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The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Robert Mapplethorpe-inspired Performances

Posted on October 16, 2017
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The National’s Bryce Dessner Announces Robert Mapplethorpe-inspired Performances

The National’s Bryce Dessner has scored a new musical performance called Triptych (Eyes of One on Another). The multimedia project is focused on the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, famous for his documentation of gay communities in the 1970s and controversial subject matter. Dessner collaborated with multi-disciplinary artist Korde Arrington Tuttle, director Daniel Fish, and video designer Jim Findlay to create Triptych—Dessner’s compositions are performed by Roomful of Teeth, a nine-person vocal ensemble, and a chamber orchestra. It also features poetry by Patti Smith and Essex Hemphill.

The project’s debut performance will happen at the Los Angeles Philharmonic on March 5, and will be traveling to Ann Arbor, Washington D.C., and Brooklyn.

Dessner recently contributed to Paul Simon’s In the Blue Light with an arrangement on a rework of “Can’t Run But.” Dessner and Justin Vernon’s Eaux Claires festival this summer featured performances from Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and others.