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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2015 – 8:00PM
Yarn/Wire celebrate the opening of their 10th anniversary season as well as their recent release with Pete Swanson, Eliminated Artist, on ISSUE Project Room’s Distributed Objects imprint. The program includes three world premieres written specifically for the event, including works by experimental NYC musician and video artist David Bird, a new Fromm Foundation commission by composer/improviser Sam Pluta (Peter Evans Quintet / Wet Ink), and a new piece by electronics visionary Mark Fell (UK). This concert marks the fourth installment of Yarn/Wire/Currents, an ongoing collaboration between ISSUE and Yarn/Wire exploring the boundaries of contemporary music performance.
Tokyo to New York
Sound Arts MFA student Chatori Shimizu performs the world premier of a new work for sho.
Chatori Shimizu: Shiki to Unkai. A Performance with Sound Installation
Chatori Shimizu is a composer, researcher, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, whose award-winning works have been performed and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan, and Europe. Ranging from orchestral works to sound installations, Chatori draws upon both Western contemporary composition as well as the aesthetic and philosophy of Japanese sacred music Gagaku, in order to create pieces which comprise of two main elements: sound and the silence between sounds. Gagaku music, which expresses the functions of the universe according to the Chinese philosophy of Yin and Yang, provides the conceptual basis to Chatori’s compositions which present a balance between meditative repetition and its hysterical demolition.
For Inner Fields, Chatori Shimizu will be performing the shō, a traditional Japanese meditative instrument which places importance on the “間” (pronounced Ma), which literally means “silent spaces between sounds”. The shō instrument is considered to be a part of a player’s body since it produces sound according to the player’s in and out breath. Chatori will perform the shō alongside his sound installation ‘Somewhere Close’, where contact microphones will be attached to different specimens of wood and through adjustments in frequency, the audience will be able to hear “nature singing”. The performance will also include paintings by TARO. ‘Somewhere Close’ was first exhibited at Pioneer Works in 2014 and it will be the US premiere of Chatori’s shō compositions ‘Shiki to Unkai III’ and ‘Shinkaigyo’.
Tuesday May 19, 8pm
Pamplemousse presents a potpourri of proliferous explosions through exquisitely intertwined introversion and exhibitionism. Bookended by the US premiere of Steven Takasugi’s spectacular piano solo Die Klavierübung and Eoin Callery’s death-defying large ensemble work Morning in the Manor, the three Pamplemousse coldcuts feature the extremes of silent solitude ([33 Words]), extravagant miscommunication (Child of Chimera), and reinterpretation of Life Itself, as seen through the eye of a slide whistle (Still Mistitled).
Steve Takasugi : Die Klavierübung
Performed by Ensemble Pamplemousse : Natacha Diels, flute; Kiku Enomoto, violin; Jessie Marino, cello; Dave Broome, piano; Andrew Greenwald, drums; Bryan Jacobs, electronics
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) talk at CMC
Tuesday, May 5th – 5:30pm
Please join us for an interview with Nate Young, led by composer, DMA alum, and adjunct professor Mario Diaz de Leon.
Nate Young (b. 1977) is a Detroit-based American musician best known for his work in the group Wolf Eyes. Created by Young in 1998, the now-legendary noise group defined the genre in the American DIY underground. In the decade that followed, Wolf Eyes toured the world, released reams of records, collaborated with luminaries including Anthony Braxton and Merzbow, and generally enamored and influenced a generation. A skilled workbench electrician, Young has always involved hand-built devices and reconstituted consumer electronics in his practice, while his visual works have served as packaging and covers for hundreds of releases. Young’s music has been released by Sub Pop, NNA Tapes, Hospital Productions, Rockatansky Records (Tokyo), iDEAL, and Young’s own AA Records.
This Emmy award-winning film takes the viewer on a journey through the silver age of rock n roll radio broadcasting in a medium sized market – The formats, the personalities, the business models, and the promotions. One of the most incendiary hotbeds of creativity would be found in the Midwest at an experimental FM radio station. This documentary chronicles the war waged in the battle for listeners. It was a rock n roll death match, and listeners had the ringside seats.
The Filmmaker David Fulton
when: 1:30 PM, Friday May 1
April 25th marks the return of the Wet Ink Large Ensemble, Wet Ink’s extended performing group devoted to bringing exciting new works for large forces to New York for the first time.
We are very pleased to be presenting this exciting program of premieres by Columbia University graduate students in composition. The program includes works by Stylianos Dimou, Chris Trapani, Sky Macklay, Ryan Pratt (featuring Marina Kifferstein, guest violin soloist), Ashkan Behzadi, and Nina Young, all of whom are exciting and innovative voices in contemporary composition.
Please join us at the DiMenna Center on April 25th for what is sure to be a special concert! Free admission, and reception to follow.
WET INK LARGE ENSEMBLE
Saturday, April 25th, 2015
At 1:00 PM, Friday (4.17.2015), room 320H Prentis composer/programmer/improviser/sound-artist Pierre Tremblay will present
“On Blurring Taxonomies: a Constructive Convergences of Practices”
In this presentation, Pierre Alexandre will introduce his musical biases on
his London-based contemporary jazz project:
second album: doom jazz
Open and free to all…
“Tokyo to New York” Concert at Tenri Cultural Institute
Including works from CMC/Sound Arts composers Chatori Shimizu: NEONS (U.S. Premier) and Joshua Mailman: Drunk Dragonfly Blues (World Premier).
With works by: Yoshihiko Banno, Gilbert Galindo, Masatora Goya, Tomo Hirayama, Miyuki Ito, Paul Yeon Lee, David Loeb, Joshua Mailman, Jun Nagao, Fernando Otero, Gene Pritsker, Chatori Shimizu, Hifumi Shimoyama, Tomoko Uzawa, Atsushi Yoshinaka
Thomas Piercy (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet & Hichiriki)
Sunday, April 19th at 4pm
Tenri Cultural Institute
Wet Ink Presents @ Trans-Pecos: HPrizm, the Miz’Ries, Premature Burial, Headless Monkey Attack
Thursday, April 9 at 8:30pm – 11:00pm
On Thursday, April 9th, we’ll have the third event in the Wet Ink Ensemble Presents series at Trans-Pecos NY.
This show features a performance by HPrizm (a.k.a. producer/rapper High Priest of Anti-pop Consortium), The Miz’Ries (noise pop band featuring Leila Adu, Jeff Snyder and Quinn Collins), Headless Monkey Attack (electronic/percussion weirdness by Ryan Carter and Dennis Sullivan), and the powerhouse improvisational brass trio Premature Burial (Dan Peck on tuba, Peter Evans on trumpet, and Matt Nelson on sax).
This will be a blast, it’s not one to miss!
doors open at 8PM, music will start at 8:30 sharp.
Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Mario Diaz de Leon at Tectonics Festival NY
Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 8:00pm
Co-presented by Issue Project Room
Standard Deviance One, a collaboration between Nate Young (Wolf Eyes) and Mario Diaz de Leon (CMC-alum and Adjunct Professor of Music Humanities), based on material from the albums “Blinding Confusion” and “Stay Asleep” by Young’s Regression project. Over five movements, the work explores Young’s masterful sense of atmosphere and lucid dread, arranged and expanded for an ensemble of eight musicians.
Klaus Lang: the whitebearded man. the six frogs. (2008) Performed by Yarn/Wire.
Morton Feldman: Principal Sound (1980) Performed by James Rushford.
Klaus Lang: ABD Performed by Klaus Lang.
Nate Young & Mario Diaz de Leon: Standard Deviance One (2015)
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8PM
This is a new venture for ensemble mise-en, whose programs have typically focused on large ensemble works featuring traditional acoustic media. The small scale of the performing forces needed for the Acoustic+ series’ electronic and multimedia works allows for a great diversity of works on each of the programs rather than being limited to a specific instrumentation or subset of the full ensemble.
*featuring Melanie Genin
Admission: $15 (https://www.artful.ly/store/events/5084)
Free and Open to the Public
EI MARCH 2015 PERFORMANCE SERIES
The Twenty-fifth Annual Festival with no fancy name, Part Two (or B)
Lovid (New York) A Video Event
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
forever wild (kill site record)
6 March – 19 April 2015
Marginal Utility is proud to present ‘forever wild (kill site record)’ by the New York based artist Douglas Irving Repetto. This is Repetto’s second project to be exhibited with Marginal Utility.
Headless Monkey Attack @ Spectrum
Headless Monkey Attack
THE HOUR OF THE STAR by Clarice Lispector
Sound design : Nolan Lem (MFA Sound Arts 2nd year student)
Where: The Connelly Theatre
Price: $15 General Admission/$5 Seniors
Free with any valid CUID or student ID;
Spinning in Infinity for orchestra and electronics by (CMC TA) Christopher Trapani premieres 21 February 2015 at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Radio France / IRCAM co-production.
For those who can’t attend in person, the concert will be broadcast online for one month following the premiere.
Tomorrow Is the Question
Following the idea of a black radical tradition, African and African diasporic futurism refers to practices of technological agency to reimagine the past and enact alternative possible futures in the material world. This convening considers the sonic and spiritual dimensions of futurism throughout modern black culture, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by sound technologies that enable the creation of an alternative tomorrow, real or mythic. Presenters will consider the intersection of sound technology, spirituality, and Africana studies in a wide-ranging discussion tracing relations between colonial legacies, technologies of liberation, and social movements in the modern world.
Alexexander Weheliye, Department of African American Studies, Northwestern University
The discussion will include a sonic performance by Haitian composer, percussionist, and turntablist Val-Inc.
This event is free and open to the public.
James Memorial Chapel