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Contact: Ellen Pfeifer
Public Relations Manager
New England Conservatory

For Immediate Release:
June 4, 2007

New England Conservatory’s SICPP (“Sick Puppy”) Welcomes “Resolute Outsider” Walter Zimmermann in Annual Institute, June 18—23

German Composer a Prime Mover in the “New Simplicity” Movement

Zimmermann’Music Influenced by American Indian Folk Music, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Medieval Mystics, Zen Buddhist Tracts, Classical Philosophers

Walter Zimmermann, the 58-year old German composer whom musicologist Richard Toop has described as a “resolute outsider,” will be welcomed into the SICPP fold, during the annual summer seminar, June 18—23. He will serve as BnG Composer-in-Residence.

SICPP or the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (forever known as “Sick Puppy”) takes place every summer at New England Conservatory, under the direction of NEC pianist Stephen Drury. A seminar highlighted by nightly concerts, SICPP has become known as Boston’s most concentrated, extensive, and adventurous new music event. It features international performers of new music as well as local champions of dissonance. This year’s institute focuses on the work of Zimmermann, who teaches at the Berlin Academy of Music. He will be joined on the institute faculty by Drury, Jeffrey Gilliam, Heather O’Donnell, Yukiko Takagi, Scott Deal, and Robert Schulz.

Throughout the week, pianists and percussionists will participate in masterclasses, coachings, and private lessons. Each evening, there will be performances by faculty members plus musicians from the Callithumpian Consort. Musical selections will include several works by Zimmermann plus music of Cage, Christian Wolff, Feldman and others. Selected students will be invited to perform on the final evening concert, June 23. Zimmermann’s participation and the institute as a whole are sponsored by the Goethe Institut Boston, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund, the BnG Foundation, and the Yamaha Corporation.

Evening performances take place June 18, 19th and 22 at 8 p.m. in Williams Hall; June 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. in NEC’s Jordan Hall; and June 23 at 5 p.m. in Brown Hall. All are free and open to the public. The schedule follows:

Monday, June 18 – Williams Hall
Luciano Berio: Sequenza IV
Stephen Drury, piano
Per Bloland: Negative Mirror, Part II
Lukas Foss: Ni Bruit, Ni Vitesse

Tuesday, June 19 – Williams Hall
John Luther Adams: Dark Waves for two pianos and electronics
Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi, pianos
John Luther Adams: Red Mountains
Stephen Drury, piano
John Luther Adams: Burst for percussion and electronics
Scott Deal, percussion
Frederic Rzewski: De Profundis
Jeffrey Gilliam, piano

Wednesday, June 20 – NEC’s Jordan Hall
Walter Zimmermann – Wüstenwanderung
Heather O’Donnell, piano
Zimmermann: from Lokale Musik –
Nicholas Vines – The Butcher of Brisbane for saxophone and ensemble
Eliot Gattegno, saxophone

Thursday, June 21 – Jordan Hall
Walter Zimmermann: from Lokale Musik –
Fränkische Tänze
Tamar Diesendruck: Being As How
Dorothy Hindman: Beyond the Cloud of Unknowing
Scott Deal, percussion

Friday, June 22 – Williams Hall
Walter Zimmermann: The Missing Nail at the River
Arnulf Herrmann: Privatsammlung
Bernhard Lang: Cellular Automata
Heather O’Donnell, piano

Saturday, June 23 – Brown Hall, 5pm
SICPP MARATHON!!! – 4+ hours of performances by SICPP fellows and faculty
Music will include Stockhausen Kontakte, Kagel Match, Crumb Vox Balaenae, and new works by the SICPP composition studio.
Note 5:00pm start time – come and go as you please

For further information, check the NEC Website at: www.newenglandconservatory.edu/concerts or http://sicpp.org
Or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NEC’s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes—thereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NEC’s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of “From the Top,” a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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