U.S. premiere - March 7, 2014, performed by Ensemble LPR, conducted by André de Ridder.
I’m so thankful this was live streamed as it’s likely as close to hearing it live in person as I’ll get. I watched this with the most ridiculous grin on my face, and when it was over, I cried. THIS is the reason for this blog.
I was curious about this Twitter exchange yesterday. Apparently, they were playing Lachrimae. :) You can hear it in the video. Eighth blackbird will be performing Murder Ballades at this year’s MusicNOW and during their upcoming US tour.
I should change the title of this blog to All of the Dessnernotes.
I mainly shot last night on film as an experiment. I shot using a Fuji GW690II and some 220 (Portra 400 pushed to 1600). I have no idea if they’ll turn out, or even be any good. If they are, you’ll see em here!
I just wanna say big love to my good friend Heather who set me up to shoot this show, The National guys are some of the nicest people I’ve met in a long time. A pleasure to spend an evening in their and Heather’s company.
Photographic evidence that he is, in fact, the sun. I told you so.
The first production in the space, taking place on February 20-22, features two U.S. premieres: one with music by my old friend Bryce Dessner and another by the wonderful (and longtime Millepied collaborator) David Lang. Justin Peck’s choreography for Bryce’s Murder Ballads accesses the folk idioms the score contains but reframes it in a stylized, casual ballet. It’s thrilling work, in a thrilling space.