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    Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin
    Ryan McAdams, conductor
    July 30-31, 2014

    This summer, Wordless Music presents our first shows in London–and we’re bringing them a good one. On July 30 and 31, at the Barbican, Wordless Music will present a full screening and live film score with orchestra to the extraordinary 2012 movie Beasts of the Southern Wild. (Anyone who was with us last August at Prospect Park can tell you that these shows are not to be missed.)

    The BarbicanMap
    Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

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    The Rock*a*Teens
    August 9-10, 2014

    Here’s a pair of shows we never thought we’d get to see, let alone help to make happen: the first NYC-area performances since 2002 by the glorious and recently reunited Atlanta band The Rock*a*Teens. Opening these insanely special shows will be Bird of Youth (on August 9, at Glasslands, in Brooklyn) and Will Sheff of Okkervil River (August 10, at Le Poisson Rouge).

    289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn

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    Le Poisson RougeMap
    158 Bleecker Street, NYC

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    Craig Leon
    with ACME & special guest Bill Kouligas
    April 30, 2014

    Also in April, we present a special show with RVNG Intl. to mark the release of the Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1: the first authorized re-edition of Craig Leon’s 1981 and 1982 albums Nommos and Visiting. In the late ’70s, Leon produced the early works of the Ramones, Richard Hell, and Suicide before making Nommos, a singular synth oddity for John Fahey’s Takoma Records. The album has remained a sought-after cosmic classic since and is now accompanied by its companion piece Visiting as a continuous body of work.

    Le Poisson RougeMap
    158 Bleecker Street, NYC

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    Wordless Music + RBMA Festival New York Present:
    Panda Bear
    Torn Hawk
    May 18, 2014

    Noah Lennox is one of modern music’s most exciting artists and composers, collaging together elements of indie rock, electronic music, choral music, and pop, to create something utterly new and unique. Both as a member of Animal Collective and in his solo work as Panda Bear, Lennox has consistently aimed the controls for uncharted territory. It’s resulted in some of the last decade’s most celebrated albums (Person Pitch and Tomboy). Aided by the visuals of longtime Animal Collective cohort Danny Perez, and an opening set by L.A. producer and vocalist Dam-Funk, this event – co-presented with Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York – will be a rare chance to see Lennox on stage as Panda Bear in New York.

    For an overview of all Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York events, visit: http://www.redbullmusicacademy.com/nyc

    261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn

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    Wordless Music + TBA Brooklyn + Resolute present:
    April 26, 2014

    1260 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 10pm doors and show / 21+ Tickets now on sale (purchase here)  

    1260 Atlantic Avenue, BrooklynMap

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    Neutral Milk Hotel
    w/ Circulatory System
    July 22-23, 2014

    Following three sold-out nights in January at the BAM Opera House, Neutral Milk Hotel have announced what should be a highlight of the summer in NYC: a performance at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 23, 2014. These benefit performances will support free concert programming at Celebrate Brooklyn!, a performing arts program of BRIC Arts | Media | Brooklyn.

    Prospect Park Bandshell, Brooklyn NYMap

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Wordless Music commissions a different visual artist for each of our concerts to create a limited run of silkscreen posters to commemorate each event. To buy a print from a prior Wordless Music show, or to be considered for the design of a future poster, please contact words@wordlessmusic.org

  • Elena Asimar
    MONO & the Wordless Orchestra
    Arvo Part Symphony #4 & “Los Angeles” 2008

    16″ x 28″ 4-color screen print

    (Available for purchase)

  • The Bird Machine
    800 Years of Minimalism
    Manuel Gottsching: E2-E4
    Rhys Chatham: A Crimson Grail
    Beata Viscera: The Music of Perotin

    20″ x 26″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 310. Signed and numbered.

    (Available for purchase)

  • Mat Daly
    Amiina w/ Eluvium & Giles Vonsattel

    19″ x 25″ 7-color screen print

    (Available for purchase)

    The Wordless Music Series Inaugural Concert with Glenn Kotche, Nels Cline, Jenny Lin and Elliot Sharp

    20″ x 26″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 150. Signed and numbered

    (Available for purchase)

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    Andrew Bird, A Hawk and a Hacksaw Steven Beck

    15″ x 26″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 150. Signed and numbered

    (Available for purchase)

    Mono & the Wordless Orchestra
    Arvo Part Symphony #4 & “Los Angeles” 2008

    19″ x 25″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 275. Signed and numbered.

    (Available for purchase)

  • Michael Budai
    Stars of the Lid
    w/ Face the Music & itsnotyouitsme

    21.75″ x 16.75″ 5-color screen print

    (Available for purchase)

    Valgeir Sigurdsson
    w/ Nico Muhly, & Sandro Perri

    12.5″ x 19″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 75. Signed and numbered.

    (Available for purchase)

  • Methane Studios
    Wordless Music Orchestra
    music of John Adams, Gavin Bryars, & Jonny Greenwood

    19″ x 25″ 3-color screen print
    Edition of 220. Signed and numbered.

    (Available for purchase)

  • Erick Montes
    Explosions in the Sky w/ Ayano Kataoka & Josh Quillen
    26″x20″ 4-color screen print

    (Available for purchase)

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Wordless Music is devoted to the idea that the sound worlds of classical and contemporary instrumental music – in genres such as indie rock and electronic music – share more in common than conventional thinking might suggest. To illustrate the continuity between these worlds, the series pairs rock and electronic musicians in an intimate concert setting with more traditionally understood classical music performers.

The goal: to bring audiences together, and to introduce listeners from both sound worlds to composers that they might otherwise not encounter, for a completely new concert experience. In so doing, Wordless Music seeks to demonstrate that the various boundaries and genre distinctions segregating music today – popular and classical; uptown and downtown; high art and low – are artificial constructions in need of dismantling.

The Wordless Music Orchestra is the house band of New York City's Wordless Music series, which was founded by non-musician Ronen Givony in 2006 and has since presented dozens of concerts in museums, churches, nightclubs, and out of doors, pairing artists from the sound worlds of so-called classical, electronic, and rock music. Comprising some of New York's most omnivorous young musicians and members of groups such as Alarm Will Sound, ACME, So Percussion, Ensemble Signal, and the JACK Quartet, the orchestra presented its first concerts over two sold-out nights in January 2008 under conductor Brad Lubman with the U.S. premiere of composer and Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood's Popcorn Superhet Receiver, on a program with music of Gavin Bryars and John Adams.

In 2009, four months after its world premiere by Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Arvo Pärt's Symphony No. 4 ("Los Angeles") had its New York/East Coast premiere by the Wordless Music Orchestra under conductor Jeffrey Milarsky in two sold-out concerts at which the orchestra also performed alongside the Japanese instrumental noise-rock band MONO. These performances with MONO were recorded and released by Brooklyn's Temporary Residence label as Holy Ground: NYC Live with the Wordless Music Orchestra, a limited-edition CD/DVD/LP set. Also in 2009, the orchestra recorded with former Battles multi-instrumentalist Tyondai Braxton for Central Market, the composer's solo debut on Warp Records, and went on tour the following year with Braxton to Alice Tully Hall in New York, the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. In 2010, the Wordless Music Orchestra performed alongside The Hilliard Ensemble and Latvian National Choir as part of Lincoln Center's White Light Festival, in world premiere compositions for orchestra and voices by Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós with his partner, Alex Somers, again under the baton of Jeffrey Milarsky, and the following year at the Guggenheim Museum rotunda in a unique collaboration with visual artist Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster for Gavin Bryars' The Sinking of the Titanic.

On September 11, 2011, the Wordless Music Orchestra performed a memorial concert for the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under conductor Ryan McAdams, with the world premiere orchestration of William Basinski's Disintegration Loop 1.1 alongside music by Alfred Schnittke, Osvaldo Golijov, and Ingram Marshall. In the 2012-13 season, the orchestra will return to the Metropolitan Museum for the U.S. debut performance of music from the Danish indie-pop band Efterklang's new album, Piramida, with orchestrations by Missy Mazzoli, and will also perform in the 2012-13 BAM Next Wave Festival with musical icon John Cale of the Velvet Underground, for songs from Cale's classic album Paris 1919.

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