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Five Nights of Performances February 19-27th in New York City

Avant Media, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to collaborative performance, announced today the first ever Avant Music Festival. The Festival presents five nights of live performances – February 19th-27th at Wild Project in New York City. The Avant Music Festival features some of the most talented young interpreters in New York, highlighting the influence of the performer on experimental music from the 20th century and today.

The Avant Music Festival is Avant Media’s first festival of music exploring the nature of collaboration. The performer is a critical and powerful influence on both the composition and realization of some of the most influential music of the last 70 years. The performers appearing are dedicated to the vibrant history and the exciting future of modern classical music. The festival is curated by Avant Media artistic director, Randy Gibson, and experimental vocalist Megan Schubert to reflect the intense and multi-faceted relationship between composer and performer and features works by Luciano Berio, Caleb Burhans, John Cage, Brian Ferneyhough, Randy Gibson, Alexander Knaifel, Harold Meltzer, Stuart Saunders Smith, John Steimetz, and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

“I prefer to write music not for instruments, but for performers,” said Gibson, the brooklyn-based minimalist composer, student of La Monte Young, and artistic director of Avant Media whose work bookends the show. “For me, the relationship I have with my performers is the most valuable I have. It is this collaboration of ideas and process that leads me to a higher plane of understanding of my work, and allows me to push the performers and audience to that same plane.”

The full list of performances is as follows:

  • Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars, an immersive sound world of pure primal harmonic relationships and visceral, improvised melodies from violins and just intonation toy organs. With special guest soloist: experimental violinist, champion of new music, and founder of the distinguished FLUX quartet, Tom Chiu.
  • Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, An evening of works by John Cage featuring members of the loadbang ensemble, MIVOS quartet, Megan Schubert, Randy Gibson, and Jude Traxler performing String Quartet in Four Parts, One4, Two3, and Songbooks
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, Music für Solisten, Solo performances by some of the most talented young interpreters in New York, featuring: Nicole Camacho, Annie Lyle, Mariel Roberts, Megan Schubert, Jude Traxler and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe
  • Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, featuring Am Himmel wandre Ich performed by Megan Schubert and Jeff Gavett and Die 7 Lieder der Tage performed by Christie Finn.
  • Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, Randy Gibson’s Apparitions of The Four Pillars, with guest soloist William Lang
  • Tickets to individual concerts for $15, $5 for students, and Festival Passes, as well as multi-night subscriptions, are now available exclusively from . All performances will start at 8PM at Wild Project – 195 East 3rd Street.

    Avant Media supports the production and performance of collaborative artistic projects. Focusing on live performance, film, and installation, Avant Media promotes a method of parallel collaboration that engages all members of the creative team from concept through realization. For more information please visit or follow Avant Media on Twitter @avantmedia.

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    doleoavatarOn November 21st, 2009, Avant Media will present the world premiere of Doleo Æternus, an evening-length concert, rooted in the history and tradition of North Indian rāga performance, by minimal composer and Avant Media founding director, Randy Gibson with video sculpture by Oscar Henriquez. The performance will take place at The Wild Project at 195 East 3rd Street in New York City at 8PM. Doleo Æternus is performed live by Matt Beckemeyer, Drew Blumberg, Randy Gibson, Annie Lyle, Laine Rettmer, Megan Schubert, Cleek Schrey, and Kobe Van Cauwenberghe. Tickets are available from

    Unfolding slowly over time and making use of ritual, visuals, and scent, Doleo Æternus is an all-encompassing musical experience that is unabashedly modern yet deeply rooted in tradition. Scored for voices, instruments, just intonation toy organs, and computer, Doleo Æternus focuses on intensely defined improvisations over a melodic cycle and drones. The computer restructures the live sound into looped and scaled snippets obscuring pulse, and blending textures and registers. Oscar Henriquez’s video sculpture, based on elements of Tibetan calligraphy, provides a visual focus for the listener and serves to elucidate the structure of the piece as it progresses through the sections.

    On the process and history of Doleo Æternus, Gibson says “When I had my first voice lesson with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela in early 2005 I never thought that it would have such a profound and permanent influence on my work. What began as a simple chord progression has evolved into an incredible wealth of material and a whole new way of thinking about music. The ensemble performing with me is truly amazing, and represents a rich cross-section of performance traditions. Everyone brings their own unique voice to this piece, and it’s an absolute pleasure to play.”

    The world premiere of Doleo Æternus presents a singular vision of new classical music where the full experience of the audience is taken into account and a piece grows and evolves with each new performance. Every performance of Doleo Æternus is different and completely new, from the chance operations of the computer, to the choices of each individual performer, a performance can never be repeated.

    Doleo ̠ternus will be performed November 21st, 2009 at The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd Street, in New York City. Tickets, $10-$25, are now available through Рfor more about the piece, including sound samples, please visit the Doleo ̠ternus Minisite

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