Listen to Michael Gordon’s ''Gotham,'' a filmic symphony in collaboration with filmmaker Bill Morrison. For this program, these two artists discuss their ongoing collaboration of new music and old decaying silent film prints.
''Gotham,'' brought to life by the team at the Ridge Theatre who put together Gordon’s 2001 multi-media experience ''Decasia,'' is structured along the Decasia model with the city of New York as its subject and star. The live concert version incorporates projections (including an opening sequence with a sheep), re-edited archival film, multi-tiered sets, and musicians who sometimes seem actually to inhabit the projected environment.
Composed for the Concerto Köln—one of today’s most respected Baroque ensembles—"Lost Objects" introduces the concept of an "early-instrument modern orchestra" (as opposed to a modern-instrument orchestra playing early music). The multimedia production features the direction by the celebrated filmmaker Francois Girard. Michael Gordon shares a preview.
'Being a maverick is being able to create something that everyone else acknowledges as being something that they haven't heard before. Where people turn around and say, ''Wow, I haven't heard that before,'' or, ''That's a new idea.'' In a sense, you've created something or done something that's entered the world and is new, which is an amazing thing to do."
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