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Unheard-of Ensemble: Fire Ecologies

Friday, November 4 | 7:30 PM

E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall
560 Trinity Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Fire Ecologies
Unheard-of performs Fire Ecologies, a fifty-five minute unique musical and visual experience that explores American landscapes through the lens of climate change. Composer Christopher Stark and video artist Zlatko Ćosić embarked on a journey across the United States capturing audio and video for this multimedia experience. The work incorporates field recordings of the 2020 California wildfires along with sonic and visual imagery from Chris's trip across Montana, Oregon, and California as well as parts of Colorado. Zlatko gathered footage from the American heartland surrounding Missouri as well as long form explorations of nature surrounding St. Louis. Stark created a work that can be experienced both in concert halls as well as in nature from gallery spaces to the Gowanus Canal.

Unheard-of Ensemble
Unheard-of Ensemble is a contemporary chamber ensemble dedicated to connecting communities across the United States through the development and performance of new music. Unheard-of is committed to the idea that new music belongs in every community.

Unheard-of Ensemble’s next season continues adventurous programming that we have been developing over past seasons, connecting our audiences with unheard-of premieres across the United States. We are restarting our Unheard-of Dialogues series in New York City with three concerts featuring brand new works by Liliya Ugay, Lila Meretzky, and David Crowell. On tour, the ensemble will bring our fifty-five minute multimedia work Fire Ecologies by Christopher Stark to Ohio, Illinois, Tennessee, Minnesota, and Missouri. The ensemble will also present two special performances with the Gowanus Dredgers on the Gowanus Canal and Tideland Institute on Newtown Creek. On tour, Unheard-of will visit Kent State and surrounding Ohio institutions to perform Fire Ecologies and other works from our multimedia program. In November, the ensemble visits Crosstown Arts in Memphis, Tennessee and Washington University of St. Louis for a residency with the composition studio and performances. In early March, Unheard-of workshops new electro-acoustic compositions with students from Northwestern University, performs on Constellation Chicago’s Frequency Series, and tours the upper Midwest.

Unheard-of Ensemble’s 2021-22 season featured performances across the Midwest, Southeast, Texas and their home state of New York. Unheard-of’s largest project this season was the premiere of a fifty-five minute commission from Christopher Stark exploring climate crisis in America, supported by a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant with video projections by Zlatko Ćosić. Unheard-of was the Klingler Electro-Acoustic Residency ensemble at Bowling Green State University for the 2021-22 season with workshops and performances throughout the Fall and Spring. They also performed and touring this season at West Virginia University, the Johnstone Fund for New Music (Columbus, OH), Miami University, Ohio University, Kent State University, Texas State University, Texas Lutheran University, San Antonio College, University of Texas– San Antonio, Versipel New Music, Southeastern Louisiana University, Troy University, Emory University, Chattanooga State Community College, University of Georgia, and University of Tennessee– Chattanooga.

Unheard-of has received support from the Johnstone Fund for New Music, Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Foundation, Tennessee Arts Commission, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Barlow Endowment, Alice M. Ditson Fund, Aaron Copland Fund, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and New York Women Composers Organization. Unheard-of is a recipient of a Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant made possible with support of the New York Community Trust and a Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Grant.

Their debut album Unheard-of//Dialogues was released to critical acclaim, being called “a fantastic debut by a group that has been doing more than their part to inject vitality into the new music scene for the last few years” (Jeremy Shatan, An Earful.) The album’s eclectic repertoire has garnered the attention of critics from ArtsATL (“Powerfully evocative,”) Steve Smith of National Sawdust Log (“scintillating and evocative,”) and Creative Loafing Atlanta (“mellifluous magic.”)

Credit: Images from video by Zlatko Ćosić

Co-sponsored by Center for the Humanities

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