Concert by Composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi: Sideshow


Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 8:00pm


Knafel Center, 10 Garden St

Presented by: Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Admission Free: No Tickets Required

Please join us for an evening of new music from composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi, the Rieman and Baketel Fellow for Music, Radcliffe Institute and associate, Department of Music, Harvard University.

Based on the dark sideshows of Coney Island’s amusement parks in the early part of the 20th century, "Sideshow" is a meditation on virtuosity, freak shows, entertainment, spectacle, business, and the sacrifices one makes to survive in the world. A cycle of six aphorisms by the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus (1874–1936) is embedded as a subtext running through the work.

This concert, which is free and open to the public, is an excellent opportunity to hear an innovative composer’s newest work. It will be followed by a public reception with the composer and performers.

The concert features the Talea Ensemble:
-David Adamcyk, electronics
-Barry Crawford, flute
-Stephen Gosling, piano
-Chris Gross, cello
-Alex Lipowski, percussion and vocals
-Rane Moore, clarinet
-Ryan Muncy, saxophone
-Yuki Numata Resnick, violin
-Beth Weisser, viola

"Sideshow" was commissioned by the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik and sponsored through the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.