Complete reimagined Quartet for the End of Time
Drawing influences from Gregorian chant, Sacred Harp, Bulgarian folk music and their own songwriting, Founders has created a dutifully reverent yet daring homage to Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. The program, titled “Songs for the End of Time,” also features original songs and compositions by Founders illustrating themes of love, the divine and the final apocalypse.
Founders will be joining several NYC musicians to perform an evening of Beatles arrangements to celebrate Brandon Ridenour’s CD release of “Come Together”. Brandon’s arrangements of over 15 Beatles songs - utilizing over 20 musicians and multiple ensembles - commemorates the 50th anniversary of the song Come Together, written by John Lennon in 1969.
Founders performs the NYC premier of Sacred Space, a 7-song cycle of original works featuring the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. Combining musical styles of plainchant, West Coast jazz, and neoclassicism, this cycle is a somber yet unorthodox exploration of spiritual life. The title, Sacred Space, alludes to the interweaving of religion, reverence, and death - some of the most central themes in Poe's writings.
Founders will also be integrating arrangements of Messiaen's Quartet For The End Of Time, Radiohead, and original songs to complement and illuminate the solemn themes of Sacred Space.
In the same way that Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle was written for tenor voice as the disheartened lover, Founders will be featuring tenor Ben Russell in this evenings song cycle about the cold bitter loss of sanity and love. In addition to pieces from Founders debut album, which range from Appalachian Folk originals to classically modernized Radiohead covers, the program will also include a premiere from the ensemble, which utilizes text from a poem by Wilhelm Müller also found in Winterreise.