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Mary Bauermeister

Mary Bauermeister


Karlheinz Stockhausen’s 70-minute masterpiece “Stimmung” (“Tuning/mood/atmosphere”), for six amplified voices, will be performed at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 by VOXNOVA Italia, which is making its international debut with this concert. Founded 22 years ago in France as VOXNOVA, the widely acclaimed European vocal ensemble will be reincarnated in 2014 with five Italian contemporary vocal music specialists under the direction of founder, bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood. The American-born singer, a protégé of the late composer, recently moved from Berlin to Rome. VOXNOVA Italia, he says, has “cracked the code” of Stockhausen’s score by producing the harmonic balances asked for by the composer. Described as a trance-like stream of consciousness, “Stimmung” was inspired by walking among the ancient pyramids of Mexico, as well as by the spirit of free love permeating the period. The work’s steamy erotic poetry, usually performed in German, will be heard in English.

Opening this concert, which recalls the “summer of love” and impossible dreams of the late 1960s, cellist Timothy Loo will provide a point of departure with “Nomos Alpha” (1966) by Iannis Xenakis. The highly complex 15-minute work is considered impossible to perform as written. Loo will employ innovative new technology to completely render the work.

Wed., Jan. 22, Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades
Isherwood, who created the role of “Lucifer” in three of the operas making up Stockhausen’s massive cycle “Licht,” will perform “Capricorn” for singer and electronics, tailored to his voice by the composer. Isherwood will wear the original 1974 costume designed by Bauermeister. This performance will follow a rare performance of “Kontakte,” a seminal electronic work, in a new high-def digital restoration courtesy of Los Angeles-based composer Jennifer Logan and L.A.’s Occidental College. The 1960 premiere of the 30-minute work was also the occasion in which Stockhausen met visual artist and Fluxus catalyst Bauermeister, who will be present at this concert.

Sun., Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Goethe Institute, Los Angeles
The 80th birthday tribute to Bauermeister, the second of Stockhausen’s four wives, will conclude with an afternoon event devoted to her life and work. Reading in English from her new memoire, published in her native German, Bauermeister will discuss the ideas, both musical and visual, that were exchanged by the couple. Samples of elaborately embellished letters and musical diagrams, as well as her impromptu “altar” to Stockhausen will be on view. A nine-minute animated film, “Tribute to Mary Bauermeister,” in which she appears with such cultural icons as John Cage, Yoko Ono and Nam June Paik, will be screened.

January 22, 8pm MARY MEETS KARLHEINZ Villa Aurora
Karlheinz Stockhausen Kontakte (4-channels, 1960)
Stockhausen Capricorn (singer & 4-channels, 1974) from Tierkreis (Zodiac)
520 Paseo Miramar, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; Shuttle starts at 7pm; Tickets: $25/$15 students

January 25, 8pm HALLUCINATION First Presbyterian/SM
Iannis Xenakis Nomos Alpha (solo cello, 1966)
Karlheinz Stockhausen Stimmung (1968)
1220 2nd St., Santa Monica, CA 90402; pre-concert talk at 7pm; Tickets: $45 general/$20 students

January 26, 3pm MARY ELECTRIFIES Goethe Institute
Mary Bauermeister Reading, screening and improvisation with Nicholas Isherwood 5750 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Free admission; Online RSVP requested

Tickets: jacarandamusic.org; Information: (213) 483-0216.

About Jacaranda: Jacaranda, with a motto of “music at the edge,” is a series of intimate concert adventures into the realm of new and rarely heard classical music designed to awaken curiosity, passion and discovery in diverse audiences. Founded in 2003 by arts impresario Patrick Scott and conductor/organist Mark Alan Hilt, Jacaranda produces a series (eight concerts this season) that features current and rising stars in the world of classical music performance. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2013-14, Jacaranda’s full 2013-14 season information is available at jacarandamusic.org. Most concerts are held at First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, 1220 Second Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For information or to purchase tickets go to jacarandamusic.org, or call (213) 483-0216.

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“Sparks will fly when these two formidable new-music forces collide in this all-Xenakis blowout.”
- Time Out New York

Iktus Percussion joins Loadbang for a remarkable all-Xenakis concert this Friday, April 27th, 8pm at the AC Institute in Chelsea. The concert will feature an incredible lineup including Ensemble Loadbang (Jeffrey Gavett, Alejandro Acierto, Will Lang and Andy Kozar), Mariel Roberts, conductor Yoshi Onishi, and a venerable cast of up-and-coming new music performers in New York tackling exciting and challenging selections of Iannis Xenakis’ solo and chamber music.

Friday, April 27th, 8pm
AC Institute – 547 W. 27th St, New York NY
$15 general admission / $8 students and seniors

Iktus Percussion joins Loadbang to present selected works of Xenakis
Program includes:
Kottos (for solo cello), Mariel Roberts
Keren (for solo trombone), William Lang
Psappha (for solo percussion), Steve Sehman
Kassandra (for baritone & percussion), Jeffrey Gavett & Chris Graham
and
Khal Perr (for brass quintet & percussion)
Atrees (for 10 players)
featuring: Francis Liu, Carlos Cordiero, Roberta Michel, Tim Leopold, Dan Peck, David Byrd-Marrow, Fred Trumpy, Adam Forman, Joe Fee, and conductor Yoshi Onishi

www.iktuspercussion.com
www.loadbangmusic.com

About the ensembles:

Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, dynamic young ensemble committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre. Iktus is a collective-based operation, featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists with Chris Graham, Justin Wolf, Steve Sehman, Nick Woodbury, and Cory Bracken at the core. As a group with strong ties to the local artistic community, Iktus is dedicated to collaboration with emerging artists, having commissioned over fifty new works for percussion from such composers asAngélica Negrón, Aaron Siegel, Lisa R. Coons, Jenny Olivia Johnson, Stefan Weisman, and Billy Martin (ofMedeski, Martin and Wood), among others.

With an exciting and diverse range of repertoire, Iktus has performed at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, and Trinity Church. Iktus has been appointed to several residencies including SUNY Purchase College (where they performed Laura Kaminsky’s Terra Terribilis, a concerto for percussion quartet and orchestra), CUNY Brooklyn College, and the Pre-College music program at Stony Brook University. As performer-educators, Iktus has also hosted master classes to various enthusiastic elementary school audiences. Community outreach and public performance is an essential aspect of Iktus’ mission: in September of 2011, Iktus performed an exciting all-percussion outdoor concert in Fort Greene Park, including works by Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, and IannisXenakis.

In the Spring of 2010, Iktus was selected as a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick: Top Ten Concert of the Year, and received critical acclaim from the New York Times for their performance with the St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony in Symphony Space’s “Wall to Wall” series: Music of the Soviet ERA, and sold out the final evening of the Gaudeamus Muziekweek with critical acclaim at Issue Project Room in January of 2012.

New music chamber group loadbang, hailed as “inventive” by the New York Times, is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a broad stylistic palette ranging from wordless microtonal meditations to broad political satire. In the past three years, they have premiered more than 40 works, including several written by members of the band, and a new arrangement by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang. They also perform works for indeterminate ensemble, including such New York School classics as Brown’s December 1952 and Cage’s Four6 and Song Books.

Not content to dwell solely in the realm of notated music, loadbang is known for its searing and unpredictable improvisations, exploring the edges of instrumental and vocal timbre and technique, and blurring the line between composed and extemporaneous music. To this end, they have embarked on a project to record improvisations and works written by members of the band, designing fabricating and releasing hand-made copies in a limited edition. Recent performances include appearances at the Roger Smith Hotel on Talea Ensemble’s iNSIDE Out series, a program of all premieres at Issue Project Room, and a performance of Cage’s Song Books on the Avant Media Festival. The members of loadbang met as part of the first class of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance program.

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Collide-O-Scope Music is proud to present Dream of the Noctilucent City, its second concert of the season devoted to the close interinvolvement of a variety of media forms, both sonic and visual, acoustic and electronic. Dream of the Noctilucent City features music by Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, Stephen Gorbos, Christopher Bailey, John Cage, and Alvin Lucier, performed by pianist Augustus Arnone, saxophonist Noah Getz, and clarinetist Alejandro Acierto.

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