Wild Up’s four-week winter festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 14

Posted on: January 12, 2021

Wild Up, the Los Angeles-based ensemble, has announced details of its second winter festival, Darkness Sounding, which will feature virtual and in-person events from January 15 to February 14. The self-described “spaced out music during the shortest days of the year” festival will include one-on-one telephone concerts, singing (at a distance) through open windows, a virtual-reality recital with prompts from a digital Magic 8 Ball, and audio hikes in the Mojave Desert. Streamed concerts will include a sunrise-to-sunset livestream concert by pianist Richard Valitutto and the world premiere of composer/performer Andrew McIntosh’s A Moonbeam Is Just a Filtered Sunbeam, a 58-minute work for violin, viola, and piano, field recordings, and electronics, with six performances at dawn and dusk. Running throughout the festival will be percussionist/instrument-maker Chris Kallmeyer’s Two hearts are better than one for two wind chimes spread throughout the city of Los Angeles, with each set of wind chimes lent to festivalgoers for weeklong listening sessions. Christopher Rountree is Wild Up’s artistic director and conductor. Venues will include YouTube Live, Instagram Live, Zoom, Soundcloud, and locations around Los Angeles and Joshua Tree. For more information: https://darknesssounding.wildup.org.