One of the marquee events at this year’s Sonic Circuits Festival is the David Behrman Ensemble‘s performance Friday of “My Dear Siegfried,” a piece inspired by correspondence between Siegfried Sassoon (one of Britain’s famed World War I poets) and Behrman’s father, S.N. Behrman (a playwright and New Yorker writer). Like so much of the music at Sonic Circuits, it’s a work that never comes out the same way twice; in the video above, Behrman says D.C. audiences will be getting the latest version, which the ensemble also performed last week in New York. (Here’s a clip from a performance in early 2012.)
In explaining the composition (which includes sounds shaped live by Maximus music software), Behrman also happens to describe a significant part of the Sonic Circuits ethos: “It’s rather loose, and somewhat unpredictable, so that means that some performances are better than others, because it depends on … what’s in everybody’s mind … but I prefer that to more strict music, where these performers might be reading phrases.”
The David Behrman Ensemble performs “My Dear Siegfried” on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. The festival runs Sept. 28 to Sept. 30.