John Adams’s Son of Chamber Symphony (2007) is a companion work to his 1992 masterpiece, Chamber Symphony, and like the earlier piece, it is full of the vim and bounce of Adams’s self-described impish side. “The title itself deserves some commentary as a throwback reference to old, sci-fi B-movie sequels,” says GNE Artistic Director & Conductor Armando Bayolo. “The ironic edginess is a bit of a return to an older form for Adams, revisiting some familiar tropes while extending his later, adventurous style and bringing it together with his earlier post-minimalism. The last movement even references the aria “News has a Kind of Mystery,” from act one of Nixon in China!”
What better inspiration for a composition than experiments with meat-eating flora? Jonathan Newman’s quartet These Inflicted Tentacles quotes excerpts of Charles Darwin’s book Insectivorous Plants, in which Darwin writes about dropping bits of meat, eggs, glass, hair and anything else he can think of on his plants. Just to see what happens.
Armando Bayolo had ambitious professional aspirations in elementary school: become the Pope. Rather than pursuing a faith-based career, Bayolo completed three degrees in the equally challenging and competitive field of music composition. In 2001, motivated by the conclusion of his doctoral studies, Bayolo began reading scholarship about Jesus Christ and Christianity;
Irreverence will be presented in Atlas Performing Art Center’s Lang Theater, in the heart of D.C.’s H Street Arts District.
Tickets are $25 General and $15 Students with I.D., and are available though the Atlas Performing Arts Center website and at the box office (202.399.7993)
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Great Noise Ensemble was born in 2005 through a listing placed on Craigslist.org by composer and conductor Armando Bayolo. Seven area musicians united by their passion for new music answered, and from this core group the ensemble has grown into the twenty instrumentalists and two singers which now comprise its core membership. Since its first concert in January 2006, Great Noise Ensemble has become one of the most important ensembles in the District of Columbia’s burgeoning new music scene, winning The Washington Area Music Association’