An offshoot of the Berlin/European club scene, “Yellow Lounge” is a classics-meets-club environment; its mission to present a new generation of vibrant artists tied to the classical tradition who break musical and cultural boundaries, in visually innovative and alternative spaces. With sold-out events already under its belt all over the world including London (Fabric), Amsterdam, Vienna and Seoul, Yellow Lounge is now poised for its American launch. Yellow Lounge kicks off in major cities across America in November at eclectic venues including an event at YoungArts in Miami that will inaugurate a new lounge/space designed by Frank Gehry as part of YoungArts’ new multidisciplinary arts campus.
Universal Music Classics has partnered with various like-minded presenters who share the common goal of bringing “classics” to a younger, wider and energized audience. Presenting partners of Yellow Lounge include The Sonos Studio in Los Angeles, WFMT Radio and City Winery in Chicago, Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, and the National YoungArts Foundation with Classical South Florida Radio 89.7 in Miami. All shows are open to the public with ticket prices of $20 or less, and will feature a guest DJ.
New York City’s Yellow Lounge will host banjoist Béla Fleck – winner of 15 Grammy Awards and nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history. His most recent recording – his debut as composer-performer and first for Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics — The Impostor, was released in August. The album showcases Fleck’s title concerto for banjo and symphony orchestra, as well as “Night Flight Over Water” for banjo and string quartet. For The Impostor concerto, the banjoist teamed with conductor Giancarlo Guerrero and the Nashville Symphony (who commissioned the work); for “Night Flight Over Water”, a work commissioned by Butler University, Fleck partnered with genre-bending quartet Brooklyn Rider. Brooklyn Rider will join Fleck on stage at Yellow Lounge in New York City as well.
Brooklyn Rider has been credited for “re-creating the 300-year-old form of the string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble” by NPR. Their most current album – A Walking Fire – was released in April on DG/Mercury Classics, and co-branded with In a Circle, the imprint started by Brooklyn Rider violinist Johnny Galdnelsman in 2008. The New York Times said, “Brooklyn Rider stands out for its consistent refinement, globe-spanning stylistic range, do-it-yourself gumption and integration of standard repertory works into the mix.” A Walking Fire features a seminal string quartet by Béla Bartók, alongside new works by contemporary Russian-American composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin and Brooklyn Rider’s Colin Jacobsen.
Internationally acclaimed guitarist Miloš Karadaglić will be the featured performer at all four Yellow Lounge dates in November, supporting his forthcoming third Deutsche Grammophon album, Canción, to be released November 5th. Canción n features new recordings of such popular pieces as “Bésame Mucho,” “The Girl from Ipanema,” and “Somos Novios,” alongside interpreted pieces by Piazzolla, Villa Lobos and Ravel’s “Bolero” among others. Miloš has been called “a charismatic, sensitive player,” by The New York Times, “one of the most galvanizing instrumentalists to emerge in recent years,” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, and “passionately eloquent about his craft“ by Billboard.
In Chicago on November 11th at City Winery, joining Miloš will be the Spektral Quartet, which has established itself as one of Chicago’s most intrepid and adroit ensembles. With a priority on evaporating the perceived boundary between traditional masterworks and the music of the present, Spektral concerts feature the likes of Beethoven and Mozart alongside Carter and Adés.
On November 22, as part of Yellow Lounge at YoungArts, Miloš will be joined by YoungArts alumni Andrea Jarrett (2009 YoungArts winner in Music/Violin and U.S. Presidential Scholar in Arts) and Peter Eom (2013 YoungArts Winner in Music/Cello and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts).
Nov 5 – Los Angeles @ Sonos Studio
Featuring Miloš Karadaglić
Nov 10 – New York City – @ Le Poisson Rouge
Featuring Miloš Karadaglić, Béla Fleck and Brooklyn Rider
Nov 11 – Chicago @ City Winery, Presented By WFMT
Featuring Miloš Karadaglić and Spektral Quartet
Nov 22 – Miami @ YoungArts, Presented By Classical South Florida 89.7
Featuring Miloš Karadaglić, Andrea Jarrett and Peter Eom,
and inaugurating a new space designed by Frank Gehry
Sonos Studio: http://www.sonos-studio.com/
City Winery Chicago: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/
WFMT Radio: http://www.wfmt.com/
Le Poisson Rouge: http://www.lepoissonrouge.com/
National YoungArts Foundation: http://www.youngarts.org/
Classical South Florida Radio: www.classicalsouthflorida.org