Stacy Garrop – Rites for the Afterlife
Michael Gilbertson – Kinds of Light
Niloufar Nourbakhsh – Firing Squad
– Intermission –
Theo Chandler – Seed to Snag
Jeff Scott – Homage to Paradise Valley (poetry by Marsha Music)
Akropolis Reed Quintet’s 4th album, Ghost Light, released on April 9, 2021 and already hailed by The Wire, U.K. as “audibly driven by real excitement and a sense of adventure,” is now available as a touring program specifically designed to aid presenters in creatively reopening their venues to live audiences with an intentional sense of community. Mirroring the live stream concert that Akropolis delivered on the album release date, the event will be staged by Akropolis with intimate lighting and include a ghost light from the presenting venue, or another in the community.
Featuring five original works commissioned by Akropolis, Ghost Light is a meditation on life, death, and rebirth “performed with faultless detail and refreshing artistry” (I Care if You Listen). The program shines a light on the ghosts all around us and grapples with the issues of mortality and our personal and collective history. Living, learning, and growing in their own bubble for the last 12 months, Akropolis has developed their own, reignited purpose: to bring world class music to everyday people through human connection. As you endeavor to do the same in your community, Ghost Light provides an ideal setting with diverse works from composers Stacy Garrop, Michael Gilbertson, Niloufar Nourbakhsh, Theo Chandler, and Jeff Scott, including original poetry by Detroit artist and historian, Marsha Music.