MoonStrike celebrates the Apollo space program and NASA through multicultural new music and art inspired by American Indian moon legends, Turkish folk music, and poetry.
Emmy-winning Chickasaw composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate’s MoonStrike headlines the program, a multidisciplinary work that explores American Indian moon legends as narrated by astronaut John Herrington, the first Native American to fly in space, and new artwork by award-winning Chickasaw artist Dustin Illetewahke Mater.
This performance also highlights the traditional music of Turkey and Anatolia through newly commissioned music by Turkish-born composer Erberk Eryılmaz, featuring a work to be sent to the moon as part of Carnegie Mellon University’s MoonArk program. Renowned instrumentalist Ismail Lumanovski, the first Roma clarinetist to graduate from The Juilliard School, joins as guest artist along with Jesús Pacheco (percussion) and Molly Tutt (double bass).
Finally, Apollo honors the Irish heritage of Apollo 11 astronauts with a Samuel Beckett-inspired commission for string quartet and electronics by Mark Wingate and Grammy-winning composer and Houston native Christopher Theofanidis.
Houston-based Apollo Chamber Players “performs with rhythmic flair and virtuosity” (The Strad) and “recasts music for a diverse and multi-ethnic generation” (Strings Magazine). The ensemble’s globally inspired programming and multicultural new music commissions have garnered international acclaim, including sold-out performances at Carnegie Hall and in Havana, Cuba, a Chamber Music America Residency Partnership award, and regular features on American Public Media’s Performance Today.
Apollo Chamber Players is violinists Matthew J. Detrick (founder) and Anabel Ramirez Detrick; violist Whitney Bullock; and cellist Matthew Dudzik.
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