We’ll be premiering the piece during the 2012-13 season, so be sure to keep an eye out for it. The work will be a part of our ever-growing RIOT Project, which will also includes works by Randall Woolf, Bob Ostertag, Frederic Rzewski, David T. Little and more, which re-examines the role of riots in the evolution of American culture.
Here’s what Ruby has to say about the project:
I’m really excited to be writing a piece for Newspeak. I heard them play a few months ago in Baltimore and it was love at first note. The piece I’ll be writing is a part of Newspeak’s RIOT project, in which several composers from various cities around the U.S. are exploring the history of riots taking place in their city. I thought it’d be interesting to look further back than the Civil Rights riots, and when I started reading, I found out about a massive bank riot that happened in Baltimore in 1835. The story of little guys fighting back against the rich few is strangely relevant to today’s political/economic downward spiral. I’m really looking forward to digging through documents at the Maryland Historical Society and the public library to see what I can piece together for a text.
We can’t wait to sink our teeth into it, Ruby!