Monday, Sept.22, The Callithumpian Consort (with Miller on guitar) will premier “Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream”
at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory.
Scream, Gilgamesh, Scream (Punk Rock Piano Concerto) is written for piano, soprano voice, baritone voice, two percussionists, electric guitar, alto sax, bass clarinet, french horn, string quartet and synthesizer (bass). This is a setting of the Babylonian “Epic of Gilgamesh”. Miller’s take on the story is more about what happened to Enkidu, rather than Gilgamesh. The music is quite barbaric: given that the Epic was composed 2,500-3,000 years B.C., and that “punk rock” is a subtitle, this may not be surprising. But given the nature of the story, there are many lyrical moments as well.
Clarinetti in Natura (for two clarinets, prepared piano, and modified nature ambiences) was well received at its March 31 Southern Illinois University premier during the “Outside the Box Festival.”
CLARINETTI IN NATURA, March 31, 2014.
Mission of Burma will be on the West Coast at the end of August:
Aug.28: The Roxy Theater, W. Hollywood, CA
Aug.29: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Aug.30: Doug Fir, Portland, OR
Aug.31: Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
The band has three shows the end of June in, you guessed it, Ukraine. Kiev and Odessa, i.e., the safe side of the country. They were there last year and enjoyed it very much. Never having been to Odessa or seen the Black Sea, this promises to be, in many ways, a very interesting trip.
July 12: Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY.
Aug. 3: Michael Moore’s film festival in Traverse City, MI
Aug. 9: Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Sept. 20: San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Midwest Tour starts the last week in Sept.