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Matthew Ritchie


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Long Count, The

Long Count, The

The Long Count, an ambitious creative collaboration between musicians-and twin brothers-Bryce Dessner and Aaron Dessner (acclaimed guitarists and songwriters for indie rock band The National) and world-renowned visual artist Matthew Ritchie. Jointly conceived by the three artists as a one-hour immersive multimedia experience exploring ideas of symmetry and creation, The Long Count weaves together disparate themes ranging from the hero twins of the Popul Vuh (a Mayan creation myth) to the epic 1976 World Series victory of the Cincinnati Reds over the New York Yankees (which occurred in the year of the Cincinnati-born Dessners' birth). Ritchie's large-scale sculptural environment frames a one-hour animated film made from the artist's intricate, biomorphic drawings. An evocative, complex score and song cycle composed and performed by the Dessners and a twelve-member chamber orchestra will be illuminated and sung by guest artists including fellow twins Kim and Kelley Deal (of seminal indie band The Breeders), Shara Worden (lead singer of My Brightest Diamond), and Matt Berninger (lead singer of The National). A re-creation myth for the 21st century, The Long Count constitutes a Next Wave Festival debut for all three collaborators.

created by Bryce Dessner, Aaron Dessner, And Matthew Ritchie

1st Produced:
BAM Opera House    28 Oct 2009


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