David Lang: "Death Speaks" performed by Stargaze


Death never sounded so good

The collaboration between Sónar and Barcelona’s Auditori Sample Series adds another new chapter with the Spanish premiere of “Death Speaks”, the work by prestigious American composer David Lang. The album, unanimously praised by specialist press and chosen as one of 2013’s best records, revolves around and lends a voice to death (as the title suggests) in five long compositions that dilute the boundary between pop and contemporary music. The album, based on lieders by Franz Schubert, included the participation of musicians Nico Muhly, Owen Pallett and Bryce Dessner (of The National). Berlin's superlative Stargaze will perform the piece in Barcelona, led by orchestra conductor André de Ridder. Lang's work does not escape the darkness of death, yet somehow manages to endow it with a strange intimacy and extraordinary beauty.

Born in Los Angeles and based in New York, Lang is considered to be one of today’s preeminent contemporary composers and a key figure in post-minimalism. Passionate and prolific, Lang understands perfectly the standards of classical music while at the same time constantly inventing new possibilities for contemporary music with his works, which have progressed over the years from the explosive compositions of his early years to become more contained and mature with the passage of time. The American composer has won several of the most prestigious awards available in his discipline, including the Pulitzer (in 2008 for “The Little Match Girl Passion”), a Grammy, and more recently an Oscar nomination for the song “Simple Song #3” from the film “Youth” by Paolo Sorrentino. On this occasion “Death Speaks” will be performed by Stargaze, an Berlin-based collective of musicians who switch freely between contemporary, classical, electronic and pop music. Their list of collaborations is long and varied and includes artists like Julia Holter, Koreless, Nils Frahm and Lee Ranaldo, as well as bands like Matmos, These New Puritans and The Dodos, among many others.

The SonarPass & the Delegate Pass don't grant access to this concert.


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