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Laws of Nature

Thursday, February 11, 2016 | 7:30 pm
Co-presented by Pioneer Works
Pioneer Works | 159 Pioneer Street | Brooklyn, NY
Suggested donation $10

Friday, February 12, 2016 | 7:30 pm
The Sanctuary at Murray's | 73 Broadway | Tivoli, NY
$20 General admission | Free for students

"So: enough of this terror.
We deserve to know light,
and grow evermore lighter and lighter."

— Joanna Newsom, Sawdust and Diamonds

Laws of Nature is an evening of music that plays with our conception of time and space, giving perspective on the brisk pace of everyday life. Each composer ponders the physical and emotional experience of their native landscape, from Iceland to Australia to California.

Laws of Nature features a world premiere by visionary Icelandic-Canadian composer Fjóla Evans, a trance-inducing multimedia work by Australian composer Kate Moore, a brooding and powerful piece by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and a new arrangement of a dazzling and intricate Joanna Newsom song.


Anna Thorvaldsdottir (b. 1977): Streaming Arhythmia (2007)
Kate Moore (b. 1979): Days and Nature (2012) — with a Contemporaneous-commissioned sound sculpture by Eric Farber

— Intermission —

Fjóla Evans (b. 1987): NÓTT (2016) — world premiere; commissioned by Contemporaneous
Joanna Newsom (b. 1982): Sawdust and Diamonds (2006) — Contemporaneous-commissioned world premiere arrangement by Dylan Mattingly

These performances and the partnered educational outreach programs are generously underwritten by the Ellis L. Phillips Foundation.

Earlier Event: October 15
Contemporaneous at Park Avenue Armory Gala
Later Event: March 21
The Two Halves Release