NonSeq: Tristan Gianola’s “Millennial Sunset”

Written in the wake of post-quarantine pandemic, Millennial Sunset is a new theatrical work by composer Tristan Gianola voicing the existential depression surrounding climate change, composed for narrator, electric guitar, amplified string quartet and electronics. Over thirteen movements, the piece follows a series of journal entries written by Gianola, documenting the depression of day to day life through late-stage capitalism, while carrying the looming fears of an inescapable collapse from the repercussions of climate change. 

Tristan Gianola – Composer/Electric Guitar/Electronics
Jake Sele – Narrator 
Heather Bentley – Amplified Violin
Alina To – Amplified Violin
Alex Guy – Amplified Viola 
Maria Schere Wilson – Amplified Cello 
(Artwork by V)

Tristan Gianola stands on his own as a classically trained composer and conductor raised on rock n’ roll, with an experimental mind driven by meticulous standards, DIY attitude, distaste for cliches and the neurotic desire for something new. He can be found leading multiple bands of variant original music, ranging from Guitar is Dead’s fiery punk-jazz shredding to Pink Lion’s serene electro-chamber music. From dancing around a busy sideman schedule as a prolific guitarist, producing a never-ending list of new projects, conducting classically influenced ensembles, to getting trapped in the studio for days; always looking ahead to new sounds and leaving an explorative trail of musical conquests behind. Nicknamed “Maestro” by his colleagues, Gianola is a restless force in music. He currently operates out of New Orleans, after relocating there from his hometown Seattle in 2016.

This concert will also be live streamed on LoudSwell.

Curated by Marina Albero for Nonsequitur’s NonSeq series.

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS: Following current mandates from King County & WA State public health officials, proof of vaccination status or recent negative COVID test result will be required for entry, and all audience members will be required to wear a mask covering nose and mouth. Windows will be open, weather permitting.