The Eurasia Consort performs The Wind in the Pines
The Eurasia Consort, founded by Tomoko Sugawara and August Denhard, is dedicated to music of the Silk Roads, past and present. For this concert, eight musicians perform world premieres of two new compositions by Alice Shields and Bun-Ching Lam, along with music from the Tang Dynasty discovered in the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China.
Founded in 2013, The Eurasia Consort has given frequent concerts in New York, Seattle, and Houston. In May 2019 the two founders received grants from the Dunhuang Foundation to visit Dunhuang (China) and research its cave paintings of Tang Dynasty musical instruments.
Tomoko Sugawara, co-director and kugo harp
August Denhard, co-director and lute
Munir Nurettin Beken, Turkish ud
Miyo Aoki, recorder
James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi
Sarah Carrier, alto flute
Martha Cluver, voice
Rex Benincasa, percussion
Alice Shields’ music is described as "intense, richly scored" (New York Times), and "holds the listener spellbound" (Musical America). She creates cross-cultural operas, pioneering electronic music, and more. Her involvement in South Indian Bharata Natyam dance-drama and Japanese Noh Theate inform her work. This world premiere performance is of a Noh-inspired work The Wind in the Pines
, commissioned by Chamber Music America for the Eurasia Consort.
The music of Bun-Ching Lam has been performed worldwide. Born in Macao, Lam served as the composer-in-residence of the Macao Orchestra from 2008-2016. She has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, and served as Visiting Professor at the Yale University School of Music and at Bennington College. This world premiere performance is of her work Songs of a Recluse
, commissioned by the Cheswatyr Foundation for the Eurasia Consort.
Images: Alice Shields, courtesy of the artist. Bun-Ching Lam, Photo: Moritz Krauth.