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Sacred/Profane: the Music of Michael Pisaro and Guillaume de Machaut

  • Zipper Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA (map)

Michael PISAROWhen I Hear Light (2016)  World Premiere  
Guillaume de MACHAUTLa Messe de Nostre Dame
Guillaume de MACHAUTQuant j'ay l'espart 
Michael PISAROAsleep, Desert, Choir, Agnes (2016)  West Coast Premiere 

Michael Pisaro, electric guitar
Greg Stuart, percussion
The Dog Star Orchestra
MEC Early Music Consort 


Ever since its earliest days in the 1930s, Monday Evening Concerts has striven to find kindred musical spirits from diverse historical epochs.  In the third concert of our season, we pair the works of two composers: Michael Pisaro and Guillaume de Machaut. Pisaro, who lives in Los Angeles, is one of the foremost representatives of the Wandelweiser Group. Writing pieces that feature microtonal electric guitar, bowed percussion, field recordings, rustling pine cones and choir, Pisaro has garnered wide critical acclaim. His counterpart on this concert, Guillaume de Machaut, was one of the great poets and musicians of 14th Century France. While the surfaces of these respective composers' works differ greatly, by placing them side by side, we examine the deeper connections that exist between  these sublime artists separated by seven centuries.