Rzewski, Eastman & Hearne

LA Phil New Music Group/Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil

'The law of mosaics: how to deal with parts in the absence of wholes'. Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil New Music Group address the contemporary urban experience – in sometimes startling terms.

So don’t expect to sit comfortably. The voices of Frederic Rzewski, Julius Eastman and Ted Hearne come from a society in flux. Each of them confronts mainstream assumptions about what music can – or should – say in a multicultural, late-capitalist society.

Tonight, that means Rzewski’s dispatches from a prison riot and Eastman’s uncompromising Outsider minimalism – underground classics whose aftershock continues to define the contemporary US counterculture and in Eastman's case, provide a vitally important African-American voice in the 70s avant-garde. And it means, too, a powerful new creation from Ted Hearne. Law of Mosaics co-opts (some would say co-erces) influences ranging from Barber and Vivaldi to punk and digital electronica to assemble a sonic patchwork that (says Alex Ross) 'suggests a world at once hurtling forward and spinning in place – very much the state in which we live'.

Part of our 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.

The European premiere performance of Ted Hearne’s Place, which was initially planned for this concert date, has been postponed due to unforeseen delays in the creative process.

From the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series of contemporary music concerts

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