Oscar Bettison

Ensemble Klang

Thalia Theatre at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NYC

Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30pm

$25 ($20 with SONiCPass)

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Oscar Bettison's work demonstrates a willingness to work within and outside the confines of concert music. He likes to work with what he calls “cinderella instruments”, either by making percussion instruments (in the case of Junk) or by re-imagining other instruments (Krank, Cibola) as well as writing for instruments more common in rock music. More recent pieces have featured some electro-acoustic elements. His evening-long work O Death, is concerned with bringing all these strands together.

His teachers include Simon Bainbridge, Louis Andriessen, Martijn Padding and Steve Mackey. He holds a PhD from Princeton University and is on the composition faculty at the Peabody Conservatory. He has received commissions from: the Bang On A Can All-Stars, the BBC, Ensemble Klang, the London Sinfonietta, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New London Children's Choir, Orkest De Ereprijs, the Oxford Contemporary Music Festival, the Roundhouse (London) and the Tonlagen Festival (Dresden).

Upcoming projects include a new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, co-commissioned by the German contemporary music ensemble MusikFabrik. The world-premiere of the piece will take place in Los Angeles in April 2012 conducted by John Adams, with the European premiere to follow.