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Berlin's experimental orchestral collective s t a r g a z e is dedicated to collaborating with and reinterpreting the works of innovative pop, folk, and electronic artists. Led by conductor André de Ridder, the collective formed in 2013. One of its first projects was a series of reworkings of Terry Riley's In C that found s t a r g a z e teaming up with Matthew Herbert, Bill Frisell, Mouse on Mars, Tyondai Braxton, and, in 2015, Riley himself. From there, the collective worked with artists including Lee Ranaldo, Shara Worden, Owen Pallett, Grant Hart, Julia Holter, Iceage, Loney Dear, and Matmos. In addition, s t a r g a z e performed compositions by Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, and the National's Bryce Dessner at events such as their own s t a r g a z e presents concert series. In 2014, the collective appeared on These New Puritans' album Field of Reeds. The following year, they contributed a version of "What's Become of the Baby" to Day of the Dead, the Grateful Dead tribute album released by Red Hot and curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and worked with Bryce on his music for Alejandro Iñárritu's film The Revenant. That year, s t a r g a z e also signed to Transgressive Records, which released their debut EP, Deerhoof Chamber Variations, a piece based on the band's music and arranged and recomposed by drummer Greg Saunier. Early in 2016, s t a r g a z e began a long-running collaboration with Poliça that spawned 2017's Bruise Blood (a reworking of Steve Reich's Music for Pieces of Wood) and the following year's politically charged Music for the Long Emergency. ~ Heather Phares

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