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Wild Up | darkness sounding | solstice sounding | dusk til dawn

December 21, 2019 4:00 pm - December 22, 2019 7:00 am



We play drones in the dark from sundown to sun-up, during longest night of the year.

The cast of performer-composers includes: trombonist Matt Barbier, cellists Derek Stein and Tal Katz, poet Mandy Kahn, guitarist Chris Kallmyer, violinist Andrew Tholl, guitarist Jiji, vocalists Catherine Brookman and Kathryn Shuman, guitarist Seth Olinsky, saxophonist Marta TiesengaLucky Dragons and oscillatorist Lewis Pesacov.

NOTE on blankets and sleeping bags: please bring blankets, sleeping bags, coats, pillows, other cozy outfit stuff. It’s a cold space, which we’ll be working hard to heat up. You’re welcome to stay all night, and to sleep over etc.

About Chris Rountree, Curator / Performer

We see Lady Macbeth in a dozen crooning silhouettes washing blood out of rags over bright porcelain sinks; see dozens of watermelons fly off of Disney Hall; listen to three minutes of “Le nozze” for twelve hours; and hear the sound of rose-petal jam making as music. Conductor and composer Christopher Rountree, is standing at the intersection of classical music, new music, performance art and pop. Regarded as one of the most iconoclastic conductors in the field, Rountree’s inimitable style has led to collaborations with: Björk, John Adams, Yoko Ono, David Lang, Scott Walker, La Monte Young, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Mica Levi, Alison Knowles, Sigourney Weaver, Tyshawn Sorey, Ragnar Kjartansson, L’Rain, Caroline Shaw, Saul Williams, Ryoji Ikeda, Du Yun, and many of the planet’s greatest orchestras and ensembles including: the San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Opera national de Paris, the Washington National Opera, Los Angeles Opera, and the Martha Graham Dance Company. Rountree is the artistic director and conductor of Wild Up, the ensemble he founded in 2010, and artistic director of an interdisciplinary ambient series in an oak grove in LA, called SILENCE. for more about Chris

About darkness sounding

What is it about the end of the year? It’s dark already, our clocks have jumped. And even in LA nights seem to overtake the days. Pagan and sacred holidays abound: rituals collecting themselves around the darkness. We’re hungry for something new, for something wrapped and warm, yet we search for a newness unbounded by the trappings of the past. In December 2019 and January 2020 Wild Up embarks on a new venture, a series set against the darkest days of the year. We make mindful, joyful and maybe melancholic music, endeavoring to drone sounds of the earth. The sounds of community being drawn together in contemplation.

darkness sounding is made possible through generous support from Ruth Gilliland and Arthur Rieman, and Bill Anawalt.

About Wild Up

Called “a raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant … fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family” by Zachary Woolfe of the New York Times, Wild Up has been lauded as one of classical music’s most exciting groups by virtually every significant institution and critic within earshot. Artistic Director Christopher Rountree started the group in 2010 with a vision of a group of young musicians that rejected outdated traditions and threw classical repertoire into the context of pop culture, new music, and performance art.

In 2019 – 2020, the group celebrates 10 years of bringing people together around the belief that no music is off limits, that classical music concerts can defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences.

Over the past decade the group: accompanied Björk at Goldenvoice’s FYF Fest; premiered David Lang and Mark Dion’s “anatomy theater” at LA Opera; played the scores to “Under the Skin” by Mica Levi and “Punch Drunk Love” by Jon Brion live with the films at L.A.’s Regent Theater and Ace Hotel; premiered a new opera by Julia Holter at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust; premiered a new work of avant-pop icon Scott Walker and celestial loop-maker Juliana Barwick at Walt Disney Concert Hall; played a noise concert as a fanfare for the groundbreaking of Frank Gehry’s new building on Grand Avenue and First Street in downtown L.A.; was nominated for a Grammy for their 2019 Chris Cerrone portrait “The Pieces That Fall to Earth; and held performance and educational residencies at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Colburn School, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, National Sawdust, University of North Carolina, and the Hammer Museum, among others.


December 21, 2019 4:00 pm
December 22, 2019 7:00 am
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