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In the rich field of tension between improvisation and composition, the American saxophonist, clarinettist and composer Ken Thomson moves. With his own sextet, the New York race musician explores the cross-pollination between well-considered contemporary music and the spontaneity of jazz. Someone who fits perfectly in the November Music philosophy. As a regular saxophonist / clarinettist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Thomson knows the modern, post-minimalist repertoire inside and out. In addition, he will not let an opportunity pass by to showcase his love for the jazz classics. In the past Thomson played in bands like Gutbucket and Slow / Fast. In his varied, harmoniously daring jazz music you can hear influences that vary from Thelonious Monk to György Ligeti. Virtuoso jazz with a great emotional tension. This fall the debut CD of the sextet was released on New Focus Recordings.
Zenon Dance Company takes the stage this November in their Fall Season Performance to celebrate 36 years of groundbreaking dance performance.
Zenon will feature exciting new works by emerging New York choreographers Alex Springer & Xan Burley and Sam Kim, as well as a work by prominent Minnesota choreographer Wynn Fricke. In addition to the premieres, Zenon will perform signature repertory works by New York Choreographer Greg Dolbashian’s “Eternal Reveal” that showcases fierce intimacy and physicality, and Mariusz Olszewski’s “Pink Martini” – a scintillating tribute to the mambo, cha-cha, and salsa.
Please join us for this evening of innovative modern and jazz dance as we celebrate our accomplishments over 36 years.
Experience the self-destruction of an ancient civilisation and our planet engulfed by the vastness of the ocean in two massive audio-visual portrayals of a dark past – and still-avoidable future.
These two modern masterpieces share a single unignorable message. John Luther Adam’s Become Ocean imagines our planet succumbing to the rising sea in music of startling, bottomless beauty in what Alex Ross declared ‘may be the loveliest apocalypse in musical history’. And Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum is equally ravishing in its own way; a vast orchestra creating a fierce, haunting atmosphere through sounds as strange as they are prophetic, building to a point of no return as the ancient Mayan city implodes.
London Contemporary Orchestra & Choir
Robert Ames (conductor)
Together with Claron McFadden and Harriet Krijgh, Amsterdam Sinfonietta brings new work by David Lang and Kate Moore. The originally South African Tim Persent dances a new choreography by Krisztina de Châtel on Andriessen's Dances.
A unique concert with the prominent New York ensemble Bang On A Can All-Stars, together with the seven members of FC Jongbloed and the musicians of TEMKO. In a program in which they enter the stage both together and individually.
First of all FC Jongbloed and TEMKO, they bring music from Kraftwerk, the group that inspired their electronic pop music, the techno and house scene. You will hear numbers from the first Kraftwerk 1 album . Then the three ensembles play together, with 16 musicians, the piece Slow Birthday by Louis Andriessen. The music of Andriessen has been strongly influenced by the minimalist music of composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich. The third part of the evening is only for Bang On A Can All-Stars. They play David Lang: sunray, Brian Eno: Music for Airports and Julia Wolfe: Big Beautiful Dark & Scary.
Bang On A Can All-Stars is a New York collective of 6 musicians. They are known for their dynamic live performances, of new, innovative music. Among their successful projects include recordings of Brian Eno's' ambient classic " Music for Airports and Terry Riley's In C . They also play a lot of work by Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
COLIN CURRIE (body percussion, Great Britain)
RŪTA RIKTERĖ & ZBIGNEVAS IBELHAUPTAS (piano duo)
JOANA DAUNYTĖ (harp)
LITHUANIAN NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Conductor ROBERTAS ŠERVENIKAS
Magnus Lindberg. ERA
Loreta Narvilaitė. Skambesys bangų sutampa su dangum*
Julia Wolfe. riSE and fLY
Philip Glass. Double piano concerto
With great honour, Liepāja Concert Hall 'Great Amber' invites you to the 3-year anniversary concert together with the New York ensemble “Bang on a Can All-Stars”!
The Bang on a Can All-Stars, with their unparalleled musicality, their international touring, award-winning CDs and far ranging commissioning programs, have become one of the most powerful ambassadors for contemporary music in the world.
Formed in 1992, the Bang on a Can All-Stars are recognized worldwide for their ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music. Freely crossing the boundaries between classical, jazz, rock, world and experimental music, this six-member amplified ensemble has consistently forged a distinct category-defying identity, taking music into uncharted territories. The All-Stars record on Cantaloupe Music and have released past recordings on Sony, Universal and Nonesuch.
Together, the All-Stars have worked in unprecedented close collaboration with some of the most important and inspiring musicians of our time, including Steve Reich, Ornette Coleman, Brian Eno and others. Recent project highlights include Field Recordings, a major new multi media project featuring up to 18 commissioned works by composers from all over the world. With great ovations this project has been recieved all over the world and this year it will be presented at the 3-year Anniversary Concert of Liepaja Concert Hall Great Amber.
The last one of all the new works by the three Bang on a Can composers at this Cello Biennale is by David Lang: a new concerto for Harriet Krijgh, Claron McFadden, and Amsterdam Sinfonietta. Bang on a Can is an inspiration to young composers all over the world. They have a close bond with Australian-born, Netherlands-based Kate Moore. Kate is rapidly building a name – she won the Matthijs Vermeulen Award 2017 – and at this Biennale, two of her works are performed, including a new composition for the four cellists from Amsterdam Sinfonietta. A highlight of Bang on a Can would be incomplete without music by Louis Andriessen, who has been their major inspirer since the 80s.
At the Cello Biennale in 2008, Kristina Blaumane performed the new cello concerto written by Bulgarian-British composer Dobrinka Tabakova. After 10 years of being performed and recorded, this piece deserves a reprise.
String Theory in the Parks
A day of outdoor performances in Coolidge and Miller Parks
Hailed by the Washington Post as a group that is “revitalizing the world of contemporary music”, Sandbox Percussion will join String Theory for a week of outreach and performances. Following their mainstage performance at the Hunter Museum on Tuesday, October 23, Sandbox Percussion’s residency will culminate in a performance of the groundbreaking work Inuksuit by the Pulitzer-winning composer John Luther Adams. Described by the New York Times as “the ultimate environmental piece,” this outdoor concert experience will take place on Saturday, October 27 at Coolidge Park with musicians performing throughout the park. Listeners are invited to wander, each creating their own unique experience during this hour-long monumental work.
This event will be preceded by a special 10:00 a.m. children’s concert at the newly renovated Miller Park featuring the Trash Can Band from the Arnold Elementary School (Cleveland, TN), groups from Hamilton County Schools, and the String Theory Youth Internship. Come and celebrate this family-friendly day of music, food trucks, and more!
In the spotlights this Cello Biennale: Bang on a Can! The famous composers trio from New York, with Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe, who never see their music as separate from what’s happening in society. Thirty years ago, still very unknown, they started a marathon for new music in a small stage in Downtown New York, now they are all three world famous. Music of all three composers will be performed in various concerts and settings throughout the Biennale.
Bang on a Can All-Stars Ensemble - the brainchild of the iconic New York composer Bang on a Can, the most famous brand of modern academic music. The composition of the instruments in the ensemble is unique: strings from academic music, clarinets, saxophones from jazz, electric guitars, synthesizers, drums from rock. This range allows musicians to be absolutely universal, easily cross the boundaries of genres, combine styles, creating new music.
It all started in 1987 when young composers, graduates of Yale University: Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf, organized the Bang on a Can Marathon, where non-stop music sounded in which minimalism, world music, rock, Terry Riley mixed ... None intermissions, programs, entertainers, but the bar worked, and the audience moved freely around the hall. The task of composers Bang on a Can was to create a lively, but smart music for young people, which usually bypasses the conservatory.
The marathon eventually grew into an international summer festival. Bang on a Can has its own foundation for supporting young composers, educational programs, the street orchestra of extreme music Asphalt Orchestra and the band Bang on a Can All-Stars, which tours around the world. Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolf became real stars. The last two were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Road Trip is a dedication of Gordon, Lang and Wolf to the 30th anniversary of Bang on a Can. Modern multimedia project, which reflected all the years of exciting trips of the ensemble to the cities and villages.
From his roots in Irish step dance to a four-year run as an original member of STOMP, Seán Curran comes alive to the beat of a drum. In celebration of their 20th anniversary, the choreographer and his company collaborate with Grammy Award-winning, Chicago-based ensemble Third Coast Percussion for a landmark evening of new and classic work inspired by the primordial nature of percussion.
First, Curran reimagines his hallmark 2000 piece Abstract Concrete, a spirited study of pairing and partnership set to a loose, kinetic rhythm. Then, the company presents the New York premiere of Everywhere All the Time, set to celebrated composer Donnacha Dennehy’s Surface Tension, a “magnificently energetic” (The New York Times) percussion piece inspired by the Irish bodhran drum, with set design by the late landscape architect Diana Balmori.
The Bang on a Can All-Stars, starring member and cellist Ashley Bathgate, play three brilliant pieces by the Bang on a Can composer trio Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe, and a few Field Recordings, from their recent large-scale multimedia project.
David Lang: ‘It’s a kind of ghost story. We asked composers from different parts of the music world to find a recording of something that already exists — a voice, a sound, a faded scrap of melody — and then write a new piece around it.” The All-Stars will perform Field Recordings by Julia Wolfe, Steve Reich, Anna Clyne, and by the young Dutch composer Aart Strootman.
Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times describes Sō Percussion as “exceptionally inventive” and that they “have technique galore on traditional instruments”. Sō's repertoire ranges from “classics” of the 20th century, by John Cage, Steve Reich, and Iannis Xenakis, to composing and performing their own works. They will appear in our series for the first time with a program they call “Living Room Music”.
This concert is the result of a one-of-a-kind educational retreat led by Quince Ensemble in collaboration with Bellevue East and West High Schools, Lincoln East High School and the University of Nebraska Choral Department.
Bang on a Can composer and Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe wrote a new cello concerto. Having made an immense impression at previous editions of the Biennale performing works by Rolf Martinsson and Tan Dun, Swedish cellist Jakob Koranyi is the ideal interpreter for this work.
For New York composer Michael Gordon, minimal music holds no secrets. Over the course of 30 years, he turned the minimal idiom completely inside out and found his own composing language. Gordon’s language could still be called ‘minimal music’ but sounds nothing like Reich, Glass, or Louis Andriessen, the foremost inspirer of the three Bang on a Can composers. The composer wants this new work – which lasts an hour – to be performed in an intimate setting ‘with the audience seated around it.’ The Muziekgebouw’s Grote Zaal will be specially adapted for this performance.
An internationally renowned Anglo-Irish string quartet based in the UK, the versatile and award-winning Carducci String Quartet has performed everything from brand new quartets, classic works by Haydn, complete Shostakovich cycles, and even partnered with folk-rock icon Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull. Founded in 1997 around the talents of Matthew Denton (violin), Michelle Fleming (violin), Eoin Schmidt-Martin (viola), and Emma Denton (cello), the quartet has won numerous international competitions, including Concert Artists Guild International Competition 2007 and First Prize at Finland’s Kuhmo International Chamber Music Competition 2004. Their Naxos recordings of Philip Glass Quartets have had over six million plays on Spotify.
Tonight their programme includes Beethoven Quartet Op.18/4; Donnacha Dennehy 'Pushpulling'; Philip Glass Quartet No.3 and Mendelssohn’s Quartet Op. 80.
The collective of musicians and artists Bang on a Can, founded and directed by David Lang, Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a world tour in charge of its iconic All-Stars ensemble. Considered one of the coolest, most active and influential groups of the contemporary scene, the group has created an international community dedicated to innovative music, which continues to build an environment in which new and powerful musical ideas flow transcending genres and borders. In his presentation at the Teatro Colón they will perform works by David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Ornette Coleman, Steve Martland and Philip Glass.
This larger-than-life character created, in the early 1960s, an unconventional minimalist musical style that inspired many: Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Brian Eno, John Cale and The Who's Pete Townshend. It is accompanied by Tracy Silverman and his son Gyan Riley that he comes to present us Terry Riley : Live at 85! This concert brings together all the complexity of his work, elements of minimalism, jazz, ragtime and Indian raga, whose combination defines Riley's diverse and prolific career. On the program, Tracy Silverman and his electric violin will offer excerpts from the album The Palmian Chord Ryddle . Terry Riley, accompanied by his son Gyan, will then present some key works from his repertoire, including Salome Dances for Peace and Emerald Runner. A dream project, enhanced by this unique complicity between father and son.
Lisa Moore and Julian de la Chica launch the IGM CD Preludes Op 8.
Beginning with Lisa performing a solo piano set of music by Philip Glass, this will be followed by two sets of de la Chica Preludes, accompanied by Julian de la Chica on synthesizer.
Wine reception included
Richard Alston has been making dance for 50 years. He will celebrate his half-century with a programme full of his trademark lyrical choreography performed by undoubtedly one of the world’s best dance ensembles.
The evening centres around exciting World Premieres by Richard Alston and associate choreographer Martin Lawrance. Alston’s Brahms Hungarian is set to the hugely popular Brahms pieces, featuring live solo pianist Jason Ridgway, where the dancers are carried along by fast steps and an abandoned fervour.
Detour, Lawrance’s new work, set to Michael Gordon’s pulsing Timber, will be a companion piece to a celebratory revival of the beautiful Proverb, one of Alston’s most telling choreographies set to the vocals of Steve Reich. The programme also includes Mid Century Modern, a journey through each decade of Alston’s career, featuring sections from Nowhere Slowly (1970), Rainbow Bandit (1977) and the joyous Signal of a Shake (2000).
There is a free pre-show talk ahead of the performance on Tue 16 October at 6.30pm.
It’s possibly hard to do justice in words to the influence of Terry Riley on so much adventurous music that has emerged over the past half century. Take his legendary In C, a simple piece of musical genius that still resonates as loudly in impact today and perhaps achieving more widespread influence than ever currently since its first recorded appearance in 1968. Add in his sublime minimalist keyboard recordings such as Shri Camel and A Rainbow In Curved Air, his early tape work, his collaborations with Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, La Monte Young – a huge favourite on the TUSK team, a huge influence on our listening and so much of the music we love and bring to the festival.
So it is fitting, in the year that TUSK makes the move to expand its reach into Sage’s Hall One, that it is Terry Riley that takes us there. Terry will perform in a duo with his son Gyan, who has a growing discography of his own that includes releases on labels such as John Zorn’s Tzadik and has worked with Zakir Hussian, Dawn Upshaw and many others.
Recognized as one of the most unique and influential artists of our time, composer/performer Meredith Monk presents a concert of music from her newest work, Cellular Songs, with the women of her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble. A “deeply affecting meditation on the nature of the biological cell as a metaphor for human society” (Financial Times), Cellular Songs features some of Monk’s most adventurous and daring music for the voice to date, paired with violin, piano and keyboard. Over the course of the evening, shimmering, multi-dimensional musical forms evoke such biological processes as layering, replication, division, and mutation. Cellular Songs premiered to sold-out audiences at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2018.
Presented as part of the 2018 College Music Society National Conference
Coordinator: Michael Harley (University of South Carolina)
Perhaps no other composer is so intimately associated with the Pacific Northwest as Pulitzer honoree John Luther Adams. Adams spent the bulk of his compositional career in Alaska and is best-known for music inspired by the natural beauty of the region. The themes, both explicit and implicit, of 10,000 Birds — our connection with the natural world, the relationship of music and nature, the current debate about global warming and our impact on the environment — are directly relevant to the times in which we live as well as city so intimately associated with the beauty of its many parks, waterfront, and the surrounding region.
Matthew Hunt; Scottish Ensemble
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
Brahms, Johannes (1833-1897) Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
Adams, John Luther (b. 1953) The Wind in High Places
The girl with the sulfur sticks is Hans Christian Andersen's most tragic saga. It's the story of the girl who, on New Year's Eve, is getting barefoot in the snow, in vain to sell sulfur sticks nobody wants to buy. For fear, she dares not go home to her father without selling some. With frozen fingers she turns the sulfur sticks one by one. They turn on and off. Delivered to her destiny in a world of absent adults, the girl is found deadless, frozen to death, on New Year's Day.
Those who had been able to give the girl food and shelter, bought her sulfur sticks and maybe saved her life, now singing with sadness and sadness, her painful story on the stage of Folkoperan. The work is performed in a processed version of David Lang's passion story The Little Match Girl Passion . The performance is influenced by improvised elements, audience interaction, music by Latvian composer Uģis Prauliņš and choreographed movements, signed by internationally-performing choreographer Örjan Andersson.
In collaboration with Ersta Sköndal Bräcke College, Martin Åsander, composer and vocalist in VoNo, writes new compositional music about children's rights and vulnerability based on seven professors' reflections and scientific texts on the history of HC Andersen.
Vokalensemblen VoNo (formerly Voces Nordicae) was formed in 1999 and consists of twelve singers and the artistic director and conductor Lone Larsen. With Stockholm as a base, they have been touring around the country and internationally, and received great attention for their innovative performances. By constantly challenging traditional driving standards, VoNo creates a unique stage platform where classical a cappella, folk music, improvisation and poetry are united in musical euphoria.
Dubbed “the quietest violin piece ever written,” MUTEDwas composed by Louis Andriessen, Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe for Monica Germino after she was diagnosed with high sensitivity to sound. Experience this work for violin, “whisperviolin,” voice, and light design as it was meant to be heard — by small groups of listeners in an intimate space. Limited availability.
Co-presented with the New York Philharmonic
Part of the New York Philharmonic’s The Art of Andriessen, a series celebrating Louis Andriessen’s rich musical contributions, and explores a multitude of his works and influences.
Photo credit: Anne Reinke
Roulette welcomes Brooklyn-based clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer Ken Thomson for an evening of music featuring the New York premieres of “Ripple” and “Pall”, followed by a performance by Thomson’s ensemble project, Sextet, as they celebrate their latest album, out now on New Focus Recordings.
after eight sold-out events last season, aeronaut brewery, in partnership with boston public broadcaster wgbh, is thrilled to invite you to opening night of the second season of the pindrop sessions. please join us in our taproom for this one-night-only theatrical event:
david lang's pulitzer prize-winning
the little match girl passion
co-presented by emmanuel music and boston dance theater
Francesco Dillon – cello
David Lang, World to Come
Salvatore Sciarrino, Ai limiti della notte
Gene Coleman, The Geometry of Thinking
The Singers begin the season with two striking works – David Lang’s little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This stark setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s lonely tale combines with texts from Picander’s libretto for Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion to highlight the suffering and lonliness of the young child. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, performed with chamber orchestra, is a soaring reflection on the light in times of darkness.
This quartet of master percussionists will challenge expectations. Their performance will include Bryce Dessner's Music for Wood and Strings and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's Taxidermy, both Sō Percussion commissions. These four performers are ground-breaking musicians who challenge themselves and their commissioned composers to reach new heights of inventiveness.
Artist Conversation: Thursday, October 4, 5:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)
Lisa Moore performs a music-theatre piano work commissioned and written especially for her in a concert of Jerome Kitzke’s solo piano music. The concert also features performances by the composer himself, Sarah Cahill and Anthony de Mare.
Performed by Roomful of Teeth and the Callithumpian Consort, Stephen Drury, conductor.
true pearl is an opera made specifically to be seen and heard in the Tapestry Room of the Gardner Museum. The opera comprises five scenes—one for each tapestry in the Gardner's spectacular 16th century Flemish series based on the life of King Cyrus of Persia—and each tapestry serves as set and scenery for the opera. Lang and Kempson's true pearl is not meant to be performed live, but is recorded on special headsets, so patrons of the Museum can listen individually, as they move from tapestry to tapestry, from scene to scene.
This concert will be the first (and only) live performance of the complete score in Calderwood Hall. Hereafter, true pearl will be available to visitors as an "in-ear" opera in the Tapestry Room from Thursday, October 4, 2018 to Sunday, January 13, 2019.
Rounding out the program will be Lang's moving 2008 work, the little match girl passion, a dramatic retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's haunting story, fashioned in the manner of a Bach passion. Lang made this special version of the work in 2018 especially for Roomful of Teeth.
“As [Meredith Monk] sang, there was a palpable sense of love and joy between her and the audience that spoke volumes. An antidote to the troubled times we live in.” —Financial Times
When Meredith Monk sings, her voice transports listeners out of time and into a dimension where sound is the currency of communication. In this elaborate music-theater piece, the legendary interdisciplinary artist and the women of her Vocal Ensemble weave some of Monk’s most adventurous vocal music to date with movement, light, instrumental music, and film to evoke a world where cellular activity can serve as a template for human behavior. Playful and humanistic, Cellular Songs is an exploration of the interconnected relationship between people and the natural world, between the basic unit of life and the universe.
Presented in association with Minnesota Opera.
For five consecutive nights, October 3-7, 2018, 1,000 singers from across New York will come together on the High Line for the first-ever performances of The Mile-Long Opera: a biography of 7 o’clock – an ambitious, collective, free choral work that shares personal stories from hundreds of New Yorkers about life in our rapidly changing city.
The stories sung in the The Mile-Long Opera have been gathered through first-hand interviews with residents throughout the city, asking what 7:00 pm means to them. They reveal a vast spectrum of feelings and perspectives—and, by extension, represent the diverse character of the city’s inhabitants and their individual experiences.
Set in one of the most dynamic public spaces for observing New York City and its multitude of intersecting lives, The Mile-Long Opera invites audiences to move in and out of groups of singers as they walk along the High Line.
At the heart of the work is an extensive community engagement initiative that activates non-profit cultural organizations across all five boroughs. Six Anchor Partners serve as a hub for engaging local audiences—from recruiting singers, to holding and welcoming the public for open rehearsals and workshops, to hosting social and cultural events in the lead-up to the October performances.
"Again and again", that is the name of this program, an ode to the life and the people of then and now. People come, people go and the world always exists. Josquin des Prez and David Lang and others sing the cycle of life then and now, from beginning to end, of sorrow and punishment for love, reconciliation and resignation. A program full of reflection, in a sober mise-en-espace.
With a wealth of voice colors, Chamber Choir Cappella Amsterdam reaches its specific homogeneous sound, which makes them one of the top choirs in the Netherlands, but also far beyond. Since 1990 the choir has been under the artistic direction of chief conductor Daniel Reuss.
The “ardently angelic” choir, The Crossing, performs music that explores what it means to be an American at this moment in history.