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Cage, Brown, Poliks, Caballero, Lucier

In concerts on January 22, 2013 at 12:41 am

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Brown, Caballero, Cage, Lucier, Poliks
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory
8 PM | Free

Earle Brown: String Quartet
Eduardo Caballero: What is time, please? Convergencias III for piano and live electronics
Marek Poliks: tress/burl (2012 SICPP commission)
Alvin Lucier: Braid (written for the Callithumpian Consort)
John Cage: String Quartet in Four Parts

Fresh from the Earle Brown Symposium, we’re thrilled to give another performance of Earle Brown‘s simultaneously “graphic” and “mobile” String Quartet (1965). As the String Quartet explores flexibility within sub-structures (Brown is known for pioneering open form), no two performances are intended to be identical.

Following the Brown is Mexican composer Eduardo Caballero‘s What is time, please? Convergencias III for piano and live electronics. Callithumpian’s Yukiko Takagi will be the soloist.

Marek Poliks‘s unrelenting tress/burl was first performed at the 2012 Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) as the featured SICPP Composition Fellow commission. At its premiere, tress/burl was described by the Boston Globe’s Matthew Guerrieri as the “harsh, entertainingly maddening insistence of a conspiracy theorist.”

Last spring, we were fortunate to have Alvin Lucier in residence here at NEC; we premiered his beautiful septet, Braid (2012), written for us, later that year at SICPP. Bearing in mind Lucier’s emphasis on the propagation and flow of sound itself, Braid promises to be beyond exquisite in a space like Jordan Hall.

We close the program with a performance of John Cage‘s String Quartet in Four Parts (1950); for now, we’ll leave you with this:

“After reading the work of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, I decided to attempt the expression in music of the ‘permanent emotions’ of Indian traditions: the heroic, the erotic, the wondrous, the mirthful, sorrow, fear, anger, the odious and their common tendency toward tranquility.” —John Cage

Join us this Saturday, January 26
at 8:00 PM in Jordan Hall.

We’d love to see you there.

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Earle Brown: Beyond Notation

In concerts on January 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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This Friday and Saturday, January 18 and 19th, Boston celebrates the American avant-garde composer Earle Brown (1926-2002) in the symposium Beyond Notation, hosted by Northeastern University. A native of Massachusetts, Brown studied at Northeastern and Schillinger House (now Berklee College of Music) before establishing his career in New York and Europe as a groundbreaking composer and conductor of graphic notation and “open form” music.

Stephen Drury and the Callithumpian Consort are among the international group of presenters, hailing from music, art, and dance disciplines, who will come together in examining the life and musical legacy of Earle Brown. Presenters include Kyle Gann (Bard College), Richard Toop (Sydney Conservatorium), Susan Sollins Brown (President, Earle Brown Music Foundation), Thomas Fichter (Director, Earle Brown Music Foundation), Carolyn Brown (Merce Cunningham Dance Company), Louis Pine, pianist Steffen Schleiermacher (Leipzig, Germany), and Mickey Katz (Boston Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players).

Callithumpian Consort will be performing in two evening concerts, sharing the bill both nights with pianist Steffen Schleiermacher. On January 18th, the program includes Earle Brown’s Times Five, Folio, Octet I, and String Quartet, alongside Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Klavierstueck XI (Schleiermacher), Lee Weisert’s New England Drift, and Christian Wolff’s Microexercises.  January 19th‘s program will feature Earle Brown’s Available Forms I, Sign Sounds, Centering, and Corroboree (3 pianos), as well as John Zorn’s For Your Eyes Only and Pierre Boulez’s Constellation-Miroir (Schleiermacher). Both evening concerts will be at 8:00 PM at the Fenway Center.

The U.S. premiere of Brown’s sound installation, Music for Galerie Stadler (1964) will be hosted by Gallery 360 at Northeastern University alongside a photo exhibit, January 14 – February 26. Events will be held at the Fenway Center of Northeastern University, Blackman Auditorium, and Calderwood Hall at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

Click here to register for any of the events/performances of Beyond Notation. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended, as seating may be limited. The Art and Music of Earle Brown session on January 18 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be subject to museum admission fees for registrations submitted after January 17.

See the full schedule and register at www.music.neu.edu/earlebrown.