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Liquid Music series to flow with Poliça, Tunde Adebimpe in 2016-17



It may take place under the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s umbrella, but the adventure-minded Liquid Music series is all about stepping outside the safe zone of classical music. The 2016-17 season announced Tuesday promises some risky business by artists who normally rock the concert stage.

The moody, rhythm-driven Twin Cities pop band Poliça and TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe are involved in two of the four world premieres to be featured next season.

Another concert will spotlight saxophonist Colin Stetson, a frequent collaborator with Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, who’ll open the season Sept. 30 at Walker Art Center (a co-presenter) with “Sorrow,” billed as a reimagining of Henryk Górecki’s pathfinding 3rd Symphony.

Poliça follows Nov. 18 at the Fitzgerald Theater with a new work developed in collaboration with Berlin ensemble stargaze. “Music for the Long Emergency” was inspired by a book that predicts the collapse of industrial society.

“It’s time for us to stretch ourselves out of the path that we’ve been on for a while, and be challenged by new people,” Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh says in a video on the project’s Indiegogo crowdfunding site.

Tunde Adebimpe

Tunde Adebimpe

The season closes May 18-20, 2017, with Adebimpe’s “A Warm Weather Ghost,” another copresentation at the Walker. A stage piece that includes visual art by the singer, it’s described as a surreal work “conceived as a hero’s narrative pushed through a psychedelic fever dream.” 

Other premieres will come from jazz trumpet phenom Ambrose Akinmusire – who was featured on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning album “To Pimp a Butterfly” – and vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, working with aural collagist Nick Zammuto.

Liquid Music also will lay the groundwork for what promises to be an exciting event in 2017-18, as the genre-mashing flutist Nathalie Joachim begins a “virtual residency” to develop a project exploring Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music.

Tickets are on sale for the full season as well as individual concerts. See the Liquid Music site for details on these shows:

Colin Stetson: “Sorrow”
Fri, Sept. 30 at the Walker

Polica & stargaze: “Music for the Long Emergency”
Fri, Nov. 18 at the Fitzgerald

David Lang: “darker”
Sat, Dec. 3, 2016  at Ordway Concert Hall

Ambrose Akinmusire
Feb. 15, 2017 at Amsterdam Bar & Hall

Sarah Kirkland Snider: “Unremembered”
March 11, 2017 at Ted Mann Concert Hall

Roomful of Teeth with Nick Zammuto
April 5, 2017 at Aria in Minneapolis

Bedroom Community and Friends: “Where Words End”
May 9, 2017 at American Swedish Institute’s Turnblad Mansion

Tunde Adebimpe: “A Warm Weather Ghost”
May 18-20, 2017 at the Walker

Bakken Museum is first in Minnesota to be a Smithsonian Affiliate

Bakken Museum, Star Tribune photo by David Brewster

Museum franchise expansion is all the rage these days. The Louvre will open a branch in Abu Dhabi later this year. In March, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York took over the former Whitney Museum building and dubbed it the Met Breuer. Now the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. has expanded to Minneapolis. Sort of.

The Bakken Museum has been named a Smithsonian Affiliate which means it will share research, collaborate on exhibitions, and borrow items from the Smithsonian’s 136 million piece collection. It’s the first Smithsonian Affiliate in Minnesota, but one of more than 200 in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

Bakken staff helped produce a “Medical Alley” show at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in 2015 and are planning a related show about “Minnesota’s Biomedical Revolution” in 2017.

Located in a mansion overlooking Lake Calhoun, the Bakken showcases scientific inventions, especially in electricity and magnetism.