Danish band Efterklang will release THE PIRAMIDA CONCERT on June 10, 2013, featuring orchestral arrangements by Missy Mazzoli and Karsten Fundal, performed by the Copenhagen Philharmonic and conducted by Andre de Ritter. Staged for the first time at the Sydney Opera House in May 2012, The Piramida Concert also features ‘So’, a song written during recording sessions for Piramida, and ‘Vælv’, a classical piece commissioned by Efterklang and composed by Karsten Fundal. The live performance was mixed to tape by Francesco Donadello in the Vox-Ton studio in Berlin. The Piramida Concert will only be available digitally and as a limited edition deluxe double gatefold vinyl (one black, one white + CD inside).
Gotham Chamber Opera and composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli conspire to present an evening of cutting- edge new vocal works composed in the last 350 years. Works of Purcell, Gounod, Britten, Verdi, Mahler, and John Adams will be performed, along with recent works by Mazzoli, by Gotham Chamber Opera singers and Mazzoli’s band, Victoire, in (le) Poisson Rouge’s celebrated casual, audience-friendly environment.
Only 50 copies exist of this very special, hand-printed booklet, featuring not only the CD but a DVD of original films by Stephen S. Taylor, the full libretto, and images from the original production. Only $25!
Missy’s debut chamber opera Song from the Uproar, which premiered in February of 2012, was included in The New Yorker’s Memorable Performances of 2012 and named #3 on Time Out New York’s Best Events of 2012, with Steve Smith stating: “After years of growing up in public, Missy Mazzoli’s dreamlike opera lived up to great expectations and made a star of Abigail Fischer.”
The original cast recording of Song from the Uproar, released in November 2012 on New Amsterdam Records, has also received significant press coverage:
- “Mazzoli is a star of the indie classical world, walking the uneasy ground between the avant garde and rock with a style that’s ethereal and hypnotic yet often wary and brooding.” - New York Music Daily, December 2012
- “Mazzoli possesses a startlingly original imagination plus superb command of vocal-and-instrumental interplay. Song from the Uproar is the latest in what’s, frankly, been a rather staggering run for the New Amsterdam label.” - Textura, December 2012
- “Solid gold…flowing from one number to the next, the music tells its own story, building to a series of emotional climaxes with the narrative assurance of a bonafide opera composer.” - WQXR’s Daniel Stephen Johnson, November 2012
Missy’s band Victoire performed at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden in October, 2012. They shared the bill with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and the event was broadcast on WNYC’s Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer.
To listen to the performance, click HERE.
Audie Cornish interviewed Missy about her new album on NPR’s All Things Considered. They ended up discussing a little bit of everything: opera, music, love, New York and floods, all the good stuff! Read the article and listen to the show HERE.