“The Sinking of the Titanic” at Le Poisson Rouge, 100 years after disaster

Posted on: April 10, 2012

On April 15, Ensemble LPR and the Wordless Music Orchestra will perform Gavin Bryars’s The Sinking of the Titanic for orchestra and electronics at New York City’s Le Poisson Rouge—100 years to the day after the Titanic’s sinking. The Sinking of the Titanic (1969) was Bryars’s first major work as a composer and was originally released on Brian Eno’s Obscure label in 1975. The composition is described as an “ambient elegy” and will be performed in the round; in 2011 it was performed at the Guggenheim Museum in collaboration with visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. The New York-based Wordless Music Orchestra was founded by Ronen Givony in 2006 and has performed works by Jonny Greenwood, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, and Louis Andriessen, among others. Ensemble LPR is the classical house band of Le Poisson Rouge, led by Justin Kantor, David Handler, and Orlando Alonso.

Posted April 10, 2012