Ecstatic Marathon Countdown - #6 - Nico Muhly

Ecstatic Marathon Countdown - #6 - Nico Muhly

There were almost 20 different performances at the Ecstatic Music Festival Marathon concert.  Of the 7 best things I saw, Nico Muly's Keep in Touch was #6 and really helped me to better understand why he is so absurdly relatively famous right now.  [He's no Black Eyed Peas, but he's been featured in the New Yorker (but not by Alex Ross).]

Muhly was joined on stage by his longtime collaborator Nadia Sirota on viola and Icelander Valgeir Sigurðsson contributing a subtle but effective extra layer of electronics.  The piece starts slow and meanders a bit before it builds steam.  Even as it attempts to climax, it takes a few surprising detours, like it's trying to say a few contradictory things at the same time.  
Nico Muhly: Keep in Touch -- played by Nadia Sirota, Nico Muhly, and Valgeir Sigurðsson

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  • Not a feature per se, but Alex Ross had the early insight on Muhly's career

    http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2004/05/17/040517crmu_music?currentPage=2

    I blogged about this and for awhile, aworks was on the first page when googling for nico muhly. those were the days...

    http://rgable.typepad.com/aworks/2004/05/so_to_speak_200.html

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