New York Times
“Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire, cleverly orchestrated, provides settings both cinematic and intimate at once, while Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche adds evocative scrims of percussion and some thunderous pounding.”
NPR’s First Listen
“…music that once sounded like the lonely movement of your own thoughts now calls out to you in a voice of its own.”
“Casts a powerful spell…Mazzoli has fashioned an engrossing classical-electronic-vocal epic that sounds like the product of a much larger ensemble than the chamber-sized one it actually is.”
Composer Missy Mazzoli and her ensemble Victoire have teamed up with percussionist Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), synth producer Lorna Dune and virtuosic vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken (of Roomful of Teeth) to record Mazzoli’s expansive new work, Vespers for a New Dark Age. Over two years in the making, Vespers for a New Dark Age is a brazen interpretation of the vespers prayer service that replaces the customary sacred verses with poems by Matthew Zapruder.
Vespers for a New Dark Age:
1. Wayward Free Radical Dreams
2. Hello Lord
3. Interlude 1
4. Come On All You
5. New Dark Age
6. Interlude 2
9. A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune Remix)
Vespers for a New Dark Age was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and premiered there by Victoire, Glenn Kotche and Lorna Dune in February 2014. The performance was praised by one critic as “excellent, powerful and thought-provoking… I held my breath through each sonic build-up and transition, hoping not to miss a note.” (Baeblemusic)
Mazzoli, recently deemed “one of the more surprising and inventive composers now working in New York” (New York Times), draws on her experience writing operas, vocal and chamber music, and expands on the singular musical territory of Victoire’s debut release Cathedral City, deemed one of 2010’s best classical albums by NPR, The New Yorker and Time Out New York. The group’s eclectic instrumentation of strings, clarinet and synthesizers has been expanded to include a large pallet of electronic sounds and junk percussion, complemented by Kotche, whose massive drumset included three sets of crotales, glockenspiel, and a seemingly endless battery of cymbals. The vocalists often sing in quasi-baroque harmonies that glided over this landscape of percussion and synths, only to collapse into a haunting solo line. Acoustic movements alternate with three purely electronic interludes, where Mazzoli combines her compositional skills with DJ remixing and sampling techniques, in a new collaboration with synth producer Lorna Dune. This new album also includes “A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune Remix)”, a re-imagining of a Mazzoli composition recently deemed “the most striking and uncanny music Victoire has ever made” by Pitchfork.
Victoire is: Olivia De Prato-violin, Eileen Mack-clarinet, Lorna “Dune” Krier and Missy Mazzoli-keyboards, electronics, Eleonore Oppenheim-double bass, Mellissa Hughes-voice.
A THOUSAND TONGUES (LORNA DUNE REMIX)
Along with the title track, Vespers for a New Dark Age includes A Thousand Tongues (Lorna Dune Remix). Missy Mazzoli’s original composition for voice, cello and electronics has been re-imagined by producer and synth wizard Lorna Dune, who weaves a vibrant tapestry of synths and beats over Mazzoli’s soaring string and clarinet lines. This work features special vocalist Deidre Muro of Savoir Adore. Pitchfork editor, Jayson Greene praises the track as “the most striking and uncanny music Victoire have ever made.” Read more HERE.