“Wake up, the world’s on fire!” (Lawrence Ferlinghetti). This assemblage of aesthetico-political music for contemplation and empowerment features postgenre sounds for vigilance against the commodification of ignorance and the barbarization of democracy. Rosenboom and his team perform with instruments, electronics, and voices and add prescient, prophetic lines by socio-political seers: Ferlinghetti, Foucault, Pythagoras via Ovid, Sun-tzu, Mark Twain, and others. Evocative, virtuosic music is interlaced with images by Lewis Klahr, whose uniquely idiosyncratic films use found images to explore the intersection of memory and history.
Performed by a virtuoso ensemble of collaborators: Matt Barbier, trombone; Nicolás Bejarano, trumpet; Swapan Chaudhuri, pakhawaja; Gene Coye, drums; Meltem Ege, speaker/vocalist; Allen Fogle, horn; Alphonso Johnson, electric bass; Miranda Kahn, actress; Molly Pease, singer; David Rosenboom, piano/Yamaha Disklavier(™), algorithmic instruments, and electronics; Aaron Smith, trumpet; Luke Storm, tuba; Jake Vossler, electric guitar.
“With my burnt hand, I write on the nature of fire.” (Flaubert)