Arts and culture

Sessions from Studio A - LASKA

Aug 3, 2017
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

LASKA performs "Creatures" in WNIJ's Studio A.

LASKA performs "The Experiment" in WNIJ's Studio A.

LASKA performs "I Am Not Afraid Of The Sunrise Anymore" in WNIJ's Studio A.

Don't bother trying to pigeonhole the music of Aaron Martin and Dag Rosenqvist, who record under the name From the Mouth of the Sun. If their mission in this instrumental miniature is nothing more than beauty itself, they have succeeded on a disproportionate scale.

The music in "Light Blooms In Hollow Space" summons exactly what its title suggests. A simple, two-note piano figure ticks like a clock while wheezy organ chords slowly emerge and a sprinkle of ukuleles falls from above. The space may be hollow, but it's painted with impressionistic detail.

Mark Campbell is one of the most prolific and celebrated librettists in contemporary American opera. But, as he recently told an audience at the Guggenheim Museum, not everyone thought his latest project was a good idea.