Chalk and Soot
Dance Heginbotham + Brooklyn Rider
John Heginbotham, choreographer
Colin Jacobsen, composer
Featuring Carla Kihlstedt, vocals
and Gabriel Kahane, reed organ and vocals
Choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen join artistic forces in a new work based on poems by 20th century Russian modernist artist Wassily Kandinsky. Chalk and Soot features Heginbotham's theatrical choreography set to Jacobsen's inventive score, performed live by the acclaimed Brooklyn Rider music ensemble and vocalist Carla Kihlstedt.
Founded in 2011, Dance Heginbotham is a performance group devoted to the presentation of dance and theatrical work created by Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer John Heginbotham. The company’s work features highly structured, technically rigorous, and theatrical choreography, frequently set to the music of contemporary composers.
The company made its debut in January of 2012 on the Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has since been presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2013, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carolina Performing Arts, among others.
Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” and the Los Angeles Times dubs the group “one of the wonders of contemporary music.”
Equally at home in clubs and concert halls, the quartet has played venues as varied as Lincoln Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, Japan’s Todai-ji, Brooklyn’s Littlefield, the Library of Congress, and the South by Southwest Festival. Through visionary programming and global collaborations, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent” (Time Out New York).
Carla Kihlstedt is a composer, violinist, and vocalist, and a veteran of folk/pop, contemporary classical, improvised and experimental music. She is a founding member of several pioneering and iconic bands, including Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Rabbit Rabbit, The Book of Knots, Minamo and Tin Hat. Kihlstedt has written for Contemporary Ensemble, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Brooklyn Rider, and Folger Shakespeare Library.
Gabriel Kahane has established himself as a leading voice among a generation of young composers redefining music for the 21st century. With high praise for his orchestral debut of the premiere of his song cycle Orinoco Sketches with John Adams and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mr. Kahane’s work defies classifications. This season sees the staging of his latest album, The Ambassador, a musical investigation of Los Angeles by Tony Award–winning director John Tiffany at Carolina Performing Arts, UCLA, and BAM.
Since releasing his 2006 song cycle Craigslistlieder, Mr. Kahane has been commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Kronos Quartet, American Composers Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Caramoor Festival, among others. As a theater composer, he has received commissions from the Public Theater (February House), Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Mr. Kahane is a recipient of multiple fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Corporation of Yaddo.