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Michael Gordon’s Rushes, Performed by Rushes Ensemble, and Timber, Performed by Mantra Percussion

Presented by OZ Arts Nashville at OZ Arts Nashville, Nashville TN

Mar 22 2018
Michael Gordon’s Rushes, Performed by Rushes Ensemble, and Timber, Performed by Mantra Percussion

Part of OZ Arts Nashville’s TNT Local Spotlight Series

This concert curated by Nashville-based musician Maya Stone pairs Rushes and Timber, two works by Michael Gordon, composer and co-founder of the iconic Bang on a Can collective. Rushes features one of the most unorthodox groups imaginable, Rushes Ensemble, which consists of seven bassoons (and of which Stone is a member). Timber includes six simantra (simple two-by-four slabs of wood, amplified and yielding trance-like sonic textures), performed by Mantra Percussion.

Both works expand the boundaries of a single instrument’s repertoire into unknown (and at times, otherworldly) places. Rushes takes the listener on a meditative journey through rich, undulating harmonies produced by the velvety sound of the seven bassoons. The composition brings out tonal and timbral aspects of the instrument that are meant to induce a quasi-meditative, almost ecstatic state, in the listener as well as the performer. Timber brings the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level. Gordon shapes the music in both polyrhythmic and dynamic waves of textures; often each players’ hands are in separate rhythmic “worlds,” each traversing a different dynamic contour, from loud to soft to loud. With closed eyes, either work could be mistaken for an electronic sound score.

Presented at both ends of the rectangular, open warehouse space at OZ Arts, audiences will be invited to walk around during the performance, sit or lie down in the areas between the musicians.




Contact: (615) 350-7200

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Doors open at 6:30pm

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