DACAMERA presents Matthew Aucoin's "Music for New Bodies"
Matthew Aucoin and Peter Sellars: Music for New BodiesWorld Premiere | Concert PerformanceCo-commission of DACAMERA, the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company) and LA OperaMatthew Aucoin, composer and conductorPeter Sellars, directorTexts inspired by the writings of Jorie Graham and Rachel Carson, libretto assembled by Peter Sellars and Matthew AucoinVocal soloists to be announcedInstrumental ensemble of Shepherd School of Music students and DACAMERA Young ArtistsA major new work and exciting first collaboration between the brilliant young composer Matthew Aucoin and legendary director Peter Sellars. A musical premiere is brought to life by five vocal soloists and an 18-instrument ensemble conducted by Matthew Aucoin.Music for New Bodies is an immersion in vast planetary processes: we follow the migration of eels to the depths of the Atlantic Basin; we hear the voice of the ocean floor itself, speaking with superhuman pressure and force; we experience humankind’s impact on our planet, and we also sense the presence of cycles so immense that they are beyond human influence.DACAMERA welcomes back 33-year old MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin, already at the vanguard of opera composers, with commissions and critically-acclaimed premieres from the Metropolitan and Los Angeles operas. This new work follows DACAMERA’s commission of Aucoin’s string quartet, premiered here in 2019. Joining Aucoin for this unique Houston residency jointly sponsored by DACAMERA and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music is internationally renowned opera, film, theater and festival director Peter Sellars, celebrated for his collaborations with the world’s leading composers, including Kaija Saariaho, John Adams and Tyshawn Sorey. This concert performance is presented at Brockman Hall for Opera at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.