'Future Shock' featuring William Brittelle, Clarice Jensen and Nadia Sirota

Jan. 21 • Contemporary Arts Center

click to enlarge William Brittelle
William Brittelle

Fans who love the music presented at the MusicNOW festival (the annual local event organized by Bryce Dessner of The National) will want to be at the CAC this weekend for a special night of “electro-acoustic Chamber music” by a trio of notable musicians — cellist Clarice Jensen, violist Nadia Sirota and William Brittelle on electronics. In fact, Jensen and Sirota are alumni of MusicNOW (which returns March 29-April 1 with eighth blackbird and others TBA), having performed with their ensemble yMusic last year at the fest.

Brittelle is an acclaimed composer from Brooklyn whose primary “musical mentors,” according to his bio, are Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici, influential guitarist Richard Lloyd of Punk pioneers Television and Dizzy Gillespie pianist Mike Longo. That gives you a good sense of his musical philosophy, as does his most recent album, Television Landscape (2010), self-described as a “post-apocalyptic Art Rock concept album scored for orchestra, Rock band, synths and children’s choir.”

For the CAC “Future Shock” sessions, the trio will perform works by contemporary writers Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli and Judd Greenstein, as well as a new piece written by Brittelle. They will also perform selections from Loving the Chambered Nautilus, Brittelle’s forthcoming album which features Sirota and Jensen (playing the parts Brittelle wrote with them specifically in mind) and comes out in May on New Amsterdam Records, founded by Brittelle as an offshoot of New Amsterdam Presents, his “artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres.” In other words, it’s a promotional group aimed at promoting new and adventurous music, like the kind the three musicians will be making at the CAC Saturday.


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