The Eclectic Laboratory Chamber Orchestra (E.L.C.O.) presents Cross-Play: a concert that will make your toes tap and your head spin–sometimes all at once. Here, drums become drones and drones become melodies. Dance beats fuse themselves to the harmony of the spheres, finding expression in the mad acrobatics of musical virtuosity. With a program spanning from the Middle Ages to now, Cross-Play celebrates the intelligence of dance music and the physicality of the avant-garde.
Come hear the Pittsburgh debut of Ken Ueno’s landmark piece, written for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project in 2008, and already a classic of 21st century composition. Expect vocal overtones, subtones, throat-singing, and more, when Ken himself takes on the stage accompanied by Alia Musica’s 35-strong orchestra.
The performance is part of “A Year with Ken Ueno”, Alia Musica’s 2015-16 residence with the renowned California composer, vocalist, and improvisor. The residency is supported by a grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.
– Federico Garcia-De Castro: Contrepoint, for strings (10 min)
– Ken Ueno: a talk and introduction to vocal techniques and composition in On a Sufficient Condition… (20 min)
(brief set-up intermission)
– Ken Ueno: On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis. Concerto for overtone singer and orchestra (20 min)
Performed by Alia Musica’s orchestra, conducted by Federico Garcia-De Castro. Ken Ueno, overtone singing.