Seattle Times on Songs of Wars I Have Seen: "close to flawless" Mar 5, 2010

by Jessica

Michael Upchurch at the Times has this to say about Heiner Goebbels Songs of Wars I Have Seen:

Spoken word, musical theater, sound collage, brass-and-percussion blasts, baroque strings and recurring passages of something slinky, dreamlike and jazzy all combine in Heiner Goebbels' "Songs of War I Have Seen." The piece, it should be clear, draws on a startling variety of influences as it casts its spell. Under the attentive baton of conductor Anu Tali, it hangs together beautifully. And the performances by Pacific Musicworks, Seattle Chamber Players and a dozen or so guest musicians are close to flawless.

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PICA on "Art From the Comfort of Your Home" Mar 4, 2010

by Jessica

Our friends down at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) recently posted on their blog about the NEA's recent findings about attendance to the arts. In that they talk about OntheBoards.tv and begin wrestling with questions about how our project relates to audiences in-house:

However, the main question about in-house audiences remains: if people won't come through the theater doors, is it truly possible to reach them elsewhere? Will OTB.tv be able to draw viewers who couldn't make it to the live show? The quality of the content is certainly there, but will audiences readily replace the live experience with a recorded one?

Read the full post...

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"Something Weird This Way Comes" Mar 4, 2010

by Jessica

Yesterday Brendan Kiley began trying to piece together Goebbels and what will be happening onstage this weekend:

This weekend at On the Boards, German composer/spectacle maker Heiner Goebbels will present his Songs of Wars I Have Seen, based on Gertrude Stein's memoir about being an American expatriate during WWII. I know next to nothing about Goebbels, but video clips of his other performances are deeply, magnetically odd and dreamy.

Check out the Slog post to see clips from other Goebbels productions, an excerpt from Gertrude Stein's Wars I Have Seen and more.

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Interview with Heiner Goebbels Mar 3, 2010

by Jessica

Once you've read the beginnner's guide and then followed up with the aesthetics of Heiner Goebbels, you're ready to hear from the man himself. A good place to start is  with this interview/feature on Heiner written by Jeremy Barker at the SunBreak. In it he talks about: *a new band he recommends *the difficulty of finding critics to review his work ("they were really fighting over who was the one who should write about the piece. And then finally the editor decided to send both the theatre critic and the music critic") *how art and politics played a big role in leading him to his chosen career *working with Heiner Müller *making musicians read text in a performance *...

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ArtDish and Gathering Note review Icebreaker concerts Mar 3, 2010

by Jessica

Igor Keller from ArtDish came to the entire series of 5 concerts last weekend. His thoughts at the end of it all "...very often miraculously good." Read the comprehensive review. Zach Carstensen at the Gathering Note made it  to   3 / 5 concerts and commented that it was a "formidable survey of contemporary music." Read his thoughts on concerts 1 - 3 here.

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Meet the conductor, Anu Tali Mar 3, 2010

by Jessica

Anu Tali is a world-class conductor (she's got cred)  who has been travelling the world to lead Songs of Wars I Have Seen and is in town right now with Heiner Goebbels helping put together the show for this weekend. A couple quick things to note about her: *By the age of 30 she founded an orchestra featuring the top musicians from around the world. *She conducts frequently in her homeland of Estonia, but makes international trips on special projects, such as this one. *She and her twin sister  are  listed amongst other beautiful women in classical music  on the wesbite beautyinmusic.com. She'll be leading the musicians for Goebbels' portion of the evening in ...

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New Music Disaster Averted Mar 3, 2010

by Byron Au Yong

Preludes to Disaster was the formidable title of a concert of contemporary Danish and Icelandic Music that featured works by composers Anders Brodsgaard (b. 1955), Steingrimur Rohloff (b. 1971), and Peter Bruun (b. 1968). Works by the latter two composers were world premieres co-commissioned by the Seattle Chamber Players and FIGURA. While the concert, which concluded the first weekend of Icebreaker V: Songs of Love and War at On the Boards, could have been a calamitous event, the works were well-performed, musically intriguing, and deceptively complex. The Sunday evening concert began with Brodsgaard's Galgenlieder (Gallows Songs). The songs were performed by FIGURA...

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"It's like we live in a real city" Mar 3, 2010

by Jessica

Michael van Baker at the SunBreak posted a review of Icebreaker and a quick preview of Songs of Wars I Have Seen this weekend. How to sum it all up? How about this:

"It's exciting. It's like we live in a real city, where our artistic William Tells don't aim their arrows squarely at the middlebrow, but at the not-quite-attainable apple."

Read more about last Sunday night's concert and more about what's in store for this weekend.

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