LIVE VIDEO STREAM: A Far Cry on Friday, May 26 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET

A Far Cry and members of Silk Road premiere Vijay Iyer’s “City of Sand.”

by Maggie Molloy

New and familiar works from all corners of the globe come together this Friday night at A Far Cry’s concert collaboration with members from Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. And although the concert itself is in Boston (and also completely sold out), you can still hear every minute of this musical tour de force right here on Second Inversion during our live video stream of the performance this Friday, May 26 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET.

Joined by Silk Road members Kinan Azmeh (clarinet), Sandeep Das (tabla), Haruka Fujii (percussion), Joseph Gramley (percussion), and Wu Man (pipa), A Far Cry explores music from across the ages and around the world, ranging from Bartók’s famous Romanian Folk Dances to a brand new world premiere of Vijay Iyer’s City of Sand.

The world-ranging program features composers and music from about a dozen different countries, including India, Iran, China, Syria, Hungary, Finland, Sweden, America, Japan, and more. Check out the full program below, and click here for program notes.

Kayhan Kalhor: Gallop of a Thousand Horses
Zhao Jiping: Sacred Cloud Music
Kinan Azmeh: Ibn Arabi Postlude
Béla Bartók, arr. Arthur Willner: Romanian Folk Dances
Kojiro Umezaki: For Zero
Vijay Iyer: City of Sand (World Premiere)
Sandeep Das, arr. Jesse Irons: Tarang
JPP and Marin Marin, arr. Karl Doty & Erik Higgins: Finnish and Swedish Fiddle Tunes
Kinan Azmeh: Bass Duo
Sapo Parapaskero, arr. Ljova & Osvaldo Golijov: Turceasca

Visit our website on Friday, May 26 at 5pm PT / 8pm ET to watch the sold-out performance LIVE. To learn more about our live-streaming video broadcasts of A Far Cry, click here.

CATCHY STUFF FROM A FAR CRY

by Jill Kimball

You know what’s really impressive? Musicians who can conduct and play…at the same time.

That’s the whole concept behind A Far Cry, a collective of 17 awesome musicians (they call themselves “criers”), all of whom can lead or follow whenever necessary. This group is all about diverting expectations and experimenting with new ways to prepare, perform and present music.

They visited our studios to record some liners the other week…

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A Far Cry in our studios!

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In this exclusive clip, A Far Cry plays a collection of short pieces from composer Ljova, aka Lev Zhurbin, aka “a man about town”–or so says Jesse Irons! Bagels, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and weddings in New Jersey play a part. It’s fun, catchy, and the crowd went nuts. Hit play and give it a listen while you surf. It’s Fiddler on the Roof meets Bartok’s Rumanian Folk Dances meets… well, A Far Cry.