Sun February 10th, 2013
Minimum Age: All Ages
Doors Open: 6:30PM
Show Time: 7:30PM
Event Ticket: $13
Day of Show: $15
free for members
Billband: “Towards Daybreak” album release concert
All-star octet plays music of Bill Ryan
Composer Bill Ryan is known to many as the force behind the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the student group that gained widespread praise for recordings of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians (2007) and Terry Riley’s In C with remixes (2009). With Towards Daybreak, the sophomore release from Ryan’s ensemble Billband, the focus turns back to his own work. Out Tuesday January 29 on Innova Recordings, the CD is by turns contemplative, roiling, elegaic, and aggressive – a reflection of experiences in Ryan’s life, from the birth of a child to the loss of his parents. His post-minimalist musical language is personal and expressive, poised on a knife edge between lushness and reticence. It is a music that reveals itself gradually, working its way deeper with each listen.
Individually, Billband members have an astonishing list of performing credits, including working with Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Blue Man Group, So Percussion, and the Steve Reich Ensemble, among others. And as a collection, they take no prisoners.
Bill Ryan, composer
Ashley Bathgate, cello
Vicky Chow, piano
David Cossin, percussion
Michael Lowenstern, bass clarinet
Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello
Jonathon Nichol, saxophone
Doug Perkins, percussion
Todd Reynolds, violin
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This event will be streamed live online through LPR’s streaming channel, beginning at 7:30pm.
American cellist Ashley Bathgate has been described as an “eloquent new music interpreter”(New York Times) and “a glorious cellist”(The Washington Post) who combines “bittersweet lyricism along with ferocious chops”(New York Magazine). Her “impish ferocity”, “rich tone” and “imaginative phrasing” (New York Times) have made her one of the most sought after performers of her time. The desire to create a dynamic energy exchange with her audience and build upon the ensuing chemistry is a pillar of Bathgate’s philosophy as a performer. Her affinity to dynamism drives Bathgate to venture into previously uncharted areas of ground-breaking sounds and techniques, breaking the mold of a cello’s traditionally perceived voice. In 2014 Bathgate premiered a new Cello Concerto by Australian composer Kate Moore with the ASKO|Schönberg ensemble at the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, NL. She subsequently recorded an album of Moore’s solo cello works which was released in 2016 on Cantaloupe Music. In 2015 she gave the world premiere of What Moves You, a collaborative performance project with jookin’ dance sensation Lil Buck at the Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, NC. Most recently, Bathgate commissioned the composer collective Sleeping Giant, to write her a six- movement suite for solo cello entitled “ASH”, which was premiered this past January in NYC. Her recorded work can be found on Albany Records, Cantaloupe Music, Innova Recordings, La-La Land Records, Naxos, Nonesuch, Starkland and Uffda Records.