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Phases: A Minimalist Season Opening for Great Noise Ensemble

Classical, punk, disco and pop music fuse in minimalist compositions by David Lang, Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Sept. 11, 2012 - PRLog -- Great Noise Ensemble opens its eighth season with Phases at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Silver Spring on September 15, 2012 at 8:00PM. Described by Artistic Director Armando Bayolo as “a little omnibus of the history of minimalism after its "classical" heyday in the late 60s and 70s,” the program includes Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, as well as rare complete performances of Philip Glass’ Glassworks and David Lang’s Child.

Life Phases

Austere, punk-induced and minimalistic,  Child is David Lang’s attempt to examine the memories and “mis-memories” of his childhood. However, Lang is not nostalgic for his childhood, or anyone else’s. He comments, “childhood is the time when one learns how to think, how to feel, how to move forward. Because each piece of music in some way needs to teach its listener its own rules for how it works, it is a comparison I have found meaningful.”

Phase Music

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is a classic of late 20th century classical music.  It is a very simple example of  “phase” music, a technique the composer first applied to the tape pieces Come Out and It’s Gonna Rain as well as the seminal Piano Phase (for two pianos) in the late 1960’s.

Career Phases

Philip Glass’ Glassworks blurs the worlds of pop and concert music in each brief, “walkman-ready” movement - a sharp contrast to the composer’s earlier epic soundscapes of Einstein on the Beach and Music in Twelve Parts (1971-1974).  Commissioned in 1982 by CBS Masterworks, Glassworks helped cement Philip Glass’ image and reputation during the 1980's and beyond.

Tickets are available online at www.greatnoiseensemble.com and at the door: $15 General Admission, $10 College Students/Seniors. Students under 17 admitted free with adult admission.

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