Liquid Music: the 2015-16 Slate

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series has announced the schedule for its fourth, 2015-16 season. This slate of new music is a partnership with local and national artistic organizations, including the Walker Art Center, the Guthrie Theater, and the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. It aims to broaden the definition of classical music by bringing together artists and musicians from various genres to create and premiere new works in various locations throughout the Twin Cities.

The upcoming season will feature collaborations between indie-rock group Wye Oak with composer William Brittelle and violinist Michi Wiacko; DJ and producer Kid Koala with production designer K.K. Barrett and the Afiara Quartet; and folk/rock singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart with the interdisciplinary artists William Basinski, Rodrigo Amarante, Helado Negro and Hecuba. Venerated performance artist Laurie Anderson returns to Liquid Music after appearing in its first season, and Musician Miranda Cuckson will perform works by composers Dai Fjikura, Kaija Saariaho, Ileana Perez-Velasquez, and others.

Liquid Music has also commissioned two works this year: Holographic, a new album by composer Daniel Wohl with Mantra Percussion and the Holographic String Quartet; and a collaboration between Berlin’s s t a r g a z e and Minneapolis’ Poliça as this season’s artists in “virtual residence.” The final event of the season is the world premiere of a so-called “opera without words,” which sees the SPCO working with composer Steven Mackey, Jason Treuting of So Percussion, director Mark DeChiazza, and a troupe of dancers on a project that combines music, art, cinema, and dance. This opera is co-presented by the Guthrie Theater and Carleton College, and its premiere will be one of the series’ most ambitious to date.

Kate Nordstum, the series’ curator, has been praised for her innovation and risk-taking during past iterations of Liquid Music. Her goal with this series is to challenge its audience by presenting genre-bending endeavors that allow artists from various mediums to expand their own creative horizons and asking audiences to do the same. Liquid Music represents a glimpse into the future of both classical music and music in general—characterized by creativity, a multiplicity of genres, and an expanding notion of musicianship.

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