CSO PROOF: The MetaSimulacrum Vol. 1
January 15, 2021 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall
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A collective memory of the future.
Performances & Additional Composition:
Holland Andrews, Channy Leaneagh, Will Johnson, lead vocals
Immanuel Wilkins, sax
Ian Chang, percussion
Erika Dohi, synth
Chris Fishman, keys
Rafiq Bhatia, guitar
Jackson Hill, bass
A Liquid Music production commissioned and premiered by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
Feb 5 livestream is co-presented in partnership with The Walker Arts Center and The Great Northern Festival.
When asked how best to approach the irreversible effects of climate change, preeminent climatologist William deBuys advocates for a deep sense of elegy—a sincere deeply felt farewell anchored by a palpable sense of loss. Regardless of humanity's ongoing efforts to mitigate its effects, climate change will assuredly erase our once imagined future, morphing it into something far more complicated and challenging. Grounded in the retro-futurism of '80's culture, The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 serves as a requiem for our collective lost future. The performance debuts the first material generated through The Meta Simulacrum, an alternate digital reality platform designed by William Brittelle. Juxtaposing newly composed songs for an electro-acoustic ensemble of dynamic musical polymaths —drawn from alternative classical, jazz, neo-soul and experimental rock worlds—with re-contextualized elements of the '80's sound, The Meta Simulacrum Vol. 1 uses the symbology of our shared past to look forward into our uncertain future.