By: Spacelab Research Staff
You gotta love the people that are working to break down barriers and force us to rethink the divisions of how we see the world. No, I'm not talking about Barack Obama, but rather the Wordless Music Series, which pairs up musicians from genres like indie rock, free jazz, and electronic music with unlikely mates like a full orchestra. The result ... something much better than symphonic Pink Floyd, I can guarantee you that ...
And the 2008 series looks stellar. Imagine Deerhoof with the Metropolis Ensemble performing Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. Times New Viking with ACME doing up selections from the string quartets of Jefferson Friedman at the Whitney Museum. Prefuse 73 and ACME slicing up Chen Yi's Sound of Five as a string quintet, as well as Kevin Volans' She Who Sleeps, for solo percussion; also at the Whitney.
And it's all free. Not in New York? No worries, you can still listen over the web, courtesy of New York Public Radio.
There's still another summer event yet to be named. "Please, let it be My Bloody Valentine and the New York Philharmonic doing Loveless in the Holland Tunnel, or something," said Pitchfork in a recent article about the series.
Other names from the upcoming schedule include A Sunny Day in Glasgow, The Berg Sans Nipple, Stars of the Lid, itsnotyouitsme, and Eluvium. Even the 2007 schedule was amazing, like Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead performing Popcorn Superhet Receiver.