January 21, 2017 | 8 pm | Live Arts Los Angeles

Battle Trance's Blade of Love is an elemental composition that aims to fulfill the tenor saxophone's expansive potential as an ensemble instrument. Working within the intimate intersection of the human body/breath and the saxophone, Blade of Love is a spiritual and enigmatic work with a deep emotional resonance.

Equal Sound finds the connections between this brand new, major work for a saxophone quartet from New York and some of the oldest known western music, beginning with the chants of Hildegard von Bingen, who lived in the 1100s, through the liturgical music of the middle ages by way of Machaut, and into today with pieces for string quartet from Caroline Shaw and Aleksandra Vrebalov.


Hildegard Von Bingen - O Virtus Sapiente
Caroline Shaw - Valencia
Aleksandra Vrebalov - My Desert, My Rose
Guillaume de Machaut - Kyrie I
Battle Trance - Blade of Love

Battle Trance is:

Travis Laplante, Patrick Breiner, Matt Nelson, and Jeremy Viner, saxophones

Other works performed by:

Madeline Falcone, violin
Emily Call, violin
Diana Wade, viola
Betsy Rettig, cello

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