“VIOLINIST TIM FAIN PLAYS LIKE A VIRTUOSO AND
THINKS LIKE A CINEMATOGRAPHER. THE SHOW,
PORTALS, IS A SMART MIX OF SOUND AND VISION
FOR THE FACEBOOK AGE WHO LOVE BJORK AND
BEETHOVEN WITH EQUAL ARDOR.”
Philip Glass’s new work, Partita for solo violin, is the centerpiece of Tim Fain’s PORTALS, “an ingeniously practical show that Fain can take on tour, unencumbered by much more than a laptop” (New York Times). Through this multi-media
exploration of the longing for human connection in the digital age, Portals’ creator Tim Fain reimagines the performance experience. With his “honeyed tone, spectacular technique and [the] engrossing musicality of an old-school virtuoso tied
to a contemporary sensibility” (Los Angeles Times), Fain takes the audience on a journey through failures and triumphs of new portals of relationships, our electronic present and future.
The production interweaves films by Kate Hackett (including performances by pianist Nicholas Britell), dance films choreographed and directed by Benjamin Millepied, and the words of Leonard Cohen spoken by Performance
Today host Fred Child, and features the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composers Aaron Jay Kernis and William Bolcom, along with the work of Nico Muhly, Kevin Puts, and Lev Zhurbin. With his adventuresome spirit and vst musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing presence on the music scene.