Their new project “In Transit” takes the shape of four distinct, stand-alone events, all presented free in various venues through May of next year. “In Transit” also employs a kind of narrative structure, with the stories told in real-time using social media via imaginary character profiles created by writer Rebekah Scallet (who also wrote "The Weaver’s Tales”), director Robert Quinlan, and animator Jay Nolte. The audience will see the developing tale projected on a screen while the musicians play music selected specifically to fit the narrative arc. The final portion of each concert will allow audience members to tweet their “hopes for the characters and communities involved in the show, allowing the words of the audience to dictate the characters’ actions and bring the story to a close as the music finishes”
Monday’s performance happens at Preston Bradley Hall in the Chicago Cultural Center and includes pieces by Mozart, Villa-Lobos, Cage, and John Elmquist.
Below you can check out a short trailer for the series.
Masayuki Takayanagi and New Directions, Independence: Tread on Sure Ground (Tiliqua)
Lattimore Brown, Nobody Has to Tell Me (Soulscape)
Lucio Capece and Radu Malfatti, Berlinerstrasse 20 (B-Boim)
Embalo Trio, Embalo Trio (Sony Music/RCA Victor)
Lage Lund, Unlikely Stories (Criss Cross)