For their Los Angeles debut, Dal Niente brings their incisive interpretation and electric performance style to three pieces written for them by composers who push the boundaries of new music in radically different directions. The group’s recent collaboration with indie-art rockers Deerhoof is showcased with Greg Saunier’s Deerhoof Chamber Variations: a quirky, fragmentary medley of excerpts from the band’s catalog is arranged for chamber ensemble and voices, recasting Deerhoof songs in half-familiar classical styles with a disarming charm. Things get intense with Raphaël Cendo’s Graphein, which, according to the composer, “incorporates the problems that have haunted me until now: the complete disorientation of timbre and movement, its consequences on energy, loss of control in the interpretation, music thought not as a demonstration of skills but as the search for transcendence, the saturation as persistence of a first and absolute radiance.” Natacha Diels' Elpis twists our culturally established conceptions of image in mind-bending ways through the inventive application of objects, bodies, and instruments.
Raphaël Cendo - Graphein (2014) for flute, clarinet, saxophone, horn, harp, piano, percussion, violin, cello, bass
Natacha Diels - Elpis (2016) for two sopranos, saxophone, horn, percussion, MIDI keyboard, cello, three assistants, video projections, electronics
Greg Saunier - Deerhoof Chamber Variations (2013) for two sopranos, saxophone, horn, harp, piano, violin, cello, and bass
Stefan Prins - Piano Hero #1 (2012) for MIDI keyboard, video, electronics