New Spectrum Foundation presents
Nono Muchmore Warp(ed) Festival
7 PM, Saturday 17 September 2011
James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary, Broadway at 121st Street, Manhattan
Several world premieres
Accomplished performers from both coasts (and in between)
The New Spectrum Foundation (http://newspectrum.org/) is pleased to present the Nono Muchmore Warp(ed) Festival. This will feature the music of Italian composer Luigi Nono, NYC composer/cellist Pat Muchmore, and San Francisco composer/sound designer Richard Warp. The organizing concept of the program is the performance of music by composers with amusing names.
Time: 7 to 10:30 PM on Saturday 17 September 2011.
Place: James Chapel, Union Theological Seminary. Enter via door on Broadway at 121st Street.
Program (times are approximate):
700 PM: Pat Muchmore will have pieces premiered for cello (Pat Muchmore – Anti-Social Music), reeds (Ken Thompson – leader of Gutbucket, Slow/Fast and Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra) and violin (Jean Cook, Hubert Chen; both of Anti-Social Music). According to the composer, the music with reeds will explore “fractal structures and multiple musical ‘languages’”. The work for violins and cello “metaphorically explores the spaces where classical and quantum mechanics intersect”.
815 PM: Richard Warp will premiere selected works from “Illustrations” – an album currently in progress which is loosely based on themes found in Ray Bradbury’s 1951 book of short stories “The Illustrated Man”. Instrumentation: Piano (Taka Kigawa), violin (Caroline Shaw), bass clarinet (Jonathan Russell; Co-Director of the San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival) and live electronics (Richard Warp, Glenn Cornett). Selected performer details:
➢ Richard Warp is a composer and sound designer working in Emeryville, California. He has a Masters in Composition from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
➢ The New York Times has recently said of Taka Kigawa: “This powerful, interpretively incisive young pianist has made his name finding the emotional core in difficult, thorny music.” Taka’s recent (22 August) recital at le Poisson Rouge played to an enthusiastic, packed audience.
➢ Caroline Shaw has an MM in violin from Yale, and is currently a doctoral student in composition at Princeton. She has performed with some of the country’s premiere new music ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, Roomful of Teeth and Signal.
➢ Jonathan Russell is Co-Director of the San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival and has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory. He has performed widely in and recorded with a number of ensembles, including Ensemble Parallele, Sqwonk and Edmund Welles.
930 PM: Violinist Miranda Cuckson and sound artist Christopher Burns will collaborate in performing Luigi Nono’s great work “La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura”, one of the composer’s last compositions (1988-9). Involving elements of spatialization, theater, historical reference, vocalisation and improvisation, the roughly hour-long piece presents the fluctuating dynamic between a wanderer – the violinist playing and moving through the hall – and the surrounding world, evoked in sound by the material on Nono’s 8-track tapes, which is selected and molded by the sound artist in real-time dialogue with the violinist. In this performance, Miranda will render a remarkable dimension of the score that has been hitherto barely, if ever, explored: Nono’s indications of a vocal part to be layered with the violin part at the performer’s discretion. Miranda has a performance doctorate from Juilliard. The New York Times says she is “a brilliant young performer who plays daunting contemporary music with insight, honesty, and temperament”. Time Out NY has reviewed her as “fiercely gifted”. Christopher is widely considered the expert performer of this piece in the US. He has a composition doctorate from Stanford; while in the Bay Area he also helped found the sfSoundGroup contemporary music ensemble. He currently teaches composition and music technology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, where he curates the Unruly Music festival. Shortly after this performance, Drs. Cuckson and Burns will make the first surround-sound recording of this piece, scheduled to be released early 2012.
The New Spectrum Foundation is focused on the support of new music. It is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and has a presence in New York City.
Glenn Cornett, MD, PhD
President, New Spectrum Foundation
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