It would appear that Augusta Read Thomas didn't slow down her writing process one bit during the three years she spent spearheading the Ear Taxi Festival, and that's great news for us because she's written us a marvelous new quartet, titled CHI. That's "chi" as in "vital life force," so this show is going to go a lot deeper than just your ears...
Those of you that made it to Ear Taxi heard us deliver the Chicago premiere of Gusty's octet (with the tremendous Third Coast Percussion), Selene, which got quite a doffing of the hat from the Chicago Tribune. We recorded Selene on Nimbus Records just this past season, and you can see what the BBC had to say about it here.
We'll be reprising it with Third Coast on this concert before our mallet-wielding friends inflate the massive Rockefeller Chapel acoustic with Resounding Earth.
Augusta Read Thomas – CHI (commissioned by Spektral Quartet)
Augusta Read Thomas – Selene (with Third Coast Percussion)
Augusta Read Thomas – Resounding Earth (commissioned by Third Coast Percussion)