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LF17L19 Archaeology of Nothing – A Commissioned Multimedia Work by Latvian Composer Krists Auznieks
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The goals of this project are: To commission and premiere a large-scale multi-disciplinary work by top Latvian composer Krists Auznieks. To offer the full artistic resources of Contemporaneous to Auznieks to fulfill the vision of his work. To create a sustainable production of Auznieks's new work that can be added to the touring repertoire of Contemporaneous. To document the premiere with professional audio and video recordings, allowing for greater exposure to the work after the performance. To give New York City residents the opportunity to interact with new artistic work borne from the Latvian cultural tradition.

Funding requested from LF $5,000 (Commissioning Fee for Krists Auznieks)

Dylan Mattingly, Contemporaneous, Inc. Executive Director, co-Artistic Director,  Contemporaneous is an ensemble of 21 musicians whose mission is to bring to life the music of now. Recognized for “ferocious, focused performance” (The New York Times) and for its “passionate drive...setting an extremely high bar for other ensembles to live up to” (I Care If You Listen), Contemporaneous performs and promotes the most exciting work of living composers, with an emphasis on music by young and emerging artists, through innovative concerts, commissions, recordings, and educational programs. Founded at Bard College in 2010, Contemporaneous is now based in NYC and active throughout the United States. Contemporaneous has performed over 100 concerts at venues including Lincoln Center, Park Avenue Armory, (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Baryshnikov Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. The ensemble has worked with artists as diverse as David Byrne, Courtney Love, Martin Creed, Donnacha Dennehy, and Dawn Upshaw. Contemporaneous has presented the world premiere of more than 75 works, many of them large-scale pieces by emerging composers. Through its commissions and readiness to play challenging music, the ensemble encourages artists to take risks and defy constraints. Contemporaneous also leads participatory programs for public school students, designed to instill a passion for new music and to convey the power of meaningful expression through music.


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