FOR RELEASE Thursday, May 01, 2014

Featuring World Premieres by Luis Tinoco, Gabriel Prokofiev and Du Yun honor Seattle legends Bill Frisell, Sir Mix-A-Lot and Ray Charles; Post-concert DJ performance by Gabriel Prokofiev


Sonic Evolution

Seattle - Now in its third year, Seattle Symphony’s critically acclaimed Sonic Evolution project creates a bridge between the Symphony and Seattle’s storied reputation as launching pad for some of the most creative musicians on the popular music scene. In celebration of the past, present and future of our city’s musical legacy, Ludovic Morlot and the Seattle Symphony commissioned three world-class composers to write orchestral world premieres inspired by bands that launched from, or are related to, Seattle. Sonic Evolution is on June 6 at 8:00 p.m. in Benaroya Hall.

The program begins with the world premiere of composer Luís Tinoco’s FrisLand, a piece inspired by Grammy-winning jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Frisell has lived in Seattle since the late 80s and made an indelible mark on the music scene in Seattle and worldwide. The Seattle Symphony will then perform the world-premiere of Gabriel Prokofiev’s Dial 1-900 Mix-A-Lot, inspired by Seattle native and pioneering hip-hop artist Sir Mix-A-Lot. Following this, the orchestra will be joined on stage by Sir Mix-A-Lot for performances of two of his mega-hits, “Posse on Broadway” and “Baby Got Back,” orchestrated by Prokofiev, who is also a hip-hop/electronic producer.

After intermission, the Seattle Symphony will perform the world premiere of Du Yun’s Hundred Heads, inspired by the late Ray Charles, who lived in Seattle in his late teen years, a pivotal time in his life and musical development. The celebration of Seattle’s music scene continues when local band Pickwick joins the orchestra on stage for three of their songs, arranged for orchestra by David Campbell. Pickwick will perform “Brother Roland,” “Hacienda Motel,” and the world premiere of their new song, “Creature Comforts.”

Following the performance, the audience is invited to join DJ Gabriel Prokofiev in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby for an alt-classical DJ-set, from his ground-breaking Nonclassical Club Night.

UPDATE: Prokofiev, who is the grandson of classical composer Sergey Prokofiev, blogged about his previous work in hip-hop, Sir Mix-A-Lot as an artist, and his approach to composing Dial 1-900 Mix-A-Lot on his blog.

Past Sonic Evolution concerts have included the following works by up-and-coming composers, commissioned by the Seattle Symphony: Alexandra Gardner (Just Say Yes inspired by YES), Kenneth Hesketh (Knotted Tongues inspired by hip-hop group Blue Scholars), Arlene Sierra (Moler inspired by Alice in Chains); Vladimir Nikolaev (The Sinewaveland inspired by Jimi Hendrix), Cuong Vu (ONE inspired by Quincy Jones), and William Britelle (Obituary Birthday: A Requiem for Kurt Cobain inspired by Kurt Cobain). Local artists/bands who have performed with the Seattle Symphony at Sonic Evolution include Hey Marseilles (2012) and Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs (2013).

Sonic Evolution
Special Performances
Friday, June 6 at 8 pm

Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Sir Mix-A-Lot, MC
Seattle Symphony

LUÍS TINOCO FrisLand (World Premiere)

GABRIEL PROKOFIEV Dial 1-900 Mix-A-Lot (World Premiere)

SIR MIX-A-LOT “Posse on Broadway” / “Baby Got Back” (World Premiere)
/orch. Gabriel Prokofiev


DU YUN Hundred Heads (World Premiere)

PICKWICK “Brother Roland”
/arr. David Campbell

PICKWICK “Hacienda Motel”
/arr. David Campbell

PICKWICK “Creature Comforts” (World Premiere)
/arr. David Campbell

Following tonight's concert, in the Samuel & Althea Stroum Grand Lobby, composer Gabriel Prokofiev will present an alt-classical DJ-set, sampling his ground-breaking Nonclassical Club Night.

Concert tickets from $19 to $29 may be purchased at, through the Seattle Symphony’s new iPhone and Android apps, by calling the Seattle Symphony Ticket Office at (206) 215-4747, or by visiting the Ticket Office in Benaroya Hall, located on the corner of Union Street and Third Avenue. Ticket Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and Saturday, 1–6 p.m.

Concert sponsored by CTI BioPharma Corp. Media Sponsor: KEXP Sonic Evolution is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.