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Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities


Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities

  • Date: Friday, 21 February 2014, 8pm
  • Venue: ISSUE project room (Brooklyn NY) — 22 Boerum Place, Ground Floor, Brooklyn, New York, United States

Event Details

MATA Interval presents two rising stars of the DIY new music scene in a modern oratorio inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick. Composer collective West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) joins Contemporaneous, a New York-based new music ensemble, in the world premiere of Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room.

Collaboratively written by composers and W4 co-founders Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, the evening-length piece composes through Melville’s novel, focusing on themes and events related to mortality, identity, and the hunt. Singers will include Lucy Dhegrae, Ariadne Greif, Charlotte Mundy and Sean Christensen. The music will be accompanied by abstract projections inspired by Rockwell Kent’s illustrations to the 1930 Modern Library edition of Moby Dick, created by visual artist Andy Cahill.

Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities

I. Hymn - Tim Hansen
II. At the Mast-head - Molly Herron
III. The Graceful Repose of the Line - Ruben Naeff
IV. Some Ships - Matt Frey
V. The Sea - Herron
VI. The Non-Valvular Structure of the Whale’s Blood-Vessels - Naeff
VII. A Song of Wind, Sea and Stars - Hansen
VIII. A White and Turbid Wake Frey
IX. There She Blows Hansen
X. All Men are Enveloped in Whale-Lines Naeff
XI. Lower Away Frey
XII. Call Me Herron

The program will be performed without intermission and runs approximately an hour.

Featured non-Australian music: Herron, Naeff, Frey

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