Collide-O-Scope Music will open its 2010-2011 season on Sunday, October 3, with an all-acoustic ensemble program entitled “Technologies Without Circuits,” at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 W69 St., New York. Looking beyond the obvious impact of electronics and computers, this program takes a broad view of technology in contemporary music, focusing on a number of works whose wildy different aesthetic environments are intimately tied to the application of other kinds of innovative or extended musical devices.

The program features two large-scale works by John Cage, which find radical new ways to enact musical time through innovative notation models. The first is Cage’s complete Etudes Australes Book I (1975), a work which translates spatial positioning into the approximation of musical time points. The second is the late violin and piano work Two6, (1992), in which the performers operate independantly of each other without a shared metric, striving to remain aperiodic and improvising durations spontaneously. Seemingly at the opposite end of the spectrum is Milton Babbitt’s cello and piano work, Dual (1980), extreme in it’s prescription of rhythmic and dynamic micro-detail, yet paradoxically resulting in an analogous simultaneity of contradictory layers and orientations. The theme of expanded notions of musical time and harmonic process is taken up with recent works by Collide-O-Scope Music co-directors Stephen Gorbos and Chrisopher Bailey, including Bailey’s Abstraction 2 for violin and piano, which explores spontaneous re-ordering of material as a performative device.

The performers on this concert (Nicholas DiEugenio, violin, Christopher Gross, cello, and Augustus Arnone, piano) are culled from New York City’s up-and-coming generation of virtuoso musicians: they’ve appeared in Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, at BargeMusic, and have performed with groups such as the iO Quartet, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Program to include:
John Cage: Etudes Australes (1974-75)
Cage: Two6, (1992)
Milton Babbitt: Dual (1980)
Christopher Bailey: Abstraction 2 (1995)
Bailey: Meditation 3 (2006)
Stephen Gorbos: Surely Some Revelation? (2004)

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