A celebration and exploration of the musician’s “role” in the shifting spaces of our post-microblog/tweet/story era.
Three nights. Three perspectives.
TUESDAY, JUNE 11
ePhemera is devoted to electroacoustic music that not only exists within the present but actively operates within some more transient, ephemeral framework. In classical music, “permanence” is often understood as a dominant indicator of quality and/or significance. The music on ePhemera provides an alternative to that narrative.
Conrad Tao: “iridescence”
Conrad Tao: “leaves”
Tristan Perich: “qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq”
Jakub Ciupinski: “Morning Tale”
Phil Kline: “Exquisite Corpses”
Kate Davis/Isabela Dos Santos: “i”
Sideband uses custom-made hemispherical speakers and non-standard interfaces to create electronic music that looks and sounds different from the norm. Bypassing the PA, each player produces their own sound from their own speaker station, giving the sound the depth and three-dimensionality of acoustic instruments. Using hacked golf-game controllers, 3-D video, rope, and a variety of other interfaces, Sideband’s set looks as distinctive as it sounds.
TODD REYNOLDS + R. LUKE duBOIS
Still Life with Microphone
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
REPlay is, as its title suggests, a RE-playing of “familiar” works, spanning centuries. It is a re-contextualization of rep. It is a re-purposing of “standard” rep’s very definition. What happens when we include seminal works of the late 20th century alongside older works that have been established in the “canon” as it has been perceived in the contemporary conception of “classical music”? Do they assimilate into that category? Do they bring older works into greater relief?
FACE THE MUSIC, SRIRACHA, CONRAD TAO, and IKTUS
Julia Wolfe: “Lick”
Steve Reich: “Clapping Music”
Philip Glass: “Music in Similar Motion”
David Lang: “Stick Figure”
Olivier Messiaen: “Louange à L’Éternité de Jésus”
Michael Gordon: “Yo Shakespeare”
John Cage: “3rd Construction”
John Adams: “China Gates”
Maurice Ravel: “Gaspard de la nuit”
Louis Andriessen: “Workers Union”
THURSDAY, JUNE 13
Hi/r/stories is about directly engaging with history. If ePhemera and REPlay both explore alternatives to specific narratives in “classical” music, Hi/r/stories is centered around narrative itself. What stories get told in the canonical history? How can music articulate an alternative hi/r/story? And in our digital culture of sharing and re-sharing and adding commentary, how has the process of writing, re-writing, and understanding history changed?
THINGNY with PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY
thingNY/PPL: “Private Time”
Paul Pinto: “mini004”
Frederic Rzewski: “Attica”
thingNY/PPL: “Endurance Exercises”
FACE THE MUSIC’S PANNONIA QUARTET
Michael Daugherty: “Sing Sing”
David Su: “…like kites with no strings”
Dominic Donato: “Reuse, Recycle, Reduce”
Iannis Xenakis: “Okho”
Frederic Rzewski: “Coming Together”