The framework of the Zagros Ensemble concert is built upon the works of two very different American composers. The concert opens with Morton Feldman’s For Frank O’Hara, a 1973 classic of American avant-garde and a mystical journey evolving from silence to transcendence, in which percussion instruments play a central role.
The concert is a dialogue between Feldman and one of the brightest stars of the new generation of composers in America, namely Ashley Fure. Her sensational performances, such as the premiere of Filament at the opening concert of the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–2019 season, brought Fure to the forefront as one of the most intriguing composers of our era. Zagros performs Fure’s piece Feed Forward.
In between the works of the two American composers, the audience will hear new music from Sweden and Estonia. ASCHE, a duet for clarinet and cello, is the work of Lisa Streich, one of the most renowned young composers in Sweden. For its composer-musician guest and the concert’s wild card, Zagros has chosen Estonian Liisa Hirsch and her piece 4 Glides (2014), in which the composer joins the ensemble on the piano.