The First Rite (2013)

watch excerpts from “The First Rite” premiere (full-screen it for best quality):

Tu Mano Seserele - Rite of Spring opening
commissioned by Rite of Summer Music Festival

The First Rite
is a tribute as much to Stravinsky’s monumental balletRite of Spring as it is to the timeless folk sources that inspired it.  It is an attempt to reinterpret the “Rite” with a band of improvising musicians (“The Riotous Band”) through the folk songs that Stravinsky chose as his source material, as learned through his sketchbooks. Included here are folk songs from Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine, all published in anthologies before 1900.  The First Rite is a collection of re-arrangements and re-imaginings primarily based on scholarship by Richard Taruskin and Lawrence Morton, as well as some connections I made on my own. It’s a lot of fun.
CATEGORY chamber music with vocal
INSTRUMENTATION flexible instrumentation – desired instrumentation:
female vocal, clarinets (Bb/A/Eb), trumpet, electric guitar, accordion, hammered dulcimer, percussion, fadolín, bass
DURATION approximately 25 minutes
WORLD PREMIERE August 10, 2013 – Rite of Summer Music Festival (Governors Island, NY)
WORLD PREMIERE PERFORMERS Inna Barmash (Voice), Ljova (fadolín), Peter Hess (clarinet), Ben Holmes (trumpet), Jay Vilnai (electric guitar), Shoko Nagai (accordion), Max ZT (hammered dulcimer), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), Pablo Aslan (bass)
RECORDING None yet – watch excerpts in the video above! (Best to view full screen in HD)
SCORE AVAILABILITY not available – but we’re available to perform it — [contact me for more info]

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