A techno tone poem on the voices and sounds of youth in detention
Handcuffs, metal detectors and slamming cell doors are striking musical instruments, and incarcerated teenagers are the streetwise chorus in composer Phillip Bimstein’s techno tone poem, Lockdown!
Bimstein’s “alternative classical” music has been
performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center,
Abravanel Hall and London’s Royal Opera House. His works often explore
social issues and tell stories in the subjects’ own voices. As a
songwriter, records by his Chicago new wave rock band, Phil ‘n’ the
Blanks, were college radio and MTV hits in the early 1980’s. Currently
he writes songs for the chamber folk ensemble, blue haiku. He combines these styles in Lockdown!
blue haiku premiered Lockdown! in a “Music in the Box” concert at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City in April 2006.
Bimstein and blue haiku (with support from Heart & Soul) also present Lockdown! at detention centers in outreach programs specially designed to stimulate introspective dialogue among the youth.
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For a performance or outreach program, or more information on Lockdown!, please email Lockdown