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Golden Hornet's "The Sound of Science" featuring Jeffrey Zeigler

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Golden Hornet’s “The Sound of Science,” is an evening-length concert presenting eight brand-new pieces of music by seven celebrated international composers. Written for amplified cello and electronics, all pieces will be performed by world-renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet. From West African storytelling and collaborations with Herbie Hancock, to radioactive medical procedures and tours with St. Vincent, each composer involved is celebrated for their unfettered originality, yet unique in their creative process and experience. The composers self-selected an array of scientific minds which intrigued them musically, and which represent a range of research that has shaped humanity as a whole. All eight new works are inspired by and reflective of the scientist’s practice, and in some cases, even incorporate sounds sourced directly from their research. Co-curated by Zeigler and acclaimed composer-bandleader Graham Reynolds, “The Sound of Science” brings the two disciplines together in a celebration of their shared culture of inquiry, and invites audiences to explore the importance of – and connections between – different kinds of creation and discovery in the quest for a deeper understanding of the world around us and each other.

Commissioned by Golden Hornet. Co-commissioned by Kathleen & Harvey Guion. The Austin premiere is made possible in part by Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson.

From Fusebox
The eight compositions that comprise The Sound of Science are music made in the spirit of scientific inquiry. From historical figures, to living scientists practicing today, these scientists represent a diversity of fields, geographies, and eras. When we listen closely, we hear the complex mastery of these compositions, as well as the stakes of scientific exploration, whether they concern our changing climate or the function of the brain.

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