Part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival
Artist Talk with Mikel Rouse
Dec 9, post-show (free for same-day ticket holders)
Cited as "a composer many believe to be the best of his generation" (The New York Times), Mikel
Rouse was last at BAM with the third installment of his opera trilogy, The End Of Cinematics (2006 Next Wave Festival). Composer/performer Rouse returns this season with the song cycle Gravity Radio. Drawing his inspiration from physicist Raymond Chiao's work with superconductors and gravity
waves that exist only in conjecture, Rouse intertwines music (for string quartet, guitar, and voices) and film with ethereal shortwave static and reports from the AP News Wire. Triggered by the pulse of the live music, the film represents a kaleidoscope of earthbound images. The AP News Wire reports and the written commentary, which highlights the connections between the song lyrics and the reports, are
customized for each performance, taken from that day's local and national news.