Invisible Anatomy Presents: Grant Wallace Band

Invisible Anatomy Presents: Grant Wallace Band

Tue, April 11, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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Composer-performer ensemble Invisible Anatomy (IA) launches IA PRESENTS, a new series featuring performances with and by like-minded colleagues who are changing the landscape of new music presentation. Formed in 2014 by six graduates of the Yale School of Music, IA creates and dramatizes shows from the ground up by writing and performing all new compositions. The group harnesses elements from classical, jazz, experimental rock, performance art and theater, combining an omnivorous stylistic palette, virtuosic physicality, and dramatic visuals.

In its inaugural IA presents concert, IA will be joined by Grant Wallace Band, a trio of composer-performers whose work has been praised as “a weird, rhythmically complex landscape of proto-bluegrass” (Time Out Chicago). GWB will present the New York premiere of music from their new album By This Time Tomorrow, their take on a straight-ahead, windows-down road trip album.

Invisible Anatomy will perform selections from TRANSFIGURE, the group’s third evening-length musical composition, presented here in new arrangements, with integrated lighting design and choreography. Co-composed by all six members of the group, TRANSFIGURE sparks intangible, tectonic, subcutaneous changes.
Invisible Anatomy
Invisible Anatomy
Invisible Anatomy is a composer-performer ensemble that explores the human body as the most fundamental aspect of music creation and performance. Incorporating elements from classical, jazz, experimental rock, performance art and theater, Invisible Anatomy (IA) creates performances that combine an omnivorous stylistic palate, virtuosic physicality, and dramatic visual presentation. IA’s inaugural show BODY PARTS dismembered, manipulated, and reanimated bodies in performance – creating a chattering chorus of woodblock teeth and screaming eyes on TV screens. After the group’s 2015 debut concerts in New York City, they were invited to China for three shows, including a featured solo concert at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. IA’s second season opened with an intimate house concert of BODY PARTS hosted by David Lang, followed by the world premiere of Dissections at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, which was the subject of a full-length feature in the Village Voice. IA performed DISSECTIONS at Pomona College and The Blue Whale in Los Angeles in February 2016, and appeared on Heartbeat Opera’s Collaboret Series; at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn; at the Yale School of Music in New Haven; and at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in Manhattan. The group was the runner-up in the 2016 SAVVY Chamber Competition at the University of South Carolina School of Music, and recorded their debut studio album in June.

On Halloween 2016, IA produced FUNHOUSE, an immersive presentation of art installations and performances in a prewar Victorian Harlem brownstone. Upcoming engagements include a gala performance hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, an evening-length show at Roulette in Brooklyn, as well as appearing on the Detroit Institute of Art's Friday Night Live series in March 2017.

IA’s members have been awarded honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, American Composers’ Forum, and the China National Arts Fund. IA is fiscally sponsored by Bang on a Can, and is the recipient of a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant.
Grant Wallace Band
Grant Wallace Band
Grant Wallace Band is a trio of composer-performers weaving a diaphanous sound from threads of new music, modern jazz, and old-time folk styles. Composing through a uniquely collaborative process, Ben Hjertmann (voice), Chris Fisher-Lochhead (viola), and Luke Gullickson (piano) draw inspiration from outsider artists including the band's namesake. The New York Times described their music as "spidery original bluegrass songs, featuring ambiguous harmonies and high-lonesome yelps," and Time Out Chicago opined, "If Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt had gone on a triple-date with John Fahey, Dock Boggs and Bill Monroe to an Anton Webern concert, you'd be somewhere in the neighborhood of Grant Wallace Band." The group's first album is currently in production.