The Elastic Arts Room (formerly Project One), whose artistic and managing director is S21 home Christopher Zimmermann, is teaming up with the super cool composer/performer collective counter)induction and the Chris Lightcap Quintet (Tony Malaby, Mark Turner, Craig Taborn, Chris Lightcap, and Gerald Cleaver), to present Bigmouths on Monday, October 16th at 9 pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute of New York. 

Bigmouths explores the nature of improvisation and aleatoric music-making.  Counter)induction will give world premiere performances of new works by Douglas Boyce and Chris Lightcap and will perform works by Earle Brown and Vinko Globokar.  Chris Lightcap’s quintet will then use Lightcap’s compositions as departure points for their improvisations. 

Elastic Arts Room is a new organization that fosters conversations and collaborations between artists in different genres or disciplines.  

“Through a discussion with the performers and audience and an innovative blog-based pre-concert discussion forum, this unique collaboration will explore the cultural and philosophical ramifications of these approaches to music-making and will explore the concept of the ‘work’ within pluralism,” Chris says.

Other business: has an interview with composer David Schiff about his song cycle All About Love, which will be a highlight of the Metropolis Ensemble concert on Thursday, October 19, at 8 pm at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts.

Here’s one of those Ligeti Meets Rocky stories that will knock you out.

And, of course, the Concertino for Cellular Phones and Symphony Orchestra.

3 thoughts on “What Makes Your Bigmouth So Large?”
  1. Thanks, Seth, for the link! I’ve heard about that piece, and it was nice to see a good link to it. And, you’ve reflected my sentiments exactly!

  2. This is the third time – maybe fourth – I’ve heard of someone writing audience participation concert music involving cellphones, dating back at least five years. In my capacity as… something… I am officially letting all classical music people know that this is the last time the idea will be considered “quirky” or “clever” or “cute” or even worth noting.

  3. Sounds like a great concert. counter)induction always gets my attention both b/c they’re awesome musicians and b/c they slum it uptown most semesters to play pieces by Columbia undergrad composers. Some of my most worthwhile experiences in music education thus far were workshopping pieces w/ them. Go support ’em!

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