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City of Industry

Join Catchfire Collective for “City of Industry,” featuring the music of American composer Annie Gosfield on Thursday, December 2, 2021, at 7:30 PM, at the Crown at the Carolina Theatre! Tickets can be purchased here 


Described as “a one woman Hadron collider” by the BBC, Annie Gosfield works on the boundaries between notated and improvised music, electronic and acoustic sounds, refined timbres and noise. She composes for others and performs with her own group, taking her music on a path through festivals, factories, clubs, art spaces, and concert halls. Her music is often inspired by the inherent beauty of found sounds, such as machines, destroyed pianos, warped 78 rpm records and jammed radio signals.

“City of Industry” explores the fusion of industry, found sound, and music in Gosfield’s work. Presented by Catchfire Collective, the concert features Gosfield’s “Cranks and Cactus Needles,” a work inspired by the sounds of deteriorating 78 RPM records. Catchfire’s cellist Peter Swanson will perform as soloist during Gosfield’s “Almost Truths and Open Deceptions.” The second half of the concert opens with “Voices Over the Buzz and Clatter,” described by Gosfield as a conversation between industrial sounds and women’s protests throughout history. The concert concludes with Gosfield’s stunning “Detroit Industry: The Goddess Stamps Metal While the Blast Furnace Sings,” inspired by Diego Rivera’s iconic “Detroit Industry” murals. 


Tickets are available for $25 and on sale at the Carolina Theatre Box Office: (336) 333-2605 or online at The Box Office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. A $1.00 Theatre Facility Fee and sales tax is added to the price of each ticket. 


Please note that the Carolina Theatre requires all attendees to provide proof of full vaccination or negative viral test within 72 hours prior to attending or participating in an event at the theatre for everyone age 12 and above. Proof will be required before entry to the theatre and will be accepted in the form of an original vaccination card, a photocopy or digital image of the card, or a printout of negative test results, along with a photo ID.


“City of Industry” is presented by Catchfire Collective with special guests Annie Jeng, piano; Heather Lambert and Sierra Sims-Smith, violin; and Dave Phillips, viola. 


PROGRAM: All works by Annie Gosfield.


Cranks and Cactus Needles (2000)

Almost Truths and Open Deceptions (2007), featuring Peter Swanson, cello




Voices Over the Buzz and Clatter (2018)

Detroit Industry: The Goddess Stamps Metal While the Blast Furnace Sings (2018)

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