A Book of Hours is Bob’s first ensemble project in nearly twenty years, and his current main priority for live performances.
The project began as a commission from WDR 3 open: studio akustische kunst. The world premiere radio broadcast was presented on Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Radio Köln, February 17, 2012. The recording was then released for Internet download, also in 2012. The ensemble included Theo Bleckmann, Shelley Hirsch, and Phil Minton (voice), and Roscoe Mitchell (sax).
The world premiere performance was presented at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March 2015. The ensemble included Bleckmann and Minton, as well as Audrey Chen (voice) and Henrik Monkeby Nørstebø (trombone).
La Nación published this interview the day of the concert.
The performance received a glowing review in Clarin.
The European premiere was presented at the Vs. Interpretation Festival in Prague, Czech Republic, in April 2015. This performance featured Ostertag, Bleckmann and Minton, with Audrey Chen both singing and performing the instrumental part on cello.
Moving forward, Ostertag will present the ensemble as a work for electronics (Ostertag), three voices (Bleckmann, Chen, Minton), and one instrumentalist. The instrumental part can be handled by any of a number of instruments and will ideally be performed by a local artist in each performance location.
- Original recording of A Book of Hours.
- Composer’s notes.
- The_Wire_music magazine review.
- Technical rider for presenting a live performance.