RESIDENCY Monday, January 23–Friday, January 27, 2017
PERFORMANCE Saturday, January 28 7:30–9:00pm
Daredevil performance duo The Living Earth Show unveils a new commission from "Goth-postpunk-diva" and countertenor,M. Lamar.
Called “a vanguard effort of new chamber music” by the San Francisco Examiner, The Living Earth Show commissions work from the world’s most audacious composers. Pushing the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility, it has commissioned and premiered works by composers including Timo Andres, Raven Chacon, Brian Ferneyhough, Anna Meredith, Samuel Adams, Nicole Lizée, Ken Ueno, and Ted Hearne. Many of these can be heard on the group’s debut album, High Art (Innova Records, 2013), and its upcoming Dance Music (New Amsterdam Records) and TAFT (slashsound).
M. Lamar works across opera, metal, performance, video, sculpture and installation to craft sprawling narratives of radical becoming. Most recently, his work has appeared at MoMa PS1 and at Performance Space 122 in New York City. He is the recipient of a 2016 NYFA Fellowship in Music and Sound and grants from Material Vodka 2016, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation (2015), Harpo Foundation (2014–2015), and Franklin Furnace Fund (2013–14).
This performance is a workshop performance of "Discipline #1," from M. Lamar’s "Lordship and Bondage: The Birth of the Negro Superman.” "Lordship" is written and performed by Lamar in collaboration with The Living Earth Show. With a libretto that draws on Hegel, Nietzsche and Sun Ra, “Lordship and Bondage” synthesizes the Negro spiritual, black and doom metal, and contemporary classical opera to engage African Americans' experiences of enslaved and liberated consciousness.
This performance lasts 1 hour and concludes with a 20-minute post-show discussion.