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The Ticket That Exploded

by James Ilgenfritz

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James Ilgenfritz composed the video opera The Ticket That Exploded in 2011, while Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn. The project is based on the 1962 novel of the same name by America's preeminent avant-garde literary iconoclast, William S. Burroughs. Featuring a 20-person ensemble features many of New York’s premiere vocalists and instrumentalists, the opera mixes free jazz, sonic experimentalism, contemporary chamber music, and raucous post-punk industrial mayhem, using the same radical cut-up techniques Burroughs pioneered in his writings.

In 2015 Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü, Nova Mob) released The Ticket That Exploded on his Con D'Or label. This expanded reissue is dedicated to the memory of both Grant Hart and Steve Dalachinsky.


released September 25, 2020

The Anagram Ensemble

Steve Dalachinsky, Nick Hallett, Ted Hearne, Ryan Opperman, Anne Rhodes, Megan Schubert: voices
Douglas Detrick, Sam Kulik, Jay Rozen: brass
Justin Wood, Mike McGinnis: woodwinds
Julianne Carney: violin
Nathan Bontrager: cello
Denman Maroney: piano
Andrew Drury, John O’Brien, Vinnie Sperazza: percussion
Taylor Levine, Ty Citerman: guitar/electronics
Nicholas DeMaison: conductor
Jason Ponce: video artist / live processing

Mixing: James Ilgenfritz & Robbie Lee
Mastering: Elliott Sharp
Visuals & Cover Design: Jason Ponce

Premiered as part of James Ilgenfritz's 2011 Issue Project Room Artist-In-Residence project.

All Text from The Ticket That Exploded, by William Burroughs. Special gratitude to James Grauerholz and the William Burroughs estate.




James Ilgenfritz New York, New York

Composer/bassist James Ilgenfritz is recognized in The Wire & The New Yorker for his “characteristic magnanimity” and "glint of mischief.” James had residencies at John Zorn’s The Stone in 2015 & 2017. He’s worked with Anthony Braxton, Thomas Buckner, David First, Pauline Oliveros, & Roscoe Mitchell. He directs Infrequent Seams & has recorded for Cuneiform, Clean Feed, Important Records, & Tzadik. ... more

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