“I’m not really concerned with purists, or with some external sense of musical or acoustic purity,” says the New Hampshire-based composer and percussionist Nathan Davis. The seriousness with which Davis takes this sentiment becomes self-evident quickly enough. No less than five of Davis’ mind-and-ear bending compositions are on the June 2 program for the Big Festival’s cultishly popular new music series Music in Time, foregrounded by a 30-minute 2011 work entitled “Bells” that turns any notion of musical purity — even the premise of musicianship itself — on its head.
Nathan Davis is at the forefront of integrating new technologies into his lyric and reflective music. In Bells, live electronic processing is used organically with acoustic instruments to reveal subtle complexities of sound. —Patrick Sharbaugh
Approx. 1 hour, 15 minutes. Part of Spoleto Festival USA's Music in Time series.