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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!


CC at Boston College

In concerts on October 20, 2012 at 10:59 pm

We’re in residence this season at Boston College, working and performing with BC students in shared concerts as well as concerts of our own.

Coming up on Monday, October 22, Callithumpian performs music by CageFeldmanWolffBrown, and MurailThe concert begins at 8:00 PM in Gasson 100Admission is free.

Program details:

John CageString Quartet in Four Parts, Music for Seven
Morton FeldmanTwo Pieces for Clarinet and String Quartet
Tristan MurailLachrymae (commissioned by Callithumpian)
Earle BrownString Quartet
Christian WolffHay Una Mujer Desaparecida

For more information, please visit the Boston College Music DepartmentFor directions to the campus, please click here.

This concert is sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts and the Music Department.

Mantra, Marteau

In concerts, upcoming, video on February 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm

In a few weeks, we’ll be back on board with our first concert of 2011: Stockhausen’s MANTRA and Boulez’s MARTEAU (Le marteau sans maitre). Mantra, for 2 pianists with percussion and live electronics, is a 70-minute ring-modulation experience diffused through 4 channels. Marteau, which we performed as part of the Boulez Festival earlier this season to much acclaim, is the seminal piece scored for voice, alto flute, viola, guitar, vibraphone, and xylorimba. Both works will be performed in Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at 8pm.

Also, video clips of Morton Feldman’s Viola In My Life (I) and Earle Brown’s Novara are  now up on YouTube!  This was from our December concert at New England Conservatory (in case you missed it – or want to hear it again!).

Here’s Feldman’s Viola In My Life (I), with violist Sarah Darling:

Earle Brown’s Novara:

more soon,

Dare and Irreverence Review

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Callithumpian performing Earle Brown's Novara

Happy 2011!  Hope everyone has been staying warm and avoiding blizzards!

Just a brief post to say that our Flickr page has been updated with photos from our past December concert.  We had a marvelous review in the Boston Musical Intelligencer, which you may read in full here.  We performed Morton Feldman’s Viola In My Life (I), to which Intelligencer’s Dominique noted “…the ensemble nobly proceeded as if in a silent hall, and solo violist Sarah Darling’s performance was focused, nuanced and arresting.”  And regarding Earle Brown’s Novara: “…savage stabs of dissonance were employed deftly by Drury to cut through softly sustained static harmonies. Eventually, a nostalgic piano refrain, which began the piece, was tastefully revisited by pianist Elaine Rombola, fostering a satisfying completeness. By the end of this adventure, it seemed there was a smile on every face in the hall, from house to stage.”  Read more of this review.

Coming up: Stephen Drury performs a solo recital in Jordan Hall this Tuesday, January 18th.  The program will be Ives’s Concord Sonata (with flutist Fenwick Smith), Schumann’s Davidsbundlertanze, and Christian Wolff’s Hay Una Mujer Desaparecida (after Holly Near). Tuesday at 8pm, free admission.

–more soon, from your friendly

More Feldman!

In Uncategorized on December 5, 2010 at 10:13 pm
First Monday with Feldman

First Monday Series, 12.06.10 at 8pm.

Did violist Sarah Darling whet your appetite for more Feldman last Friday with her incredible sensitivity?  Fear not — Morton Feldman‘s The Viola in My Life, parts 2 and 3, will be performed tomorrow, December 6th at 8pm in Jordan Hall on the First Monday Series at the New England Conservatory.  The performance will feature violist Kim Kashkashian and pianist Stephen Drury, both on faculty at NEC, with NEC alumni Ethan Wood, Cheng-Hou Lee, Jessi Rosinski, Alexis Lanz, and Jeffrey Means.  Free admission!

Thanks again to everyone who came to Feldman/Brown/Diesendruck/Zaccagnini!  Here’s the listing of the fantastic personnel for that evening: Sarah Darling, Lisa Husseini, Ethan Wood, Ben Schwartz, Jeffrey Means, Elaine Rombola, Yukiko Takagi, Alexis Lanz, John Russell, Gabriela Diaz, Martha Long, Mary Cicconetti, Roslyn Black, Nicholas Tolle, Andre Sonner, Michael Unterman, Daniel Lim, David Goodchild, and Kathy Schulmeister.  Congrats to all on a great concert!  Pictures will be up on the Flickr shortly.

Again, tomorrow’s Jordan Hall concert includes parts 2 and 3 of The Viola in My Life — a musical opportunity not to be missed!

–more soon, from your friendly webbottress.

Feldman, Brown, Diesendruck, Zaccagnini

In Uncategorized on December 2, 2010 at 1:17 am

We’re kicking off December in good taste!  This Friday, December 3rd at 8pm, we’ll be playing works by four different composers: The Viola in My Life 1 by Morton Feldman, Novara by Earle Brown, Second by Michele Zaccagnini, and Still Telling by Tamar Diesendruck.  Diesendruck is currently on composition faculty at Thornton School of Music (USC), and has received the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, to name just a few of her accolades.  Her works include experimental pieces such as 8 ——>∞ for eight cellos (“eight tends toward infinity”), as well “as unusually slow, stark music, the grief that does not speak.” (USC).  We’re thrilled to be giving the world premiere of her work, Still Telling, written expressly for the Consort.  Read more about Tamar Diesendruck here.

We’ll be performing the first movement of Morton Feldman‘s The Viola in My Life 1; movements 2 and 3 will be performed the following Monday, December 6th in Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory as part of the First Monday series, with Kim Kashkashian, viola, and Stephen Drury on piano and celesta.

Here’s a sneak peak of Earle Brown’s Novara for 8 instruments — live footage caught in rehearsal!

Earle Brown - Novara

Callithumpian Consort rehearse Earle Brown's "Novara" at NEC

See you this Friday, Dec. 3rd at 8:00pm in Brown Hall at New England Conservatory.  Admission is free.

— more soon, from your friendly webbottress.