Dead Language

Dead Language is: Jodie Rottle (flutes), Meaghan Burke (cello/voice), and Tristan McKay (piano/harpsichord/toy piano).

Whether shredding the works of George Crumb and Elliott Carter, exploring different approaches to structured and free improvisation, or jamming on miniature frog objects at a toy music festival, Dead Language seeks out music that has something to say, and says it.  Undeterred by the fact that one of their members is currently based in Australia, the trio has now performed in all the hemispheres and has been ensemble-in-residence at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. The trio has presented concerts in Seattle at the Wayward Music Series, in rural New Hampshire at a historic Shaker village, and in New York City at the Stone, ensemble mise-en festival, the Center for Fiction, and Firehouse Space. 

True to its name, Dead Language takes a particular interest in the linguistic, communicative aspects of music, and finds itself most at home in the space between interpretation and improvisation.  Playing their own works (both collaboratively and individually developed) alongside works by colleagues and established contemporary composers, Dead Language strives to forge a more direct path from creative impulse to audience reception, while always maintaining a sense of playfulness and humor. By incorporating literature, visual art, theater, hazmat suits, and musical pigs into their work, Dead Language strives to make new music speak, directly and soulfully, to anyone who cares to listen.

an entrepreneurial, genre-flouting ensemble
— Time Out New York

Sounds 


Videos

Dead Language and special guest Steve Newcomb improvise with toy instruments at the 2013 Festival of Toy Music, live at the Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia.

Dead Language and special guest Steve Newcomb improvise with toy instruments at the 2013 Festival of Toy Music, live at the Powerhouse in Brisbane, Australia.

Dead Language performs live the original production "DL does White Noise" at the Center for Fiction in NYC as part of the Notes on Fiction series in 2013. 


Dead Language on tumblr - read the blog


Selected Repertoire

David Bird – IP)storm *

Meaghan Burke – MD-Ph.D *

Elliot Carter – Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord

George Crumb – Vox Balaenae

Ryan Krause – Chant/Orbit *

Bernhard Lang – DW/1

Tristan McKay – The Airborne Toxic Event

Mike Perdue – Glottophagy *

Jodie Rottle – The Howl *

Kaija Saariaho – Cendres

* written for Dead Language