Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

From the epic Icelandic figure of Skallagrímsson to melting landscapes and water, images abound in this year’s c3 electronic music event at the Experimental Sound Studio, Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.

Featured on the program are chamber performances with traditional and modern instruments, sound processing and electronics. Performers include clarinetist Alejandro Acierto, pianist Lawrence Axelrod, cellists Elizabeth Start and Craig Hultgren, guitarist Timothy Johnson, and computer-based performers Beth Bradfish, Kyong Mee Choi, and Tim Edwards.

Ceaseless Cease for clarinet and electronics by Kyong Mee Choi
Skallagrímsson for piano and electronics by David Heuser
all that remains for voice and electronics by Alejandro Acierto
Aurora Inscrutabile for cello and electronics by Timothy Ernest Johnson
Getting By for Moog theremini and live processing by Elizabeth Start
Melt for laptop ensemble, guitar, piano, cello, ebows and smart phones by Beth Bradfish
Water Study #2 for clarinet and processing by

From the epic Icelandic figure of Skallagrímsson to melting landscapes and water, images abound in this year's c3 electronic music event at the Experimental Sound Studio, Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.

Live Digital Performances VII: Lands of Ice and Water

Tickets are $15 for general public / $5 for students and seniors

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Experimental Sound Studio
5925 N Ravenswood
Chicago

Live Digital Performances: Lands of Ice and Water

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium’s annual electronic music concert

This year’s c3 electronic music event will be held at the Experimental Sound Studio on Sunday, April 3 at 7:30 pm.

Featured on the program are chamber performances with traditional and modern instruments, sound processing and electronics. Performers include clarinetist Alejandro Acierto, pianist Lawrence Axelrod, cellists Elizabeth Start and Craig Hultgren, guitarist Timothy Johnson, and computer-based performers Beth Bradfish, Kyong Mee Choi, and Tim Edwards.

Ceaseless Cease for clarinet and electronics by Kyong Mee Choi
Skallagrímsson for piano and electronics by David Heuser
all that remains for voice and electronics by Alejandro Acierto
Aurora inscritabile for cello and electronics by Timothy Ernest Johnson
Getting By for Moog theremini and live processing by Elizabeth Start
Melt for laptop ensemble, guitar, piano, cello, ebows and smart phones by Beth Bradfish
Water Study #2 for clarinet and processing by Tim Edwards

Tickets are $15 for general public / $5 for students and seniors

 

c3 presents Fonema Consort with guest composer Orlando Garcia

Chicago Composers’ Consortium 2015-16 Season Opener
Featuring the music of guest composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia and participation by members of the Fonema Consort

Friday, October 9th 7:30 PM
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N. Lakewood Ave.
Tickets, $15 or $5 for students and seniors, can be purchased online or at the door

Fonema Consort

Fonema Consort

We will feature guest composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia. Orlando is on the faculty of Florida International University and is director of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival. His music – spare, quiet and spicy – has been too little heard in Chicago.

Orlando Garcia

Orlando Garcia

 

The program includes
Core Interludes for piano, cello and percussion by Orlando Garcia
oscurecimiento gradual for solo piano by Orlando Garcia
el silencio despues de la lluvia flute and guitar by Orlando Garcia
entre michigan y jefferson for soprano, flute and percussion by Orlando Garcia
Heterophonies for alto flute, guitar and cello by Lawrence Axelrod
Exchanges for soprano, flute and percussion by Martha Horst
Kay Ryan Songs for cello and piano by Laura Schwendinger
More Talking Object Songs for soprano, flute, cello, percussion and piano by Elizabeth Start

Performed in the beautifully warm acoustics of the North Shore Baptist Church, a real gem in the Andersonville neighborhood. (There’s a very beautiful Loredo Taft altarpiece as well!)

We do hope you can join us for this very special opening of our 2015-16 season. Tickets can be purchased online by following this link, and will also be available at the door.

New Music Chicago 10 Year Birthday Bash

nmc.10Featuring “Fantasy in 3G” for guitar trio by C3 composer Timothy Ernest Johnson.

C3 merchandise will be raffled from Elizabeth Start and Kyong Mee Choi. Also being raffled: a free subscription to C3′s upcoming 2015-2016 season!

New Music Chicago 10 Year Birthday Bash
Friday, September 11, 2015
PianoForte, 1335 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
Doors open at 7pm, concert at 7:30pm
Tickets : $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Featuring Chicago’s hottest performers and composers:
Seth Boustead • Chicago Composers Consortium • Kyong Mee Choi • Ensemble Dal Niente • Fulcrum Point New Music Project • Gaudete Brass Quintet • Amos Gillespie • Shanna Gutierrez • Tim Johnson • Herine Koschak • WJ Raynovich • Augusta Read Thomas • Andrew Williams • Amy Wurtz

Five new orchestral works on Sunday, April 26

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Help celebrate the Consortium’s 25th anniversary season!

CCO, Matthew Kasper, conductor
Special guests Mary Stolper, flute and
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano

Sunday, April 26 at 3:00
Ebenezer Lutheran Church,
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium is teaming up with the Chicago Composers Orchestra on Sunday April 26 to present a concert of Chicago and world premieres!
Five outstanding new works

Come and join us for the celebration. Hear these outstanding and memorable new works, then afterward enjoy some refreshments, and talk with the composers.


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Waking Dream for flute and orchestra
by Laura Schwendinger
featuring Mary Stolper, flute
Chicago première

Waking Dream (2009) is a single movement poem for flute and chamber orchestra. It was written for and dedicated to the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition winner, Christina Jennings. The work blossoms slowly through a long and sustained dream-like span of tremolo strings with harp, and vibraphone figures, sprinkled about as the flute flitters and flies above and below. Like golden reflections of light from the setting sun on water, Waking Dream is meant to evoke an intense, and shimmering color world of sound. Available on Albany records (Troy 1390) with Christina, and was nominated by them for a Grammy.


marthaParallel Digressions for string orchestra
by Martha Callison Horst
World Première
Parallel Digressions (2015) for string orchestra features rapidly shifting harmonies moving in parallel motion.  As the piece progresses, musical phrases are frequently interrupted by diverging musical ideas.  Some of these digressions last for one or two measures, some last for much longer.

 


As Far as Cho-Fu-Sa
by Kathleen Ginther
featuring Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
World Première
As Far As Cho-Fu-Sa (2015) is a setting of the last stanza of The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter, from a small volume of poems entitled Cathay: Translations by Ezra Pound. Pound’s translation is a very free interpretation of a poem by the great Chinese poet Li Po about distance and longing, written by a young 8th century Chinese wife to her absent husband.  As Far As Cho-Fu-Sa was written for the CCO. It is based on a larger 3-movement work entitled The River Merchant’s Wife: A Letter, written for the SIU Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble and premiered at Symphony Center in 2011.


Dreams of Summer for string orchestra
by Elizabeth Start
Chicago première
Elizabeth Start’s Dreams of Summer was written in honor of a landmark birthday year of Phyllis Jansma of Michigan’s Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Meant to evoke memories of happy summers playing music for long hours, often late into the night, with friends in a relaxed and rustic setting, the piece alludes to some of the camp’s favorite repertoire. It begins with a melody distorted from the opening of Mozart’s K. 157 string quartet, and references Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto and a bit of a tango.


The Art of Peace for mezzo-soprano & orchestra
featuring Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano
by Timothy Dwight Edwards, text Emily Dickinson
World première
Emily Dickinson lived through the Civil War, and her poetry reflects a struggle with hope for peace and a search for the role of the artist. These three songs draw connections between those themes.
1. Hope is a thing with feathers
2. Many times I thought that peace had come
3. The martyr poets


Sunday, April 26, 2015, 3:00 PM
Ebeneezer Lutheran Church
1650 W. Foster Ave, Chicago
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Tickets
$15 general
$5 students / seniors
This concert is made possible by the generous support of our contributors, including grants from Womens Philharmonic Advocacy and the Alice M. Ditson Fund.

 

Sound of Silent Film at the Music Box Theater

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Sound of Silent Film

Sound of Silent Film this weekend is to include scores by Elizabeth Start, Brian Baxter and other Chicago composers. Produced by Access Contemporary Music, the Sound of Silent Film is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Sunday, April 19 7:30 PM
Music Box Theater
3733 N. Southport Ave.
$20, $12 online, $8 students and seniors
(at the door with ID)

Into the Cave of Wonders (2011), Spain

Director: Manuel Benito de Valle
Composer: Elizabeth Start
Synopsis: A silent short documentary shot in 4k resolution and HDR that strives to show -definitely not tell- a glimpse into one of the most beautiful creations on earth… from its unfathomable beginning millions of years ago to what it has become today.

Hitclown (2001) U.S.A.

Director: Chris Mancini
Composer: Brian Baxter
A Hitman and a Clown accidentally switch bags and find they like the other’s job better. Starring Jay Johnston (HBO’s Mr. Show, Anchorman, Moral Orel) and Jennifer Elise Cox (The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very Brady Sequel)

Shot in black and white with no dialogue, Hitclown is a comedy noir that explores the thing inside all of us that runs opposite to our outward natures.

Pillow Girl (2007) U.S.A.
Director: Ronnie Cramer
Composer: Andrew Tham

Marquee (2014) U.S.A.
Director: Brian Zahm
Composer: Oren Boneh

Junk Girl (2014) Iran
Director: Mohammad Zare
Composer: Rob Steel

The West Begins at Fifth Avenue
Director: Max Sherwood
Composer: Joseph Buchheit\\

Into the Cave of Wonders (2011) Spain
Director: Manuel Benito de Valle
Composer: Elizabeth Start

CCC meets the CCO – our 25th Anniversary Celebration, April 26

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Help celebrate the Consortium’s 25th anniversary season!

CCO, Matthew Kasper, conductor
Special guests Mary Stolper, flute and
Julia Bentley, mezzo-soprano

Sunday, April 26 at 3:00
Ebeneezer Lutheran Church,
1650 W. Foster Ave., Chicago

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium is teaming up with the Chicago Composers Orchestra on Sunday April 26 to present a concert of Chicago and world premieres!
Five outstanding new works
Come and join us for the celebration. Hear these outstanding and memorable new works, then afterward enjoy some refreshments, and talk with the composers.

 

Works by Horst, Schwendinger, Edwards, Start, and Ginther

Tickets $15 general / $5 students & seniors

Tickets will also be available at the door

 

baritone Brad Jungwirth, soprano Henriët Fourie and instrumental works

Chicago Composers’ Consortium
Thursday, February 26 7:30 PM
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1218 W Addison St., Chicago
Neighborhood Parking permit available with the purchase of a ticket

$15/$5 students and seniors
Featuring baritone Brad Jungwirth singing four world premiere works by Lawrence Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi, Timothy Ernest Johnson and Elizabeth Start and soprano Henriët Fournie singing a work by Kathleen Ginther, plus instrumental works by Martha Horst and Julia Miller.

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium presents an intimate evening of vocal and instrumental works. The concert features baritone Brad Jungwirth singing premieres by Lawrence Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi, Timothy Ernest Johnson and Elizabeth Start in French, English and Portuguese! Soprano Henriët Fourie will sing a work based on poems of Apollinaire by Kathleen Ginther. The concert will also feature instrumental works by Martha Horst and Julia Miller.

Tickets are $15, $5 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Please join us for a fun evening of new music in a lovely, acoustically kind space!

function:object concert • feature: Hospício É Deus: Valsa

function:object • October 24 • 8:00 PM • Sherman Theater • 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston • $15/$5

Music with electronic roots by Nic Collins, Kyong Mee Choi, Christopher Biggs, Timothy Ernest Johnson, Elizabeth Start, Francisco Castillo Trigueros, Timothy Dwight Edwards and Ben Sutherland

Program VI in our series Live Digital Performances

Buy tickets for function:object online or at the door. $15 or $5 for students and seniors.

Hospício É Deus: Valsa for guitar and electronics

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This work is from a series of works inspired by the writing of Brazilian author Maura Lopes Cançado, specifically her book Hospício É Deus (Diário I). The title of this book translates to “The Asylum is God.” It relates her experiences while interned at the Gustavo Riedel psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro in the years 1959 to 1960. The book is written in the form of a diary and explores themes of human tragedy, poetry and eternity. “Valsa” refers to a scene in which Cançado asks one of the patients, a former opera singer, to sing the “Valsa da Museta” aria from La Bohème.

function:object concert • feature: Simulacra Lingua

function:object • October 24 • 8:00 PM • Sherman Theater • 1702 Sherman Avenue, Evanston • $15/$5

In Ben Sutherland’s Simulacra Lingua the computer sonically and musically interprets the performer’s posture and position onstage by means of the Xbox Kinect interface, synchronizing and juxtaposing recorded instructional language excerpts with live and live-processed flute performance by using C flute and alto flute.

Here, in part, is what electronic pioneer Howard Sandroff said about Ben Sutherland’s musical event “The Machine is Neither” in which Simulacra Lingua was premiered in August:

Those of us who focus our lives on making art using the most current technology are plagued by the conundrum inherent in the balance of technological mastery and artistic sensibility. Yesterday evening was one of those seminal events that demonstrates that mastering the technology AND artistic sensibility are within grasp… Ben Sutherland’s performance at Constellation, was that event.

Ben spent the year mastering the ‘quirkiness’ of the Xbox Kinect driving real-time, interactive programs in Max/MSP instead of its designed application to control Xbox games. Having dabbled in gesture control of Max/MSP I am more than familiar with the programming challenges of just making these devices work with Max let alone reaching a level of programming complexity that forces the ‘machine’ to deliver subtlety, thereby achieving reliable artistic control of audio processing and synthesis. Ben did it. His collaborations with flutist Emma Hospelhorn and dancers from The Space?Movement Project achieved a level of musical and movement meaning that touched and moved this curmudgeonly old composer as well an audience, which included many critical fellow artists.

To my mind, Ben reached the pinnacle of artistic expression through the eight individual pieces, which flowed one to another explicating an organic and seamless transition. Ben’s programming skills, audio practice and compositional excellence perfectly embodies our goal of integrating and mastering audio and music technology to the service of artistic expression…

— Howard Sandroff

In the composer’s words

This piece explores the spatial, embodied, and inter-permeable dimensions of language and music. To begin the movement, the performer selects loops of spoken language which the Machine provides at random. She then manipulates the length and pitch of the loops, before replacing them with musical imitations of each phrase. The performer then blurs the line between dance and instrumental performance by using her body to mold, reshape, and decimate the musical simulacra to create new sonic textures. The piece closes with a return to its linguistic roots.