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Thursday, October 1, 2015

In Context: All Vows

Cellist Maya Beiser’s All Vows, featuring music by Led Zeppelin, David T. Little, Nirvana, Janis Joplin, Michael Gordon, and others, comes to BAM on October 14. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles and videos related to the show. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought below and by posting on social media using #AllVows.

Program Notes

All Vows (PDF)


“Matter and Memory: A Conversation with Bill Morrison” (
“Art is able to verbalize that this thing is happening now,” says Morrison. “It’s an act of history.”

On the Kol Nidrei (
Learn more about the Aramaic prayer behind works by Michael Gordon and Mohammad Fairouz.

Watch & Listen

TED Talk with Maya Beiser (
Beiser performs Steve Reich with seven copies of herself, plus video by Bill Morrison.

Maya Beiser on All Vows (YouTube)
All Vows is about boundary crossing, says Beiser.

Maya Beiser Shreds the Cello (
Stuffy Isaac Stern has it wrong, insists Beiser. Rock belongs on the cello as much as any other music.

Mohammed Fairouz Profile - Collaboration Culture (c) BBC World News (YouTube)
“I have to write in the maniacal grid that is Manhattan,” says the composer.”

“Bill Morrison: The Film Archeologist” (YouTube)
Get to know the filmmaker behind Beiser’s All Vows.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Is the cello an appropriate vehicle for grunge? Did you prefer the sacred Beiser or the profane? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #AllVows


  1. W O W !!! Maya Beiser a name to remember !

  2. Quite a fascinating program. Who knew there were so many similarities between de-constructed rock and "Bach on meth," in Beiser's phrase. The complex meditative scores of the second half were extraordinary. I almost wish they had skipped the power encore to let the mood linger.


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