The Sound of Science is a concert and album presenting eight pieces of music by seven celebrated composers.
Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world–renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and many more.
From West African storytelling and collaborations with Herbie Hancock to radioactive medical procedures and tours with St Vincent, each composer involved is celebrated for their unfettered originality yet unique in their creative process and experience. The composers self-selected an array of scientific minds which intrigued them musically and which represent a range of research that has shaped humanity as a whole.
All eight new works are inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s practice, and, in some cases, even incorporate sounds sourced directly from their research.
Featuring new works by and based on:
Yuka Honda (Japan/NYC) and Katherine Johnson (Mathematician)
Foday Musa Suso (The Gambia) and George Washington Carver (Botanist)
Felipe Pérez Santiago (Mexico City) and Jill Tarter (Astronomer)
Maja S. K. Ratkje (Norway) and Signe Kjelstrup (Chemist): A Highway In State Space
Sarah Lipstate (LA/Austin) and Marie Curie (Physicist)
Paola Prestini (NYC) and Andrew Kruczkiewicz (Climatologist)
Graham Reynolds (Austin) and Barry Chernoff (Biologist) and Kristen Harris (Neuroscientist)
Co-curated by Zeigler and acclaimed composer/bandleader Graham Reynolds, The Sound of Science brings these two disciplines together in a celebration of their shared culture of inquiry and invites audiences to explore the importance of — and connections between — different kinds of creation and discovery in the quest for a deeper understanding of the world around us.
Commissioned by Golden Hornet. Co-commissioned by Kathleen and Harvey Guion. Learn more about Golden Hornet and each composer–scientist pair at www.goldenhornet.org