Arvo Pärt Fratres
Anna Meredith Moon
Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der Erde (Songs of the Earth)
Maren Bosma Violin/Director
Anna Meredith Electronics
Eleanor Meredith Visuals
Bath Festival Orchestra
Calling cultural adventurers to join a sonic odyssey on Earth and beyond. Mystic minimalism meets transcendental melody in this genre-fusing evening of music featuring a live 18-piece band directed by violinist Maren Bosma, two vocalists and electronics.
Opening the night is Fratres by the Estonian master of minimalist meditations, Arvo Part. This classic from the 1970s is full of hypnotic repetitions and sublime melodies that will take you into a realm of deep reflection and serenity.
The centrepiece comes in the form of Moon by Anna Meredith (‘one of the most innovative minds in modern British music’ Pitchfork) with live visuals by illustrator Eleanor Meredith. Blasting musical genre boundaries into oblivion, Meredith weaves intricate musical tapestries that combine soaring strings and booming brass with electrifying electronic dance floor beats to create feel-good vibes that you won’t want to end.
Mahler was the OG orchestrator of emotions and Songs of the Earth are the place where his ‘bitter awareness of imminent extinction is confronted and fused with a hedonistic delight in the beauty of nature and the ecstasy of living’. With texts based on classical Chinese poetry these songs contain music of extraordinary beauty and will be sung by two stellar soloists. They are a profound deep-dive into the joys and sorrows of the human experience and will resonate deeply within your soul.
Relax into a cushion in the EartH theatre and get ready out of this world musical experience.
Presented in association with Bath Festival Orchestra