Ensemble Signal Performs “darker” at EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]
At 7:30pm on Friday (April 27), EMPAC at RPI in Troy will present Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang’s orchestral work, darker. The evening-length composition will be performed by Ensemble Signal, with live projections by visual artist Suzanne Bocanegra.
Scored for 12 strings, darker is a slow exploration of sound. At times, it gives the ensemble the feel of a giant pipe organ or, with the aid of Bocanegra’s live projections, the feel of splattering rain on an immoveable wall. As much a hypnotic sonic and visual object as it is a piece of music, darker weaves its intricate solo lines into a delicate and subtly emotional fabric.
Lang notes that “darker is in many ways more like an object than a piece of music. It is a long, slow passing from something mostly even and pleasant to something a little less pleasant. My piece, like life, expends a lot of effort to go a very short distance, from beautiful to a little less beautiful, from a little light to something a little darker.”