Retrace the patterns of dreams with a night of music inspired by the writings of James Joyce.
Amidst a program ranging from Arvo Pärt’s mystical minimalism to Ruth Crawford Seeger’s grittily angular music, Sound of Late unveils the world premiere of Book of the Dark by American composer Alan Shockley. Gather your friends, grab a drink, and wander through a landscape of sound that feels at once wildly fresh and invitingly familiar.
What to Expect:
- An approximately one-hour, casual show with no intermission.
- Doors open at 7:30pm. Arrive early to enjoy a free drink from our open bar.
- Stay late to talk with the artists after the concert.
Seating is general admission and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day-of-show. $5 student rush tickets are available at the door with valid ID.
RUTH CRAWFORD SEEGER: Diaphonic Suite No. 1
Ruth Crawford’s Diaphonic Suite for solo flute is a desultory rumination on the serial process. Always bold, and at times melodic and singing, this soliloquy stands as the athletic and energetic statement that sparked the composer’s New York phase.
ADRIANA VERDIÉ: Confluencia
ARVO PÄRT: Summa
Originally set for choir to the Christian Credo, Pärt’s Summa has been arranged for any number of instruments. The piece’s vocal origins are clearly heard in the phrasing and cadence of the moving instrumental lines of the clarinet, violin, viola, and cello. Pärt’s emotive music is at once stark and lush, soaring and emotive, with harmonies that rend musical space.
ALEXANDER MILLER: Short Stanzas
ALAN SHOCKLEY: Book of the Dark (World Premiere)
Composed for and commissioned by Sound of Late, Alan Shockley’s Book of the Dark is scored for flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and double bass. The music is filled with haunting chordal snippets and passages that seem like wisps of dreams, with instrumental textures that range from gauzy to windswept and wild. With multilayered reference to Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, John Dowland’s Lachrimae, as well as occult numerology and other symbolic texts, the Book of the Dark provides a focal point for this evening’s dive into the introspective and iterative qualities of art.Listen to Playlist
BRYCE C. CASTER
ZOË KOHEN LEY