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Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Lounge Regime: 100 Years of Ambient Music

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox: Lounge Regime: 100 Years of Ambient Music

Monday, November 9, 2015 8:00 PM

Mason Bates's KC Jukebox

Take an immersive journey back through a century of ambient music, from today's electronica to 1970s minimalism to the "furniture music" of 1930s Paris with Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center's new Composer-in-Residence.

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Lounge Regime: 100 Years of Ambient Music

Take an immersive journey back through a century of ambient music, from today's electronica to 1970s minimalism to the "furniture music" of 1930s Paris. Over the course of the evening, guests will progressively move through three distinct standing-only "lounge spaces," each designed to represent a different musical era using evocative lighting and unique stagecraft. Colorful casts of vocalists, instrumentalists, and DJs bring each of these eras to life while guests can roam freely and enjoy a full-service cash bar. One specialty cocktail--an absinthe concoction evocative of 1930s Paris--is free with every ticket.
 
First, patrons will enter a lounge space featuring modern ambient electronica, including compositions by Aphex Twin, Brian Eno, Mouse on Mars, and other artists, spun by DJ Masonic (Mason Bates) and DJ Justin Reed. 

Next, attendees will transition to a lounge highlighting 1970s minimalism, featuring the work of iconoclasts Steve Reich and La Monte Young. 

Finally, the audience will move into a large space that recalls the "furniture music" of Paris salons from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Works by Erik Satie, Pierre Schaeffer, and Francis Poulenc will be performed. 

To conclude the evening, guests can attend an after-party until 10 p.m., featuring DJ entertainment and a cash bar.

Performance Timing: Approximately 80 minutes, followed by a 40-minute After-Party

The evening's artists include:
Justin Reed, DJ
Mason Bates (DJ Masonic), DJ
Michael Bowie, bass
Third Coast Percussion
Esteli Gomez, soprano
And members of the National Symphony Orchestra

ABOUT MASON BATES'S KC JUKEBOX
"Mr. Bates has built a national reputation as an innovator. For nearly a decade, he has been hailed as one of the young saviors of classical music..."
--The New York Times
 
Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center's new Composer-in-Residence, is renowned for fusing innovative orchestral writing, imaginative narrative forms, the harmonies of jazz, and the rhythms of techno into his genre-bending creations. The San Francisco Chronicle says his "cheerful disregard for stylistic boundaries is a godsend."
 
A DJ and active advocate of bringing classical music to new audiences and spaces, Bates returns to curate KC Jukebox, an adventurous new Kennedy Center concert series. Using an inventive mix of cutting-edge technology, evocative lighting, and dynamic electro-acoustic palettes--and bringing together forward-thinking instrumentalists, vocalists, and DJs from Washington and beyond--these concerts will spotlight the works of living composers as filtered through Bates's signature re-imagining of the classical music experience. Read more about Mason Bates.

Program & Notes

Composer
Piece
Steve Reich
LaMonte Young
Erik Satie
Erik Satie
Erik Satie
Furniture Music
(excerpt, arr. Mason Bates)

Watch and Listen

Mason Bates previews KC Jukebox: Lounge Regime: 100 Years of Ambient Music

Lounge Regime: 100 Years of Ambient Music