Ted Moore's "Gilgamesh & Enkidu"

October 30, 2014

Ted Moore's Gilgamesh & Enkidu for string quartet and SuperCollider will be performed by the Enkidu String Quartet on Thursday, Nov. 6 as part of Zeitgeist's 6th Annual New Music Cabaret. Ted explains how the work came to life and answers the question we've all been asking: what is SuperCollider? 

Gilgamesh & Enkidu is about existential angst. It's about loss. It's about wanting to achieve something really, really badly, and failing—but it's also about how to overcome the sense of failure. It's about letting go. It's about finding wisdom in devastation and bouncing back to be a stronger person.

The idea for this project, Gilgamesh & Enkidu, came from a colleague of mine who was teaching a course on ancient history. He told me about the epic story and I was immediately drawn to it's existential themes. It's a literary narrative that mirrors many of the musical narratives I create through my work. My colleague thought it would make for a good opera, however, at the time I wasn't interesting in writing an opera, but instead wanted to add my voice to the string quartet tradition. 

In addition to the common string quartet, this piece also uses SuperCollider. SuperCollider is not a physical object, but a programming language specially designed for working with audio (yeah, I wrote the music and a whole bunch of computer code too!). Each of the string players have a microphone, which SuperCollider and I use to record their sound, manipulate it in various ways, and then play it back through the four speakers surrounding the audience. Sounds whoosh by and spin around the audience, creating a truly immersive environment.

I'm really excited to have the Enkidu Quartet playing on the Cabaret. Although they didn't exist formally as a quartet before the project, this will be the fifth time that they have performed this work. It's been awesome to watch them develop the piece, adding their own expertise and taking ownership of the performance, which makes for a more epic experience.

You should come to Gilgamesh & Enkidu at Zeitgeist's Cabaret. Get your heart strings tugged and your ear drums rattled. It's gonna be epic.

--Ted Moore

Ted Moore's "Gilgamesh & Enkidu"
at Zeitgeist's 6th Annual New Music Cabaret

Thursday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
(preceded by the Young Performer Showcase, followed by Zeitgeist and Nautilus Music Theater)

Studio Z, 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200
St. Paul


A four-day festival of new music from multiple genres, Zeitgeist’s 6th Annual New Music Cabaret highlights cutting-edge performances from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene. An eclectic mix of the music of our time, this year’s cabaret includes performances by Zeitgeist, ANCIA Saxophone Quartet, Nautilus Music Theater, Steve Kenny Quartet, Ted Moore’s Gilgamesh and Enkidu, and more. Attend one or all shows for $10 per night. 

Ted Moore's other upcoming performances:

if two things don't fit, but you believe both of them, thinking that somewhere, hidden, there must be a third thing that connects them (world premiere)
presented by Kyle Hutchins and Alyssa Anderson 
Gamut Gallery, Mpls., Nov. 1, 7:30pm

Persephone (world premiere)
live music and dance
Cowles Center for Dance, Mpls., Dec. 4-6


Struck Percussion at Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret

October 29, 2014

Struck Percussion is excited to present an eclectic set of works for percussion ensemble at Zeitgeist's 6th Annual New Music Cabaret. Operating at 3/4's strength (quartet member Bo Hoover is studying in Ireland for a year), Struck decided to put together a diverse set of percussion trios for their performance on November 7th at 7:30 p.m.

Music from Brazil, France, and Minnesota will be featured. Cadencia para Berimbau by Ney Rosauro will feature Adam Rappel as soloist on Berimbau. Minnesota co...

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Phil Fried's "Locket Arias" at Zeitgeist's New Music Cabaret

October 27, 2014

Zeitgeist's annual New Music Cabaret welcomes performers from the fringe of the Twin Cities music scene to present the eclectic variety of new music in our community. This year, Nautilus Music Theater will take the stage on Thursday, Nov. 6th to present selections illustrating storytelling through music, including excerpts from Locket Arias, a new opera by composer Phil FriedPhil kindly offers some insight and background to his new work. 

“Locket Arias” is an operatic setting of a play o...

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Radio K's Sound Grammar presents George Cartwright's "Pal"

October 6, 2014

Radio K’s Sound Grammar is pleased to present the premiere performance of saxophonist and composer George Cartwright’s newest group, Pal! This is creative music at its finest, so come out all you avant-humans! 

We first pitched the idea of doing a “George Cartwright celebration” to George in early August. We should have known he would decline. George is remarkably modest. Luckily, he had another suggestion. He want to put together a new band as a kind of improvised-music supergroup. We...

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Michael Garcia Remembers Eleanor Hovda

October 4, 2014

A native Duluthian who returned in her adulthood to her home town, remembering and reflecting on Eleanor is an amazing task.  While small in stature, Eleanor lived life BIG and at a pace few could match.

Those who worked with her got to know her very well and feel the loss of her death and the privacy she put around herself at the end as a great challenge.  We have to learn to go on, accept that we knew her, that she knew us, that we will always think lovingly of one another but that for most ...

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Developing "If Tigers Were Clouds" with Eleanor Hovda

September 30, 2014

This weekend, Zeitgeist will present the first concert of our 2014-2015 season. Included among many compelling musical selections will be If Tigers Were Clouds by Eleanor Hovda. Eleanor wrote If Tigers Were Clouds in collaboration with Zeitgeist in 1994, during a residency at the Fleisher Art Music in Philadelphia. 

Our work together was made possible through the Music in Motion program created by Joseph Franklin, then artistic director of the Relache New Music Ensemble. Music in Motion placed...

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Jeff Lambert's "From Afar, the Dragon Calls"

September 29, 2014

Guitarist and composer Jeff Lambert has recently completed a brand new work written for Zeitgeist entitled From Afar, the Dragon Calls. The work will received its world premiere this weekend at Zeitgeist's season opener at Studio Z. We were delighted to chat with Jeff about his new piece and his work as a composer and performer. 

Tell us about the new piece you wrote for Zeitgeist. 

From Afar, the Dragon Calls is scored for soprano saxophone, piano and 2 percussion (marimba, cymbals, snare drum...

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Lisa Ragsdale's "September Skies"

September 11, 2014

This Sunday, September 14, The University of Minnesota Wind Quintet will perform September Skies, a concert of works by Minneapolis composer Lisa Ragsdale. Lisa has composed works for mixed chorus as well as a variety of solo and chamber ensemble works for winds and brass, with a special emphasis on woodwinds. Sunday’s concert includes four premiere performances and the reprise of “In a Dark Time,” her second wind quintet. Lisa shares the inspiration behind these new works below. 


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Zeitgeist's 2014-15 Season

September 8, 2014

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2014-15 series of cabarets, performances and celebrations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown:

New Discoveries, Old Favorites
Oct. 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 5, 2 p.m.

Zeitgeist kicks off the 2014-15 season with the debut of the ensemble’s newest member, pianist Nicola Melville. A concert of favorites both old and new, the season opener features the world premiere of From Afar, the Dragon Calls by Minnesota composer Jeffrey Lambert, new music by Joshua Harris ...

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Zeitgeist Announces Pianist Nicola Melville

August 25, 2014

Zeitgeist is pleased to introduce the newest member of the ensemble, pianist Nicola Melville! Zeitgeist is delighted to welcome Nicola into the ensemble as they look ahead to a season of new music and new collaborations. Stay tuned for details about Zeitgeist’s 2014-2015 season to find out when you can meet Nicola and hear her perform! 

US-based New Zealand pianist Nicola Melville has been described as “having an original and intelligent musical mind” (Waikato Times), “a marvelous pian...

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