To conclude its 2015-16 season, NakedEye explores the idea of memory and nostalgia in works by seven of today’s culture-defining composers. We travel into the worlds of folk music, Puccini, Cole Porter, David Foster Wallace, rock ’n’ roll and the Modernists, and the atom bomb through the lens of NY-based composers Judd Greenstein, Randall Woolf, Jude Traxler, Texas-based Ethan Wickman, Australian Erik Griswold, and rock guitarist Frank Zappa, one of the first musicians to bridge the gap between “pop” and “serious” music, helping artists in the 21st century like Bryce Dessner (The Nationals) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco) venture “outside their established styles” and write for contemporary classical ensembles. NakedEye once again brings its signature cross-genre style to Lancaster New Sounds, inviting you not to sit back and relax, but to lean forward and listen!
Judd Greenstein: Sing Along (2006)
Randall Woolf: Everything is Green (2003)
Ethan Wickman: Atomic Variations (2006)
Jude Traxler: Little Did We Know (2014, world premiere)
Erik Griswold: Gossamer Wings (2013)
Frank Zappa: Sinister Footwear (1984, arr. 2015 Mike Bitts)