Perspectives

Dave Longstreth & s t a r g a z e: Song of the Earth
Dirty Projectors: Earth Crisis

Sunday 9th October, 2022

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​​​​​​Dave Longstreth guitar, vocals
Felicia Douglass vocals
s t a r g a z e
André de Ridder conductor 

Songwriter and producer Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors has long tucked string quartets and wind quintets into his kaleidoscopic studio productions, but until now, hasn’t written concert music. This changes with his new orchestral songcycle Song of the Earth. Conductor André de Ridder leads his Berlin-based s t a r g a z e ensemble — expanded to thirteen players, including two percussionists — as Longstreth and his fellow Dirty Projectors vocalist Felicia Douglass sing of ecological collapse and rebirth.

Song of the Earth is modeled loosely on the themes and structure of Gustav Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde. But where Mahler’s epic is a meditation — by turns spiritual and pastoral — on the impermanence of all things, Song of the Earth is focused on a more specific vulnerability: the natural world in our Anthropocene age.  
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This evening’s concert will also feature a performance of the entirety of Dirty Projectors’ Earth Crisis, from their 2020 collection 5 EPs, and a short solo set from Longstreth. 

Founded in New York in 2002 by Longstreth, Dirty Projectors are an American band. Constantly evolving and blithely difficult to pin down, they’ve made a career of following inspiration where it leads, collaborating with everyone from Björk, David Byrne and Kanye West along the way.  Felicia Douglass joined the group in 2018.  

Song of the Earth was commissioned by the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Helsinki Festival, Barbican Centre, London,  National Concert Hall, Dublin and De Singel Antwerp. 

Presented by NCH

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