Flower Power, by Julia Wolfe
Julia Wolfe's new evening length mulit-media work, Flower Power, for the Bang on a Can All-Stars and orchestra, is about optimism, idealism, psychedelia, breaking with convention, and a little bit of love and peace. Julia writes: "My recent large-scale works have addressed important moments in American history. The same is true for Flower Power, though it has no text. As a post-60s child, I experienced the afterglow of the 1960s revolution. And the after-ring was still resounding in the late 1970s. There was a sense that a better world was possible. In the strange moment we are in now, 'when all the world is a hopeless jumble,' I think about that remarkable turning point in American history, and in American music - a time of new ideas, and hope. Flower Power draws on my memory of this political and artistic time period, harnessing the energy and power of liberation and activism. The new work features the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the house band of the collective that I helped to create 30 some years ago. I developed my artistic voice with this band, finding a new way of expression, and a new freedom. As I bring this aesthetic to the orchestra world and team up with the amazing Los Angeles Philharmonic, the fusion offers expansive possibilities."
Jeff Sugg - production design
Mark Grey - sound design/engineer
Andrew Cotton - sound design/engineer