Loving the Chambered Nautilus is a new series of retro-futuristic electro-acoustic chamber pieces composed by William Brittelle and performed by violist Nadia Sirota, cellist Clarice Jensen and members of ACME (The American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and yMusic, two of new music’s finest professional chamber ensembles. The project re-imagines chamber music for the 21st century, juxtaposing the energy and sonic language of pop drum and synth programming with classical forms and instrumentation, resulting in propulsive and visceral music. Each work in the Loving the Chambered Nautilus series was composed by Brittelle to highlight Sirota and Jensen’s remarkable rhythmic precision and crystalline tone against a backdrop of his programmed electro landscapes. The project melds Brittelle’s past large-scale art pop projects Mohair Time Warp and Television Landscape with his background in traditional classical composition. Loving the Chambered Nautilus (at the time entitled Future Shock) debuted in August 2010 at the renowned classically-oriented nightclub Le Poisson Rouge in New York, and has since been featured at the String Theory Festival in Minneapolis and San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival. The full premiere of the project took place in a two night run at NYC’s The Kitchen in May, 2012. The project was released on New Amsterdam Records in June of 2012.
Loving the Chambered Nautilus is designed to be tour-able and can be presented in a variety of settings – from concert halls, to art galleries, to night clubs. Due to the inclusion of a pre-recorded electronic track on all pieces, a working PA is required at all venues. When possible, the instruments should be amplified as well (musicians will provide their own microphones). William Brittelle will be present at all shows to “perform” the backing track. The artists are available for education outreach and/or masterclasses in conjunction with performances.