Dubbed “an epiphany” by The New York Times, The Yehudim is a mixed ensemble of voices, vintage keyboards, electric guitars and basses, and percussion, conceived and directed by composer and New Amsterdam co-director Judd Greenstein. Taking the composer-led super-groups of the 1970s as inspiration – from Philip Glass, Steve Reich and Meredith Monk to Fela Kuti, Isaac Hayes and Herbie Hancock – The Yehudim explores characters from the Hebrew Bible, using the strange stories of their lives and the ancient writings around their characters to weave contemporary narratives that are Passions for our time.
Roomful of Teeth perform an integrated set featuring new work by Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and electro-acoustic composer and New Amsterdam co-director William Brittelle written for the astoundingly talented multi-stylistic 8-person vocal group. Roomful studies and incorporates non-classical vocal practices, combines them with western styles, and develops new compositions using the fullest possible range of vocal techniques. The set will include Garbus performing selections from the tUnE-yArDs catalog with Roomful as backing group, and the world premiere of a new arrangement by William Brittelle for the octet backed by The Yehudim.
Ecstatic™ Summer is a production of New Amsterdam Presents in association with the Kaufman Center.