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What's Next? presents 2 Operas
Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8:00 PM (PDT)
Culver City, CA
Friday April 13, 2012 8pm
Royal-T Café/Gallery/Art Space
8910 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
This April, What's Next? Ensemble presents two contemporary takes on opera, following two composers as they reinvent the genre for the twenty-first century. The show starts with percussionist Nick Terry playing LA Composer Shaun Niadoo's Nigerian Spam, a disturbing fifteen minute one-man drama for percussion and electronics revolving around those irksome email scammers posing as kings, sons of presidents and long lost distant relatives asking for money.
For the second half, we present Michael Gordon's seminal work Van Gogh for ensemble and three voices. Tracing the life of the famous artist through his letters, this six-scene mini-opera paints a simultaneously ecstatic and heartfelt portrait of Van Gogh in Gordon's trademark genre-bending hard-edge style.
When & Where
The Los Angeles based new music collective What’s Next? was created in the spring of 2008 with the single mission of bringing together talented young musicians to perform exciting new music. Formed by two friends and fellow students at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, John Stulz andVimbayi Kaziboni, the collective has humble roots, focused mainly on contemporary music outreach concerts within the USC community. At the beginning of 2009, What’s Next? launched The Los Angeles Composers Project, an endeavor to bring talented young musicians from across the country together in a festival setting with Los Angeles based composers. With three concerts scheduled for mid-June, this will be the collective’s most ambitious project to date and will set the groundwork for a sustained effort to connect young musicians with the wealth of compositional talent and ideas circulating in Los Angeles today. In May 2010 the group will present the second Los Angeles Composers Project, featuring special guest artists the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet.