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My week at Lincoln Center: deep listening, consumed by fire, walking in circles with the International Contemporary Ensemble

In addition to David Lang’s the whisper opera, covering Lincoln Center’s 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival treated me to an entire week of some of the most creative work in contemporary classical music that can be heard today. Pauline Oliveros’ “deep listening” works ask us to stop and listen with our full attention.  Carla Kihlstedt’s song-cycle At Night We Walk in Circles and Are Consumed By Fire was a musical exploration of the dream-state, inspired by dream material supplied by friends and strangers. Phyllis Chen‘s remarkable compositions for toy piano, humming tops, and other playthings were a joy to watch, listen — and photograph. The movements of George LewisBorn Obbligato were creatively mixed with those of Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat (Op. 20), a remarkable interweaving both conducted and performed by the amazing percussionist and ICE artist-in-residence Steven Shick. It was a privilege and joy to photograph these musicians at work and play.

To see more behind-the-scenes images from Mostly Mozart Festivals, visit my music, performance and art website at armenelliott.com.

Steven Schick conducting George Lewis' Born Obbligato, International Contemporary Ensemble Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart 2013Steven Schick conducting George Lewis’ Born Obbligato, International Contemporary Ensemble Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart 2013 Carla Kihlstedt, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center 2013Carla Kihlstedt, Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center 2013 with the International Contemporary Ensemble Phyllis Chen, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Phyllis Chen, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 George Lewis, Steven Schick at Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 George Lewis, Steven Schick at Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Pauline Oliveros and Steven Schick, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Pauline Oliveros and Steven Schick, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 Steven Schick, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Steven Schick, in rehearsal, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 Steven Schick, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Steven Schick, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 Carla Kihlstedt, Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller, backstage at Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Carla Kihlstedt, Claire Chase, Rebekah Heller,  backstage at Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013 Claire Chase and ICE, in rehearsal, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013Claire Chase and ICE, in rehearsal, Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival 2013

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