Using the vulnerability of the human voice as a connective thread, the Isaura String Quartet weaves together a program of music exploring hidden layers, transformations, and unspoken realities. In addition to works by composers Nicole Lizée and Laura Steenberge, the evening features two premieres: a newly commissioned quartet by acclaimed composer David Rosenboom, and a collaborative work by experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar and visual artist Sean Deyoe. The program concludes with the West Coast premiere of Alex Temple’s Behind the Wallpaper, a 35-minute song cycle drawing on indie pop, Weimar cabaret, Elizabethan music, and 19th-century Romanticism. Vocalist Julia Holter will join Isaura to perform this work. The Isaura String Quartet is Betsy Rettig, Emily Call, Jonathan Morgan, and Madeline Falcone.
Perhaps no composer has used more complex logical processes; a brilliant and multi–talented musician who also performs virtuosically.
about David Rosenboom, from Kyle Gann, American Music in the Twentieth Century Alex Temple’s Behind the Wallpaper is “somewhere between avant-garde composition, mysterious artifact, and sci-fi thriller.”