Aventa Ensemble: Black Box What?
Roulette (509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn)

Canada’s remarkable Aventa Ensemble performs a percussion heavy program featuring the US premiere of Simon Steen-Andersen’s Black Box Music for percussion solo, amplified box, 15 instruments and video. In this piece, the revered young composer experiments with the stage as instrument. Black Box Music could be said to be a deconstruction of conducting and puppet theater as well as an exploration and exploitation of the audio/visual relations inherent in conducting and staging. Rolf Wallin’s masterful percussion duo Twine for xylophone and marimba also receives its US premiere. Filling out the program are additional works by Laurie Radford, Michel Gonneville, and Kaija Saariaho.

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