Wire/wire to perform the portrait of the composer by Thomas Meadowcroft
On Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 8:00 p.m., experimental percussion and piano quartet Yarn/Wire will present two world premieres by Australian-born, Berlin-based composer Thomas Meadowcroft at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. Part of Miller Theater’s Composer Portraits series, the program will feature Another Children’s Television and Meadowcroft’s Forward Through Circles, in which the composer draws from an array of influences to create his own unique take on pop songs. Both plays were commissioned by the Miller Theatre.
Another Children’s Television (2021) is an archive of imaginary titles of lost children’s television music from the 1970s. Thomas Meadowcroft says: “On the one hand, these musical blocks of Anglo-American cultural memory induce a melancholy for wasted time, when the daily routine was shaped by free television, and not everything was privatized. On the other hand, to quote Walter Benjamin, “in the trash, children recognize that the face of the world of things is turning to them, and to them alone.”
Meadowcroft’s Forward Through Circles (2021) is inspired, in part, by circular harmonic diagrams and mandalas that appeared at various historical moments in jazz, bebop and free jazz (Bob Graettinger, John Coltrane, Steve Coleman et al) . “Alternatively,” explains the composer, “12 chords in 12 tones are steeped in a 36-chord progression and repeated 3.5 times for the duration of the piece.” Nevertheless, this description is not so relevant: what matters is that the arrow of time creates beautiful puzzles for circular musical concepts.
A cornerstone of Miller Theater’s programming, Composer Portraits (one-night musical profiles) explore in depth the work of a single composer, providing space for contemporary composers and performers to explore, experiment and make meaningful contributions to the field. . For over twenty years, Miller’s seminal series has exposed audiences to the groundbreaking music of today. During the 2021-22 season, the Miller Theater offers an in-depth look at five composers during these evening-long immersions, including the opportunity to hear the composers directly in onstage discussions.
Portraits of composers: Thomas Meadowcroft
Thursday April 21, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
Miller Theater at Columbia University | 2960 Broadway at 116th Street
Tickets: From $20
Thomas Meadowcroft – Another Children’s Television (2021) [World Premiere, Miller Theatre Commission]
Thomas Meadowcroft – Onward Through the Circles (2021) [World Premiere, Miller Theatre Commission]
Sae Hashimoto, percussion
Laura Barger, piano
Russell Greenberg, percussion
Julia Den Boer, piano
Yarn/Wire is a New York-based percussion and piano quartet (Sae Hashimoto and Russell Greenberg, percussion; Laura Barger and Ning Yu, pianos) dedicated to promoting new creative and experimental music. Pianist Julia Den Boer will join as a guest artist for the 2021-2022 season. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “fascinating and thrilling, with precise and meaningful playing”, the ensemble is admired the world over for the energy and precision they bring to performances of the most adventurous compositions of today. Founded in 2005, the ensemble seeks to broaden the representation of composers so that it can begin to better reflect our communities and experience new creative potential.
Yarn/Wire appears internationally at major festivals and venues including Lincoln Center Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra Hall, Rainy Days Festival (Luxembourg), Ultima Festival (Norway), Transit Festival (Belgium), Dublin SoundLab, Monday Night Concerts (Los Angeles), Contempuls Festival (Prague), Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York’s Miller Theater at Columbia University, River-to-River Festival, La MaMa Theatre, Festival of New American Music and London’s Barbican Centre. Their many commissions include works by composers such as Enno Poppe, Michael Gordon, George Lewis, Ann Cleare, Raphaël Cendo, Peter Evans, Alex Mincek, Thomas Meadowcroft, Misato Mochizuki, Tristan Murail, Sam Pluta, Tyondai Braxton, Kate Soper and Øyvind . Torvund. The ensemble benefits from collaborations with genre artists such as Tristan Perich, Ben Vida, Mark Fell, Sufjan Stevens and Pete Swanson.
Through the Yarn/Wire International Institute and Festival and other educational residencies and outreach programs, Yarn/Wire works to promote not only the present but also the future of new music in the United States. Their series of ongoing commissions, Yarn/Wire/Currents, serves as an incubator for new experimental music.
Yarn/Wire has recorded for the WERGO, Northern Spy, Distributed Objects, Black Truffle, Populist and Carrier labels in addition to maintaining their own imprint. For more information, please visit: www.yarnwire.org.
About Thomas Meadowcroft
Thomas Meadowcroft is an Australian freelance composer who makes orchestral and chamber music for the concert hall, as well as music for theater and radio. His work has been described as “achieving an inexpressible purity” (Le Monde), “dreamy post-rock” (The New York Times), “endless, sweet” (Neue Zürcher Zeitung) and “hauntingly beautiful” ( The Sydney Morning Herald). His orchestral music has been performed by the BBC SO, SWR SO and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, among others. He lives in Berlin. www.thomasmeadowcroft.com.
About the Miller Theater
Columbia University’s Miller Theater is New York’s premier outlet for new music and a lifeblood for innovative programming. In partnership with Columbia University School of the Arts, Miller is dedicated to producing and presenting unique events, with an emphasis on contemporary and early music, jazz, opera, and multimedia performance. Founded in 1988, the Miller Theater has helped launch the careers of myriad composers and ensembles over the years, serving as an incubator for emerging artists and a champion for those not yet well known in the States. -United. A four-time recipient of the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, the Miller Theater continues to meet the high expectations of its founders – to present innovative programming, support the development of new work, and connect creative artists with adventurous audiences. .
The mission of the Miller Theater is to develop new audiences; fostering enthusiasm for the arts by creating new approaches to programming; educate the public by presenting specialized programs to a wide audience; discover a diversified repertoire and order new works; and share the intellectual riches of the University with the public. Miller’s commitment to presenting music that is not heard elsewhere makes it a vital part of New York’s cultural landscape. www.millertheatre.com.
Photo Credit: Yarn/Wire (L) by Mark Sommerfeld, Thomas Meadowcroft (R) by Katrin Streicher for Miller Theater