Sandeep Bhagwati

Sandeep Bhagwati: Vineland Stelae

"Bhagwati produces the most lyrical musical environment for a deep meditation about musicmaking itself… A beautiful, haunting, intimate evocation." Edinburgh Guide

World premiere

Presented by The Center for New Performance at CalArts, in association with The New Century Players

At once sweeping in scope and finespun in its intricacies, this ambitious new work by Indian-German composer Sandeep Bhagwati is a full-evening structured improvisation that brings together a head-spinning array of music practices from different parts of the world—all working to conjure a new and unabashedly polyglot musical culture. Led by renowned new music trombonist Mike Svoboda, a 30-piece configuration of the CalArts New Century Players fans out across the theater in small groups and performs the piece on conventional Western instruments, shakuhachi, sarode, tabla, jal tarang, gamelan metallophones and Ewe drums.

Staging this work for the Center for New Performance, director Chi-wang Yang completes the experience by creating an immersive theatrical environment of carefully controlled lighting and electronic augmentation. The result is a musical event of heightened theatrical intensity—a transformed concert experience.

Bhagwati’s boundary-defying stage, chamber and multimedia works have been performed at major venues in Europe and Asia for nearly two decades. Following residencies at IRCAM in Paris, ZKM in Karlsruhe, IEM in Graz, and the Beethovenhalle Orchestra of Bonn, he now holds the Canada Research Chair for Inter-X Art at Montreal’s Concordia University.

Vineland Stelae was made possible in part by the Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund of the Creative Capital Foundation; Goethe-Institut Los Angeles; and Villa Aurora.

Associated Images: 

THU 11/1
8:30 pm
FRI 11/2
8:30 pm
SAT 11/3
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff