Friday, December 6, 2013

New Amsterdam link brings some cutting-edge music to town under ISO auspices

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra's partnership with the forward-looking artist-services organization and record label New Amsterdam will continue to bear fruit just after the turn of the year.

Through New Amsterdam, ISO will present vocalist-composer Juliana Barwick and the sextet yMusic in concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 27 at Hilbert Circle Theatre. The orchestra does not play in this program.

The ensemble yMusic cultivates new repertoire for rare combination.
Barwick is a specialist in looped vocal compositions and has collaborated with Sigur Ros and children's choirs in Spain and Poland, among others.

The six instrumentalists in yMusic (string trio, clarinet, flute, trumpet) have helped to generate new works from Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), Ryan Lott (Son Lux) and other young  composers. Its debut album, "Beautiful Mechanical," has garnered favorable critical attention. I can certainly recommend further acquaintance with the sextet's music based on the excerpts I listened to here.

Also performing will be vocalist Kristin Newborn and the Indianapolis Children's Choir in Caroline Shaw's "From Rivers," composed for the opening of the new Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

For more information about the Jan. 27 concert, call the ISO box office at (317) 639-4300 or go online here.