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Curran, Elwood, Murray, Cage, Brown, Zorn

In concerts, upcoming on February 19, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Closing February and opening March, we have a two-day, new music extravaganza in Boston: two nights of incredible music as we continue the 2012 Callithumpian season. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 29 and Thursday, March 1!

Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Brown Hall, New England Conservatory

Paul Elwood: Stanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home
Paul Elwood: Under the Table (world premiere)
Alvin Curran: Schtyx
Brendan Murray: Deployment (world premiere)

On Wednesday, February 29, we’ll perform two Paul Elwood works (Stanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home, as well as premiere Elwood’s Under the Table), Alvin Curran‘s trio Schtyx — described by Curran as “charts, bones, professions, shades, numbers, glues, hypes, acts, devils, organgrindings, wood implements, jugglers, chance operations, performance art, the Yiddish underground” — and we also give the world premiere of Deployment, a new work by Brendan Murray.

The music of composer and banjo-player Paul Elwood has been performed internationally, from the US, to Darmstadt, to South Africa, Australia, and France, to name but a few. His new piece, Under the Table, is based on rhythms and cadences of auctioneers. Our own Callithumpian cellist, Ben Schwartz, had sent Paul some recordings he had made of rural Pennsylvania auctioneers, and in addition, Paul had interviewed an auctioneer from Colorado while writing this new work. Also, a treat: Paul himself will perform his new piece with us (Ben tells me he’s a beast on banjo). Under the Table is written for Jen Ashe, Jessi Rosinski, and Ben Schwartz.

Boston-based electronic musician and composer Brendan Murray has a particular bent with drones and repetition, being interested in recording and processing instruments and tapes “until all traces of instrumentality are blurred, leaving only large blocks of pure sound”. His new work, Deployment, scored for 7 instrumentalists, computer, microphones, and loudspeakers, plays on the concept of a live, self-looping instrumental cluster which is then sampled and diffused in digital variations, interacting with the original acoustic source as well as with the physical space.


Thursday, Mar 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Calderwood Hall, Gardner Museum

John Cage: Apartment House 1776
Earle Brown: Available Forms I
John Zorn: For Your Eyes Only

On Thursday, March 1, we migrate over to the lovely new Calderwood Hall at the Gardner Museum for the first of Callithumpian’s series of John Cage celebrations (it’s his 100th birthday this year!). As Part I of the series, we’ll perform Cage’s Apartment House 1776, Earle Brown‘s Available Forms I, and John Zorn‘s For Your Eyes Only. We’ll follow this structure of a Cage work, a work by one of Cage’s New York School contemporaries, and a work by a third composer profoundly influenced by Cage throughout the year for a total of three Callithumpian concerts celebrating the 2012 Cage Centennial at the Gardner Museum.

So, there you have it: two consecutive nights of good music you don’t want to miss. Bring your friends, grandma, downstairs neighbor, etc. — anyone who’s interested in experiencing and engaging with new sounds and ideas … join us!