Tarik’s Taxi: live performance on Q2

In a live broadcast streaming from Q2, the evocative and haunting The Taxi by Tarik O’Regan, performed by the Young People’s Chorus of New York City.

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Image credit: ChesterNovello

The combination of children’s voices, vibraphone and electric bass occupies a similar tonal and rhythmic landscape to O’Regan’s mighty  I Sleep But My Heart Waketh, in its central section; the setting of Amy Lowell’s poem seems to occupy a plane of contemplation which is beyond the high-speed pace of contemporary urban life, achieved by repeating ostinati and cluster chords that avoid a concrete tonal centre.

The poem examines the colliding ideas, where a sense of loss is heightened by the sharp edges of city life, and the metallic sheen in the vibraphone’s pulsing chords, imitated in the bass, drive the central section’s awareness of isolation brought on by the city streets.

There are other pieces from the Extended Play festival concert on Q2 to explore as well.

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