Muhly and Sirota, long-time friends and collaborators, planned the project together since they were at the Julliard School of Music together back in 2004. They spent 10 years working together and building a unique composer-performer relationship and so this work provides something new and original.
On February 5 Muhly's Slow, a new commission from the viol consort Fretwork, received its premiere at Kings Place in London as part of the Minimalism Unwrapped series which is running throughout 2015. The new piece will also be performed at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival later this year. Fretwork and Muhly previously worked together on a hugely successful Orlando Gibbons project in 2012.
Later this year, Sentences, another major new work by Muhly, based on the scientist Alan Turing will be premiered at the Barbican by Iestyn Davies and Britten Sinfonia, both of whom are long term collaborators with Muhly.
Nico Muhly and Nadia Sirota discuss the new Viola Concerto
Nico Muhly discusses Minimalism and the new Fretwork commisson