Acclaimed rock band The National’s twin brothers Bryce and Aaron Dessner conceived The Long Count in collaboration with video artist Matthew Ritchie as a multimedia concert, which explores the ‘time before time’; the indivisible moment before creation is expressed.
Inspired by the ‘hero twins’ of the Mayan creation myth contained in the Popol Vuh – of which the Long Count calendar is an important part – the show presents a mythical song cycle of subtly interweaving guitars, solemn a capella, layered sound structures and scintillating rock.
The Dessners team up with a 12-strong ensemble featuring members of the Heritage Orchestra, surrounded by an impressive installation designed by Ritchie, and singers/performers Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Kelley Deal (The Breeders), plus special guest Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio).
Music by Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner Written, designed and directed by Matthew Ritchie Additional lyrics by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) Matt Berninger (The National) Kelley and Kim Deal (The Breeders)
Special guest Tunde Adebimpe (TV On The Radio) Production design Matthew Ritchie Studio, (James Case, Nick Roth, Mike Koller)