31st May | 7.30pm | Secret Hoxton venue
Ancient and modern battles are fought, fired by beliefs about right and wrong, good and evil and a search for light. George Crumb’s Black Angels, written against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, is a complex drama interwoven with numerology, the politics of war and the eternal conflict of the idea of god and the devil. As this conflict is played out through the piece itself and through a world premiere response to it by Tom Green, around it dances the eerie and sparkling light of the Aureole Effect by William Dougherty and the dark and enigmatic world premiere of Music for Ravens by Anna Meredith. The fight for enlightenment continues with Wadada Leo Smith’s Black Church - rooted in the struggle for African-American US civil rights and another work born out of the cultural maelstrom of the 1970s. Finally there is some peace and a chance to reflect through the simple act of breathing in Ji Sun Yang’s Les Accordeons V. The journey is brought to life through the virtuoso talents of new music specialists the Ligeti Quartet, continuing a creative collaboration with New Dots.
With the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland this year, we're working with Octandre to create a programme inspired by Alice. 3 emerging composers: Kim Ashton, Darren Bloom and Lisa Illean will be curating the evening which will include new works as well as existing repertoire - all designed to evoke and respond to themes and ideas in Lewis Carroll’s classic fantasy. Expect surprises, tangents and curious encounters…
The concert will be in November
More than just music
At every New Dots event you can stay to discuss what you've heard over a drink with the composers and performers, or just relax with friends in the bar