a.pe.ri.od.ic (21): “Time With People” by Tim Parkinson

Frequency Series presents

a.pe.ri.od.ic (21): “Time With People” by Tim Parkinson

Sun, February 26, 2017

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$15.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

a.pe.ri.od.ic (21): “Time With People” by Tim Parkinson
a.pe.ri.od.ic (21): “Time With People” by Tim Parkinson
a.pe.ri.od.ic presents the US Premiere of 'trash opera.'

Using absurdity, humor, and non-narrativity to redefine notions of music and memory, Time With People is an hour-long music and theatre work by British composer Tim Parkinson (b. 1973). As Parkinson writes, the opera in seven scenes for ten people and assorted objects “redefines fundamentals of opera from its 16th century origins . . . reconceived from elements of 21st century post-historical culture.”

Time With People (2013) is not an opera in the traditional sense. There are no characters, costumes, or even orchestral instruments. Instead, the stage is set with trash and other assorted objects. The soloists and chorus speak, dance, chant, and drum. And the only “classical” music comes from a recording.

Alternately funny, playful, perplexing, and sad, the work challenges audiences to reconsider their preconceived notions of the nature of music. Writing about the world-premiere performance, Lawrence Dunn remarked, “This is a world in which music is a kind of memory—something that must be reconstructed from the ground up, and afterwards returned to the same ground.”

The piece hearkens back to the traditional sense of an opera as a collection of works, yet upends tradition by largely removing music and the orchestra, leaving behind only fragments, both musical and literal: recorded excerpts of Handel and Rossini begin and end the work, while a trash-strewn set serves as an orchestra of found objects as the performers wade through it.


a.pe.ri.od.ic, led by Nomi Epstein, is a collective of composers, instrumentalists and vocalists with experience in myriad experimental music practices. The group has a history of interpreting distinctive pieces using a collaborative rehearsal process, deriving meaning and intention from oblique prose scores with great sensitivity.

This ambitious project was brought to fruition thanks to the Sponsored Artist Program at High Concept Labs.

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Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618