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Love Song to the Sun | Tracy Silverman and Robin Fountain with Blair School of Music
Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series
Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Nashville-based composer-musician Tracy Silverman has contributed significantly to the development and repertoire for the electric six-string violin and what he calls “21st century violin playing.” He composed and performs Love Song to the Sun, a new, evening-length, multimedia performance for solo six-string electric violin and electronics, with constructed media design, alongside 75 undergraduate musicians from Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. The performance utilizes interactive projections to tell a dramatic story of survival and triumph. It is a fusion of audio and visual technologies containing symphonic breadth and cinematic dimension, where the performer himself morphs into the abstract. In a departure from traditional concert surrounds, Tracy Silverman and the Blair School of Music orchestra, led by Robin Fountain, reimagine the 21st century classical concert for both performers and audience inside OZ Arts’ non-traditional warehouse space.
BBC Radio calls Silverman “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” and The Chicago Tribune praises his “blazing virtuosity,” adding, “You’ll be astonished that anyone can play the violin like that.”
“String playing must reflect our popular musical culture or risk becoming old-fashioned and irrelevant,” says Silverman. The foremost concert electric violinist, and the subject of new electric violin concertos commissioned specifically for him by John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch and Daniel Bernard Roumain, Silverman was formerly first violinist with the groundbreaking Turtle Island String Quartet. He also tours internationally as a soloist with orchestras including the LA Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Montreal Symphony and the Adelaide Festival Orchestra, and under the baton of esteemed conductors such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Neeme Jarvi, Giancarlo Guerrero and Leon Botstein, among many others, with his solo performances and as a collaborator with other artists and ensembles. Recent highlights include performances of Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto and a return to Carnegie Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s Seeing Is Believing with the American Symphony Orchestra as well as the publication of his instructional method, Strum Bowing. A long-standing advocate for music education, Silverman is an in-demand clinician and on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville.
Photo: Nashville Symphony
Contact: (615) 350-7200
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Doors Open 6:30pm
6172 Cockrill Bend Circle, Nashville, TN 37209