TUESDAY, JANUARY 14 AT 7:30PM | GENERAL ADMISSION: $15 • STUDENT: $10
New Morse Code is a cello/percussion duo which uses collaboration to create dynamic new works. Praised for their “clarity of artistic vision and near-perfect synchronicity,” New Morse Code is a cello/percussion duo which uses collaboration to create dynamic new works. Percussionist (and Tucson native) Michael Compitello and cellist Hannah Collins combine a unique approach to working collaboratively with composers with a style blending disarming charm, accessible intellect, and dynamic musicality to create an impactful and timely repertoire.
At the Loft Cinema, New Morse Code presents a program featuring innovative, explosive, and whimsical works for cello, percussion, video, and live electronics which explore themes of place, climate change, communication, and memory.
Christopher Stark’s The Language of Landscapes blends junk objects, acoustic cello playing, field recordings, and live-processed sounds to create a strong commentary on human wastefulness and resourcefulness, attempting to ask the question: what will music sound like after our basic resources have been depleted? In Florent Ghys’ November Foxtrot, cello and percussion converse with an interactive video consisting of digital duplicates of New Morse Code and other historical and found footage. For Robert Honstein’s Down Down Baby, Hannah and Michael play a single cello set on a table, alternately striking, scraping, rubbing, singing, and plonking to create a charming and virtuosic tribute to children’s games. Finally, the duo presents David Crowell’s Catharsis, a lush, rhythmically driven work for live and pre-recorded cello and percussion.
This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by New Morse Code.