Maya Beiser and David Lang, with special guest actor Kate Valk, celebrate the release of their new Cantaloupe Music album “the day” with a live performance at Paula Cooper Gallery. Receive a download of the new album with your ticket purchase. Doors at 7:30PM, performance starts at 8PM.
The album, out on January 26, features David Lang’s new work for Maya, “the day,” paired with a new recording of his previous work for her, “world to come.” “the day” (2016) was composed as prequel to “world to come” (2003). Renowned actor and founding member of The Wooster Group Kate Valk’s reading of the text in “the day” is incorporated with the music, creating a rhythm that becomes the heartbeat beneath Maya’s emotionally charged performance. Where “world to come” chronicles the journey of the soul after life, “the day” chronicles an individual’s time on earth preceding that journey. Lang’s “world to come” was written for Maya in response to the events of September 11 at the World Trade Center (which shares the initials of the title of the piece, WTC). The two works are meditations on two journeys: “the day” on the mortal journey, and “world to come” on the eternal, post-mortal journey of the soul that follows.