Video Premiere: Shattered Glass Performs Transition Behavior (Le Boeuf)

Today, we are featuring a performance of Pascal Le Boeuf‘s Transition Behavior by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra from their recently released self-titled album, which also includes works by Tarik O’Regan and Caroline Shaw.

Transition Behavior was commissioned by Shattered Glass and premiered in 2016 as part of their spring tour series. A high energy, hard-hitting virtuoso showpiece influenced by the rhythms of progressive jazz and heavy metal, Transition Behavior is described by the composer as “the rich sound of many simultaneous amorphous gestures that combine to reflect a musical representation of ‘Shattered Glass.'”

This Four/Ten Media video for Transition Behavior cleverly captures and accentuates the intensity and rhythmic intricacies contained in the piece.

Enjoy Shattered Glass performing Pascal Le Boeuf’s Transition Behavior, and purchase the full album here.

About Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass is a New York based conductor-less string ensemble that fuses the beauty and precision of a classical orchestra with the raw energy of the present. From its inception in 2012 Shattered Glass has been musician operated and fiercely dedicated to innovation through member-chosen programming, rotating leadership, and collective artistic direction. Their 2017-18 season celebrates the release of their eponymous debut album with a music video for “Transition Behavior” directed by Four/Ten Media, and performances in Pennsylvania, Iowa, and New York City featuring new works by bleeding edge composers Pascal Le Boeuf, Tarik O’Regan, and Caroline Shaw.

About Pascal Le Boeuf

Described as “sleek, new” and “hyper-fluent” by the New York Times, Pascal Le Boeuf is an American composer, pianist, and electronic artist whose works range from modern improvised music to cross-breeding classical with production-based technology. He is widely recognized for his polyrhythmic approach to chamber music and hybridization of disparate idioms.

Pascal’s latest project imaginist, is a full-length album collaboration between the JACK Quartet and the Le Boeuf Brothers Quintet (co-led by Remy Le Boeuf). The 9-piece hybridized chamber ensemble was praised by the New Yorker for “clearing their own path, mixing the solid swing of the jazz tradition with hip-hop, indie rock, and the complex techniques of classical modernism”. Additional recent and upcoming projects include “Alpha” recorded by cellist Nick Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) on New Amsterdam Records, “GIRLS” recorded by the flute/piano duo RighteousGIRLS on New Focus Recordings, “Transition Behavior” recorded by the Shattered Glass String Orchestra and “Empty Promise” an award-winning short film in collaboration with Four/Ten Media, Goldfeather and Robby Bowen. 

As a keyboardist, Pascal has played as support for D’Angelo’s Black Messiah tour and Clean Bandit’s Rather Be tour with Australian pop artist Meg Mac. He actively tours with jazz vocalist Allan Harris, Le Boeuf Brothers, the 15-piece gospel-funk band Jesus On the Mainline, and his piano trio “Pascal’s Triangle” featuring bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Justin Brown. 

Pascal’s most recent awards include “Best Music Video” in the Atlanta ShortsFest, the 2017 Cortona Prize, the 2017 Lake George Music Festival Composition Composition, a 2016 FROMM Commission from Harvard University, the 2015 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize, and Independent Music Awards in “Jazz”, “Eclectic” and “Electronica” categories. Pascal has also received commissions and grants from Lincoln Center, Chamber Music America, and New Music USA. He composed music for the 2008 Emmy Award-winning movie King Lines, and won first place in the 2008 International Songwriting Competition. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University as a Naumburg Doctoral Fellow.