June 29, 2024, 2:00 pm: Surreal Rhythms at the Modern

Inspired by the vibrant transcultural fusion of the Modern’s exhibition Surrealism and Us, Sounds Modern has curated a concert of three works that weave Afro-Caribbean and European musical threads together into new and vivid tapestries of sound. Recent Dallas Symphony composer-in-residence Angélica Negrón refers to the Puerto Rican bomba, a dance style with African roots, in Quimbombó – which is also the name of a classic stewed okra dish. Pulitzer prize winner Tania León’s A Tres Voces finds unity within dissonance and disconnection, bringing echoes of Latin rhythms into an avant-garde musical language. Julius Eastman’s Stay On It explores individual expression in community, driven by the intensity of a Cuban son clave rhythm.

This final concert of Sounds Modern’s 2023-24 season features performances by vocalist Sarah Ruth Alexander, violist Mike Capone, violinists Mia Detwiler and Andrew May, bassists Matthew Frerck and Kory Reeder, pianist Stephen Lucas, flutist and Sounds Modern director Elizabeth McNutt, percussionists Mel Mobley and Patrick Overturf, and cellist Kourtney Newton.

The event starts at 2:00 pm CST on Saturday, June 29, 2024, in the auditorium of the Modern, 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Admission is free and open to the public. The event will also be live streamed at The Modern’s YouTube channel, where you can also find other recent Sounds Modern performances. Click here to see complete program information.