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OPEN FOR’m: Chaya Czernowin

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2013 at 9:23 am
“What I try to do is to create a strong experience which is almost kinesthetic… through your ears, you can actually smell, you can see, you can really come into touch with something that is not a melody or a harmony or a counterpoint. More than that, it is almost like a living organism… not an organism that we already know — it’s not something that you already have a drawer for. It is something that is a holistic entity, it has its own kind of way of existing in the universe. It is completely new.”
— Chaya Czernowin, composer

OPEN FOR’m: Chaya Czernowin
Tuesday, Oct 29th, 2013
7:00 PM in Brown Hall at New England Conservatory
OPEN FOR’m is an immersion, an encounter, a multi-dimensional experience. The Callithumpian Consort focuses on a single piece of music in a free-form event made of equal parts teach-in, demonstration, discussion, open rehearsal, Q and A session, pre-concert lecture, and post-concert reception. Sit next to and among the performers; experience the music, its history, challenges and beauties from inside the group!
Tonight’s concert is an encounter with the music of Chaya Czernowin (Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music, Harvard University), that will continue at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum on Thursday (10/31) with the premiere of Czernowin’s new work, Slow Summer Stay III: Upstream. The piece was commissioned by the Callithumpian Consort and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, with generous assistance from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.
We would love to see you on Tuesday, October 29th at our OPEN FOR’m in Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory — and please join us on Thursday, October 31st at the Gardner Museum for the premiere.  Click here to read a glowing preview article in the Boston Globe.
For $5 student tickets at the Gardner, please call the Box Office at 617.278.5156 (Wed-Mon, 10a-4p).

Above photo of Chaya Czernowin: Astrid Ackermann/Schott Promotion


Announcing 2013-2014!

In concerts, upcoming on September 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm


We’re excited to announce our current season — lots of incredible music by Onur Yildirim, Alvin Lucier, Lei Liang, Tristan Murail, Helmut Lachenmann, Morton Feldman, and John Zorn for our 2013-2014 performance season. We’ll be giving world premieres of new works written by Chaya Czernowin and Lee Hyla, featuring both Czernowin and Hyla in our OPEN FOR’M platform in conjunction with the Gardner Museum in Calderwood Hall — not to mention we’ll also be playing in a new series at the Gardner, “In and Out”: daytime concerts in which Callithumpian will perform Karlheinz Stockhausen‘s Aus den sieben Tagen. We’re also stoked to be playing a new piece by Roger Miller later in the spring.

What else? We’re off to Mexico in November, and we’re performing all around Boston and in NYC with a unique, all-Lucier show at Roulette.

Why don’t you check out our 2013-2014 calendar? More information will be coming your way — sign up for our newsletter to get the latest!

Salkind-Pearl in SICPP spotlight: Autumn Voices

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Yes, we still have more photos emerging from SICPP 2010!

Check out our Flickr photostream to see new footage of the Callithumpian-commissioned work for this past Sick Puppy festival, featuring composer Mischa Salkind-PearlSalkind-Pearl‘s Autumn Voices, scored for flute, clarinet, string quartet, percussion, and piano, was performed in a masterclass setting with the Callithumpian Consort performing onstage, followed by a discussion led by our composer-in-residence, Chaya Czernowin.   View the complete set here.

Interested in the composer?  Mischa Salkind-Pearl received degrees from Skidmore College, UMBC, and Boston Conservatory, the last of which he recently completed his Master’s degree in composition studying with Marti Epstein and Dalit WarshawSalkind-Pearl has also attended masterclasses by Joan Tower, Peter Schickele, Martin Bresnick, Jo Kondo, Simon Bainbridge, and Jonathan Harvey.

Performers of Salkind-Pearl‘s music include Ludovico, RUCKUS, pianist Miki Arimura, conductors Yohei Sato and Jason Love, Devil May Care Duo (DMC Duo), and of course, Callithumpian Consort.

Click to view: Salkind-Pearl's Autumn Voices

More photos from the IDITAROD will be up in the coming days — stay tuned!


Globe Review of Iditarod

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 12:12 am

The Boston Globe’s Matthew Guerrieri reviews the SICPP Iditarod.

Boston Globe reviews Iditarod

“If music were candy, the SICPP Iditarod would be like a tour of the Wonka factory. The far-out and unexpected are the stock-in-trade of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (“Sick Puppy’’ for short), a weeklong student immersion directed by Stephen Drury that annually culminates with a marathon concert. This year’s Iditarod — 29 pieces over seven hours — made for an impressive trick-or-treat haul…”

Read the rest here!  Great job everyone!



In Uncategorized on June 21, 2010 at 2:55 am

Congratulations, SICPP 2010!  We managed to finish the IDITAROD before midnight (saw a good number of iced coffees floating around) for a total of 7.5 hours of rad music — hope everyone slept in!

Callithumpian is now on Flickr!  Take a look at the SICPP Iditarod set (other sets from the Thursday and Friday concerts are up as well).  A few Iditarod groups were missed (webbottress is still part human), but we’ll be adding onto the photostream soon [also, quick disclaimer: let’s just say the blurred effect in some of the photos only emphasizes the real-time experience].

Reviews are starting to emerge: Boston Musical Intelligencer has released two on SICPP — one on the June 15th Schleiermacher concert (review by Fred Bouchard), and one of Callithumpian‘s Chaya Czernowin concert on June 17th (review by Mary Wallace Davidson).

Time flies when you’re having fun.  Many, many thanks to the following people: Chaya Czernowin, Steffen Schleiermacher, Corey Hamm, Yukiko Takagi, Nick Vines, Mathias Reumert, John Andress, Scott Deal, John Mallia, Jennifer Bewerse, Sean Hagon, Bob Winters, Aaron Dana, Lisa Nigris, Mike Kemp, Corey Schreppel, Jeremy Sarna, Andrew Hawk, Melissa Schoenack, Heather Mumford, Sarah Casados, and especially our SICPP program director, Elaine Rombola.

More soon; in the meantime, please check out the SICPP Iditarod set on Flickr!  Safe travels to all our Sick Puppies, and thank you all for a wonderful week.


Click to view the SICPP Iditarod set on Flickr!


In Uncategorized on June 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm

So, the legendary IDITAROD is finally here!  Performances start at 4:00 p.m. and might possibly end at _:__ (notice the single first digit — but not to worry; we’re doing hour-long segments).

… but honestly, what could be better than a 6 hour marathon of kick-@$$ music/sound/noise/installation/improv by Composition Fellows Victoria Cheah, Ryan Krause, Jason Belcher, Mark Poliks, Anne Goldberg, Bob Hansler, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Landon Rose, Michele Zaccagnini, Electronic Workshop Fellows David Dominique and Eli Stine, composer-in-residence Chaya Czernowin, as well as works by Andriessen, Crumb, Wolff, Saariaho, Berio, Feldman, John Luther Adams, Rzewski, Reich . . . all performed by the 2010 Sick Puppies and Callithumpian Consort?

Admission: free.

By the way, Elaine Rombola, program director of SICPP, has spent innumerable hours in planning for this incredibly wondrous, rare event.  Everyone, please swarm her throughout the concert with flowers/coffee/endless praise.

Draining a can of Mountain Dew at the moment.  See you tonight!  We’re going out with a bang!

Sick Puppy Iditarod! (photo, unrelated, by Frank Kovalchek)

the hourglass bleeds still

In Uncategorized on June 18, 2010 at 3:42 am

Chaya Czernowin: what a treat to hear three of her pieces in one concert.  Tonight, Callithumpian performed Sahaf, Afatsim, and The Hourglass Bleeds Still.  Each work was quite unique — at times, the sounds were curt, robust and physical, cut with intertwining moments of sparse, spiderweb-like strands; later on, the music was seemingly frozen and preserved in an other-worldly dimension.

An absolutely gorgeous program.  We’re thrilled to have her as our resident composer this year at SICPP.

Earlier today, Czernowin advised Composition Fellows Bob Hansler, Mark Poliks, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, Victoria Cheah, Anne Goldberg, and Michele Zaccagnini in the New Works masterclass; we had colloquia by Electronic Workshop Fellows David Dominique and Eli Stine; and back-to-back rehearsals in preparation for Saturday’s monumental IDITAROD.

Tomorrow at the Gardner will be an all-electroacoustic concert starting at 1pm, with Jonah Kaproff, Rane Moore, David Dominique, Kyle Adam Blair, Zach Herchen, Eli Stine, Stephen Upshaw, and Dave Tarantino performing.

And now, photos as promised!

Scott Deal

Percussionist Scott Deal preparing for Saariaho "Trois Rivieres"


Callithumpian members (L/R) Yukiko Takagi, Franziska Huhn, Gabriela Diaz, Jessi Rosinski, Ethan Wood, Ashleigh Gordon, Elizabeth Lowell Hobson, Benjamin Schwartz, (back) Jeffrey Means, vocalists Thea Lobo & Paula Downes performing Nicholas Vines "Torrid Nature Scene"


Callithumpian post-Vines "Torrid Nature Scene"


Callithumpian with Vines onstage

Callithumpian performing Sahaf

Callithumpian members (L/R) Yukiko Takagi, Nick Tolle, Maarten Stragier, Derek Beckvold performing Czernowin's Sahaf

Callithumpian performing Afatsim

Callithumpian members (back row, l/r) Yukiko Takagi, David Goodchild, Jeffrey Means, (front row, l/r) Jessi Rosinski, Ethan Wood, Mary Cicconetti, Gabriela Diaz, Rane Moore, Benjamin Schwartz performing Czernowin's Afatsim

Callithumpian performs The Hourglass Bleeds Still

Callithumpian members (L/R) Gabriela Diaz, Ethan Wood, Ashleigh Gordon, Stephen Upshaw, Benjamin Schwartz, David Goodchild performing Czernowin's The Hourglass Bleeds Still

Callithumpian with Chaya Czernowin

Callithumpian with Chaya Czernowin

Callithumpian closing bows

Callithumpian taking their last bow

Boston Celtics/Lakers riot preparation

Boston Police arrive at Jordan Hall: SICPP riots? Hm!

Signing off,

P.S. Friday’s 8pm concert in Williams Hall features Canadian pianist Corey Hamm, with performances by soprano Jennifer Ashe and percussionist Nick Tolle — not to be missed!  Free admission.

Schleiermacher yesterday, Saariaho and Vines today

In Uncategorized on June 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Quick summary of yesterday: if you didn’t catch the Schleiermacher concert last night, YOU MISSED OUT!  Steffen Schleiermacher, one of our special guest artists for SICPP 2010, performed a riveting and uninterrupted program of Lachenmann, Rihm, Stockhausen, Goldmann, Richter de Vroe, and a work by Schleiermacher himself (were those e-bows in the piano?).  Very serious repertoire; the perfect complement to Schleiermacher’s subtle sense of humor.  He’s a triple-threat as a pianist, composer, and conductor, and among numerous awards, won both the Kranichstein and Gaudeamus prizes in the 80’s.  His former teachers include Friedrich Goldmann and Aloys Kontarsky.

Earlier today was the Schleiermacher piano masterclass, composer colloquia with Michele Zaccagnini and Victoria Cheah, Electronic Workshop presentations on spatialization and interactivity, and countless rehearsals.

THE CALLITHUMPIAN CONSORT will be performing Saariaho‘s Trois Rivieres tonight with percussionists Scott Deal, Mathias Reumert, Joe Becker, Nick Tolle, and conductor Jeffrey Means — get ready for the mysterious sounds of de-correlated French poetry and delicate cymbals in quadraphonic design!  (you’ll want to sit as near to the center of Jordan Hall as possible).  The beautiful and provocative Nicholas Vines piece, Torrid Nature Scene, will be performed tonight by this spectacular list of folks: Gabby Diaz, Ethan Wood, Ashe Gordon, Ben Schwartz, Jessi Rosinski, Elizabeth Lowell Hobson, Franziska Huhn, Yukiko Takagi, Jeffrey Means, Paula Downs, Thea Lobo, with the (in)famous Stephen Drury conducting.

And yes, pictures will be coming soon.  Don’t forget — we also have concerts at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum at 1pm throughout this week!

Chugging this Zen tea before the concert.  See you there!

More soon,

P.S. TOMORROW (Thursday) at 8pm in Brown Hall: Callithumpian performs the music of Chaya Czernowin — Sahaf, Afatsim, and The Hourglass Bleeds Still.  Free admission!

SICPP begins…

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2010 at 2:14 am

The Callithumpian Consort has finally entered the blogging world.  Watch out.

We’ve just finished DAY ONE of the famous (or perhaps infamous) SICPP: Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice 2010, or Sick Puppy for those more familiar.  In brief: the festival, held at the New England Conservatory, is an intense week of rehearsals, masterclasses, and workshops of avant-garde and otherwise amazing music, with concerts every single night.  The week concludes with a marathon “Iditarod” on Saturday, June 19th, which lasts from 4pm until midnight.

This year, our composer-in-residence is the Israel-born Chaya Czernowin, who won the 1992 Darmstadt Kranichsteiner Musikpreis and has received commissions from IRCAM and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.  She is now on the faculty of Harvard University, and we’re very happy to be performing so much of her music this summer.

That being said, we are also performing the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kaija Saariaho, Nicholas Vines, Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Wolfgang Rihm, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and many, many more.

Our first concert will be on Monday, June 14th in Jordan Hall, with Karlheinz Stockhausen’s MANTRA performed by pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi.  Admission is free.

More soon: stay tuned!