Please note: This event premiered on October 1st and is no longer available to watch.
Baryshnikov Arts Center, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Tippet Rise Art Center + Bay Chamber Concerts Co-Present:
Coming Together (Digital World Premiere)
This music collaboration created for film features Quodlibet Ensemble, a collective of virtuoso string players, and countertenor Reginald Mobley, who is as passionate about baroque and gospel music as he is social and political justice. In this film, created in collaboration with filmmaker and human rights activist Pastor Isaac Scott, the musicians perform Frederic Rzewski’s Coming Together for narrator and ensemble, with text by Samuel Melville—one of the leaders of the revolt against police brutality at Attica Prison in 1971. Weaving together footage of the musicians performing solo at remote locations, this powerful work conveys a collective journey of moving from struggle to hope amidst challenging times. The film also includes the musicians performing songs and spirituals by early 20th century composer Florence Price, and J.S. Bach’s timeless Cantata No. 54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Just Resist Sin), recorded September 2020 at BAC’s John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio.
The artists are partnering with VOTESart, a non-partisan organization founded by two members of Quodlibet that combines musical performances with raising awareness about voters’ rights and voter registration.
Frederic Rzewski Coming Together
Reginald Mobley, narrator
Quodlibet Ensemble (Rebecca Anderson, violin; Alex Fortes, violin; Katie Hyun, violin; George Meyer, violin; Ben Russell, violin; Beth Wenstrom, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Kyle Miller, viola; Hannah Collins, cello; Paul Wiancko, cello; Joe Magar, electric bass)
Filmed individually by each performer.
Edited and produced by Paul Wiancko, Katie Hyun and Pastor Isaac Scott
Florence Price Four Songs
Bewilderment (Langston Hughes, arr. Alex Fortes)
My Soul’s Been Anchored In De Lord (spiritual, arr. George Meyer)
Rise Mourner (spiritual, arr. George Meyer)
I’m Going To Lay Down My Heavy Load (spiritual, arr. Alex Fortes)
J.S. Bach Cantata BWV 54
Reginald Mobley, countertenor
Quodlibet Ensemble (Alex Fortes, violin; Katie Hyun, violin; George Meyer, violin; Dorothy Kim, viola; George Meyer, viola; Michael Unterman, cello; Max Zeugner, bass; Jeffrey Grossman, organ)
Filmed at Baryshnikov Arts Center’s John Cage & Merce Cunningham Studio on 9/4/20.
Edited and produced by Katie Hyun and Pastor Isaac Scott
Katie Hyun, program and video concept
Pastor Isaac Scott, producer/director, Quarterly Films, Isaac’s Quarterly
Pastor Kairi Chapman, producer/director, Quarterly Films, Isaac’s Quarterly
Noriko Okabe, audio engineer
Joe Levasseur, lighting designer
For more information, visit the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s website.
Photo: Quodlibet Ensemble by Pastor Isaac Scott