October 14-17, 2015 at 7:30pm
Jimmy Page power chords meet Yom Kippur prayers in All Vows, cellist Maya Beiser’s convention-flouting survey of her eclectic musical personality. In Part I, Beiser-along with bassist Jherek Bischoff, drummer Zachary Alford, and a healthy dose of light-show spectacle-performs electronics-infused arrangements of songs by Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, and others, plus new works by Glenn Kotche and David T. Little. In Part II, she turns toward the spiritual, performing Michael Gordon’s All Vows and Michael Harrison’s epic Just Ancient Loops, both set to films by Bill Morrison; Mohammed Fairouz’s cantorial Kol Nidre; and more.
Beiser “has etched a bold career path that marries classical to rock, starched collars to casual dress, and tradition to unorthodoxy,” reports AllMusic.com. Throughout her adventurous and versatile career she has reimagined the concert experience, commissioning and performing hundreds of new works written for her by today’s leading composers. The Boston Globe declares, “with virtuoso chops, rock-star charisma, and an appetite for pushing her instrument to the edge of avant-garde adventurousness, Maya Beiser is the post-modern diva of the cello.”
All Vows has been described as “rapturous” and “high-intensity” by The Washington Post, which reported that Beiser “found a deep, almost devotional thread running through everything she played.” The San Francisco Chronicle described her as a “ferociously adventurous cellist” in its review, adding that “whatever Beiser turns her attention to has the potential to come vividly to life.”
Presented by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).