Thursday, July 11, 2013

Inaugural New Music in Bryant Park Show Stars FFEAR

This Friday, July 12, Bryant Park presents the inaugural edition of New Music in Bryant Park. This series, showcasing works commissioned by Chamber Music America, brings jazz and classical-contemporary ensembles to the park's Upper Terrace for eight consecutive Friday evenings, starting at 6pm. 

“Supporting the creation of new work has been a hallmark of Chamber Music America for over 30 years,” said Margaret M. Lioi, CEO of Chamber Music America. “We are thrilled to partner with Bryant Park to showcase eight of our accomplished grantees in one of New York City’s most iconic locations, and look forward to introducing these wonderful compositions to New York City audiences.”

New Music in Bryant Park's first evening features FFEAR, the Forum for Electro-Acoustic Research. The four-piece jazz ensemble will play its Chamber Music America commission, entitled Mirage. The work is a five-part journey from the familiar toward an illusion. "Haze" starts out briskly and optimistically, then enters troubled waters. The short "Shimmer" is a hallucination. As "Shapes" and "Scenes" develop, the seeds grow quickly and the music becomes dense. Each player has his own tempo and meter, locking together at points along the way. In the fifth movement, we return to shore, changed by the journey.

FFEAR will play several other original pieces that take inspiration from diverse sources: from the trombonist's stroll through an ancient market in Ishafan, Iran, a message found inside a discarded fortune cookie, and a book by astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

Don't miss the opportunity to go on a funky, visceral, and emotional journey with FFEAR this Friday!

FFEAR performs its commissioned piece, Mirage
New Music in Bryant Park featuring FFEAR
Friday, July 12
Upper Terrace

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