Baryshnikov Arts Center
Daniel Wohl: Holographic
January 21 and 22, 2016 at 8pm
With Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet
Baryshnikov Arts Center | 450 W. 37th St. | NYC
Tickets: $25 at www.bacnyc.org or 866.811.4111
Holographic album to be released January 29, 2016 on New Amsterdam Records
Album and live performance co-commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music, MASS MoCA, and Indianapolis Museum of Art
“An original voice.” – Pitchfork
“Boldly surreal aural experience.” – The New York Times
“[Music that can] transport, unsettle and delight all at once.” – NPR
New York, NY – The Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC) will present the world premiere live performances of Daniel Wohl’s Holographic on Thursday and Friday, January 21 and 22, 2016 at 8pm at BAC’s Jerome Robbins Theater. At BAC, Holographic will be performed by Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet with Daniel Wohl on electronics. Synchronized audio-visuals by Los Angeles-based visual artist Daniel Schwarz will blend with Wohl’s rich electroacoustic creations to bring this spellbinding multimedia work to life. A groundbreaking new model, Holographic is both an album and series of live performances co-commissioned by BAC; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music in St. Paul, MN; MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The album will be released on New Amsterdam Records on January 29, 2016.
Wohl says, “Holographic is about exploring different worlds – improbable combinations of sounds – hidden and imaginary sonic landscapes both acoustic and electronic. By processing or re-sampling more traditional instruments like strings, percussion, or the human voice, I wanted to create music that has a strong link to the past while at the same time being rooted in what I listen to on a daily basis. I was hoping to retain the warmth and inconsistencies of human playing while interfacing with the technologies that are available to all of us.”
The album was co-produced by Wohl with Paul Corley and features contributions from Lucky Dragons, Olga Bell, Caroline Shaw, Bang on Can All-Stars, Mantra Percussion, Mivos Quartet and Iktus Percussion.
The live performance version of Holographic will be developed at MASS MoCA from January 10-16, 2016, prior to the world premiere performances at BAC. Holographic will then tour to Philadelphia’s FringeArts on February 5, the Indianapolis Museum of Art on February 6, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music on February 11, and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles on February 27, 2016.
Daniel Wohl creates music that “blurs the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation and seemingly melt both elements into a greater organic whole (WNYC).” He collaborates with ensembles, artists, filmmakers and choreographers, connecting the endless sonic possibilities of today’s world with his classical compositional background.
Wohl’s first album on New Amsterdam Records in 2013 was Corps Exquis, a multimedia, chamber and electronics project created in conjunction with the TRANSIT new music ensemble and a collective of New York-based video artists. The album, featuring guest appearances by Julia Holter, Aaron Roche and So Percussion, garnered widespread critical acclaim and was voted best album of 2013 by WNYC New Sounds listeners and included in NPR Music’s top 100 songs of 2013.
Wohl’s recent projects include a new work for string quartet and electronics commissioned by the German festival Donaueschinger Musiktage for the Calder Quartet; a new work for MOMA PS1 featuring Caroline Shaw and Olga Bell; performances at the San Francisco Symphony Soundbox series, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW series; a commission from the Bang on a Can All-Stars through their People’s Commissioning Fund; and a score for the surrealist indie film Elixir (a 2015 Berlinale selection).
Wohl has worked with the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, California EAR Unit, New York Youth Symphony, So Percussion, and has collaborated with artists such as Julia Holter, Laurel Halo, and Son Lux. His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Webster Hall, DIA Beacon, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, MASS MoCA, Disney Hall’s REDCAT, the Chelsea Art Museum, MoMA, Arsenal de Metz (France), Warhol Museum, the MATA Festival, San Francisco Symphony (Soundbox), the Bang on a Can Marathon, Berlinale, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Rome Film Festival, River to River, Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Sacrum Profanum (Poland), NordKlang (Switzerland), as well as over media outlets such as NPR, PBS, WQXR, CANAL +, TFI and FRANCE 2. Wohl is also cofounder and co-curator for Sound / Source, an electroacoustic music festival held annually at MOMA PS1. His music is published by Music Sales /G. Schirmer.
The list of commissioning partners for Holographic is ever-growing and currently includes Lonely Leap, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, Alliance Française, McNally Smith College of Music, visual artists Daniel Schwarz and The Propeller Group, and aforementioned commissioning institutions Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music, MASS MoCA, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Indianapolis Museum of Art and The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul.
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