mobile percussion sections stationed around the hall, encroaching on and surrounding the audience, while a huge gong is suspended above the stage. The complex sounds of contemporary, urban life have never been so powerfully rendered. [WQXR]

Tickets for all three are on sale.

Speaking of Einst├╝rzende Neubauten, they have some special shows coming up too.

For more Lindberg soon, Julliard ensemble Axiom will play his piece "Joy" along with Stravinsky's Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Iannis Xenakis' Okho at Peter Jay Sharp Theater on Monday, October 11th. Tickets are free (while they remain) at the box office at Julliard. Axiom also has a performance of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians coming up in December. More info on that is below.

Lindberg recently scavenged through Edkin's Auto Salvage on Staten Island for pieces of scrap metal to be used in the piece. A video of that trip and another clip are below...

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The Philharmonic Searches for Heavy Metal for Magnus Lindberg's Kraft

Magnus Lindberg on "Kraft"

Axiom - 2010 Schedule & Programs
Monday, October 11, 8 PM, Peter Jay Sharp Theater
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
"Magnus Lindberg in Context"
Igor Stravinsky - Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Iannis Xenakis - Okho
Magnus Lindberg - Joy

Thursday, December 9, 8 PM, Alice Tully Hall
Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor
Juilliard Plays Reich
Reich - Triple Quartet
Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

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Comments (3)

Thanks for covering stuff like this BV, for real.

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2010 9:49 AM

Seconded.

Posted by J | October 7, 2010 9:50 AM

as my mother used to say 'what is that racket'? shortly before saying 'clean up your mess after you'

debussy and even better, sibelius never sounded so good.

Posted by Cleaner of Junk | October 7, 2010 9:35 PM

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