Composer Gene Coleman has performed a number of times at the Renaissance Society over many years. Here he returns for a dynamic performance of new material from his forthcoming media opera. This event is free and open to the public.
Dreamlives of Debris is based on a novel by Lance Olsen that reimagines the myth of the Minotaur and labyrinth. While drawing on the lasting power of the myth, Coleman also integrates cultural sources as varied as Japanese Bunraku theater, manga, Monteverdi’s operas, and neuroscience research.
In the first part of the concert, acclaimed bass-baritone Nicholas Isherwood performs Kokhlos I for voice and electronics. He is followed by members of Ensemble N__JP and Ensemble Dal Niente and vocalists from The Crossing for Kokhlos II / Vidrone, a performance for ensemble, electronics, and video projection. The video mixes live action, animation, text and sound to create a dialog with the live performers that plays with the idea of virtual and physical reality.
This presentation of works from Dreamlives of Debris is conducted by Rei Hotoda.