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Après L’Histoire’s EARTHBOUND at Constellation
June 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Eliza Brown & Stephen Collis – Thirteen Trees (world premiere)
Pauline Oliveros – Earth Ears
Felix Mendelssohn & William Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream (abridged)
To celebrate the centennial anniversary of Igor Stravinsky & C.F. Ramuz’s “L’Histoire du soldat,” Après L’Histoire is commissioning three new works for septet plus narrator, including Eliza Brown’s “Thirteen Trees.” Brown’s music will reflect on the poem Thirteen Trees by Stephen Collis, a British Columbia-based poet whose collection “Once in Blockadia” illustrates experiences incurred during protests of a proposed pipeline route in British Columbia. In 2014, protestors were successful in deterring the Houston-based pipeline company Kinder Morgan from building a pipline to carry oil from Alberta to the Pacific Ocean. At the time, the project was sideliend when Kinder Morgan was unsuccessful in pursuing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Collis and other local residents. However, construction activity has returned to the Burnaby Mountain site in recent months, backed by the Canadian federal government. The fate of the pipeline expansion remains uncertain as indigenous groups, environmentalists, and the B.C. provincial government remain opposed.
Collis’ poem describes many of the site’s images and sounds, exposing the complex networks among wildlife, humans, nature, industry, and capital. Eliza Brown’s music, interspersed with Collis’ poetry, will draw upon field recordings collected by Brown at Burnaby Mountain. Orchestrations of the recorded landscape will be embeded within Brown’s nuanced musical world, described as “…delicate, haunting, introspective…” by Symphony Magazine.
Addtional works slated for Après L’Histoire’s June 3 performance will further the exploration of natural states of being, and of human actions amidst such environments. Pauline Oliveros is a composer renowned for her acute attention to sonic environments, having designed practices of composition and performance that challenge musicians to listen intently to one another, and to their surroundings, leading to contextual and unique performance experiences.
As with the newer works on the program, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream explores the pitfalls of meddling with natural order, albeit within the realm of love.
Jenna Lyle (actor, soprano), Chris Wild (conductor), Danielle Ray (violin), Adam Attard (bass), Conner Ray (clarinet), Nick Ober (bassoon), Andrew Lennox (trumpet), Sean Holly (trombone), Josh Graham (percussion)