21st May 2019, 7.30pm
St. David's Hall
FRANCIS STAPLETON (Dutch Street Organ)
|Charlie Peck||Synthetic twin||8'|
|Steve Reich||Mallet Quartet||15'|
|Andy Akiho||Pillar IV||13'|
|Viet Cuong||Water, Wine, Brandy, Brine||13'|
|Ben Wallace||Festival Commission for Dutch Street Organ “Astrid” and percussion
The Festival is thrilled to present the exuberant and flamboyant Sandbox Percussion – the percussion quartet from New York described by the Washington Post as “revitalizing the world of contemporary music [with] jaw-dropping virtuosity”. This young quartet will be bringing an unconventional assortment of instruments, from plant pots to marimbas, wine glasses to rooks (an electronic instrument which uses infrared sensors to interpret hand movement).
The performance takes a special look at new music emerging from America in recent years, and features the world premiere of Ben Wallace’s new work for Dutch Street Organ and percussion. Wallace’s music spans a wide range of styles from chamber and orchestral, to disco and samba, and occasionally into the video game remix world. In 2017, VOGF commissioned Ben to write a piece for six pianos which received outstanding reviews following its premiere performance by Grand Band at St David’s Hall: “The audience thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and indeed this was one of the most immediately approachable first performances of new classical music I have heard for some time…One looks forward to his future career with eager anticipation” (Seen and Heard International).
Free pre-concert talk
John Metcalf & Ben Wallace – Composer Ben Wallace in conversation about his new commission for street organ and percussion.
6.30pm, St Asaph Room, St David’s Hall
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in
partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the
Howard Gilman Foundation.