Weekend River To River Festival Highlights!
Veronica Falls with The People Temple
Friday, June 29th - 7:00pm Pier 17, The Seaport
London four-piece Veronica Falls mixes sweetness and light with dissonance and darkness, injecting a perfectly addictive harmony with something sadder and stranger. Veronica Falls references Beat Happening, Velvet Underground, and Galaxie 500, while mixing in the sinister sides to love songs from the 50s and 60s to make visceral pop music with an edge and a beat. With hazy nods to both shoegaze and 60s pop/psych interspersed with their own signature sound, The People’s Temple burst through the thickening fog with anthem-like precision and unshakable irresistibly, as each track revs up and blasts off through the stratosphere, sending waves of chills and reverberation in every direction. http://rivertorivernyc.com/events/veronica-falls-peoples-temple
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Saturday, June 30th - 6:00pm Sheltered Arcade at North End Way at north of Vesey between West Street and North End Avenue (Also July 1, 6pm & July 2, 3, 1pm)
FEEL…FORM is a dance meditation on the relationship between aesthetics and ideology. For River To River 2012 Bessie Award winning choreographer luciana achugar revisits the work in a site based context. Originally co-commissioned by Abrons Arts Center and The Chocolate Factory, and premiering in May 2012, the work presents dance as a celebration of experience, and pleasure as the consummation of experience. In FEEL…FORM four women engage in a psychedelia-inspired kaleidoscope that multiplies their experience and reflects both rigorous formalism and corporeal excess.
Ecstatic™ Summer: Roomful of Teeth with Merrill Garbus & William Brittelle and Judd Greenstein's The Yehudim
Saturday, June 30th - 7:00pm World Financial Center Plaza, 200 Vesey Street
Dubbed “an epiphany” by The New York Times, The Yehudim is a mixed ensemble of voices, vintage keyboards, electric guitars and basses, and percussion, conceived and directed by composer and New Amsterdam co-director Judd Greenstein. Taking the composer-led super-groups of the 1970s as inspiration – from Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Meredith Monk to Fela Kuti, Isaac Hayes and Herbie Hancock – The Yehudim explores characters from the Hebrew Bible, using the strange stories of their lives and the ancient writings around their characters to weave contemporary narratives that are Passions for our time. Roomful of Teeth perform an integrated set featuring new work by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and electro-acoustic composer and New Amsterdam co-director William Brittelle written for the astoundingly talented multi-stylistic 8-person vocal group. Roomful studies and incorporates non-classical vocal practices, combines them with western styles, and develops new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques. The set will include Garbus performing selections from the tUnE-yArDs catalog with Roomful as backing group, and the world premiere of a new arrangement by William Brittelle for the octet backed by The Yehudim. Ecstatic™ Summer is a production of New Amsterdam Presents in association with the Kaufman Center. Presented by River To River Festival and Arts Brookfield.
Sundays at St. Paul’s
Sunday, July 1st - 8:30pm St. Paul's Chapel, 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Street
This unique presentation of choral works showcases a world premiere composition by Nico Muhly commissioned by the River To River Festival, Trinity Wall Street, and Beth Morrison Projects as well as Muhly's other choral works and a selection of Renaissance choral works which have influenced and inspired Muhly from his musical beginnings and throughout his career as a composer. The evening also features celebrated maestro Julian Wachner at the Schlicker organ and at the podium, conducting the Trinity Choir and Trinity Youth Chorus. Join River To River for what promises to be a dazzling evening of choral music. Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Presented by River To River Festival in association with Trinity Wall Street.