Lee Hyla made his Chicago debut, both in hilariously introducing his piece “Polish Folk Songs”, and in presenting the piece itself. The piece is a kind of deconstruction/reconstruction of the composers own memories of Polish music, from the singing of friends of his grandmother’s, to his own investigations of a wide array of music from classical to ethnic folk, to off-beat rock. Hyla, I think, is going to be a very interesting and, I would be pretty sure, provocative presence now on the Chicago scene.
WFMT Radio, Chicago
Performance on MusicNOW at the Harris Theater, The Chicago Symphony's New Music Series
15 January 2009