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SICPP 2013!

In concerts, SICPP on June 14, 2013 at 12:16 pm

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SICPP 2013 HAS ARRIVED!  We are thrilled to welcome BnG Composer-in-Residence Rand Steiger this summer at SICPP, as well as guest artist Winston Choi. Our evening concerts pack a punch this year — performances by Steve DruryYukiko TakagiWinston ChoiScott DealStuart Gerber,Corey HammAdrienne ArdittiJessie LaFargue, and yours truly, the Callithumpian Consort, Sunday eve through Friday eve. We end the week as usual: with the legendary SICPP Iditarod on Saturday, June 22, which runs from 4pm until whenever (last year it ended around 3am; this year may look to be a little more sane!).

In addition to the evening concerts, SICPP participants will perform solo repertoire in midday concerts at 11:30am on MondayWednesdayThursday, and Friday at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (280 The Fenway). Museum admission fee is waived if you tell them at the door that you are attending the SICPP concert in Calderwood Hall. The Gardner is closed on Tuesdays, so Tuesday’s midday concert will be in Williams Hall, and will feature the percussionists of SICPP.

All concerts are free, except for Thursday’s SICPP/GuitarFest at the Fenway Center.


Sunday, June 16 @ 8pm, Jordan Hall
Stephen Drury, piano; Elizabeth Keusch, soprano; Jessi Rosinski, flute
Charles Ives: Concord Sonata
Helmut Lachenmann: Got Lost

Monday, June 17 @ 8pm, Jordan Hall
Winston Choi, piano
Elliott Carter: Two Diversions
Hans Thomalla: Piano Counterpart
Jacques Lenot: Cités de la nuit; Ils traversent la nuit
Brian Ferneyhough: Lemma–Icon–Epigram
Conlon Nancarrow: Two Canons for Ursula

Tuesday, June 18 @ 8pm, Jordan Hall
Yukiko Takagi, piano, electronics, video; Stephen Drury, piano;
Scott Deal, Stuart Gerber, percussion; & members of the Callithumpian Consort

Johannes Kreidler: Klavierstück 5 für Klavier und 4-kanalige ZuspielungStudie für Klavier, Audio- und Videozuspielung
John Zorn: Camarón for piano and four percussion (from Aporias)
Franco Donatoni: Hot
Béla Bartók: Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion

Wednesday, June 19 @ 8pm, Jordan Hall
Corey Hamm, piano; & members of the Callithumpian Consort
Rand Steiger (composer-in-residence): RésonateurA Menacing Plume
Tristan Murail: La Barque Mystique
Dorothy Chang: Ephemera; Echoes; Toccatina (from Five)
György Ligeti: L’Arrache-Coeur
David Rakowski: Étude No. 8: Close Enough for Jazz
Noël Lee: Étude No. 5 in A Minor, Op. 70: Legatospielen
Dai Fujikura: Étude No. 1: Frozen Heat
Earle Brown: Available Forms I

Thursday, June 20 @ 5pm, Fenway Center
$10 gen. admission / FREE students, seniors, NEC & NEU alumni
SICPP/Boston GuitarFest: Redcoat Reversal, New Music 
Clarence Barlow: …Until…
Rand Steiger: A Good Diffused
Rebecca Saunders: Vermillion
Jonathan Harvey: Still
More information here.

Thursday, June 20 @ 8pm, Jordan Hall
Yukiko Takagi, Stephen Drury, Corey Hamm, piano;
Scott Deal, Stuart Gerber, percussion; Keith Hamel, Caroline Park, electronics;
Adrienne Arditti, soprano; Jessie LaFargue, dancer; Callithumpian Consort

Rand Steiger (composer-in-residence): A Good DiffusedWoven Serenade
Elainie Lillios: The Rush of the Brook Stills the Mind
Keith Hamel: Touch
Kaija Saariaho: Six Japanese Gardens
Caroline Park: Music For Phrases

Friday, June 21 @ 4pm, Pierce Hall
Electronic Workshop Concert
Fresh new works for fixed and live/interactive electronics
by the participants in SICPP’s 2013 Electronic Workshop.

Friday, June 21 @ 8pm, Brown Hall
Stuart Gerber, percussion; & members of the Callithumpian Consort
Mathias Spahlinger: música impura
Alan Sentman: Patchwork
Iannis Xenakis: RebondsOkho
Adam Roberts: Anakhtara
Ulrich Kreppein: Abendlich auf schattenbegleiteten wegen

Saturday, June 22 @ 4pm, Brown Hall
THE SICPP IDITAROD: music starts at 4pm, come and go as you please!
a 6-hr-plus marathon concert featuring performances by the Fellows of the Institute, including music by Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, Luciano Berio, Frederic Rzewski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Rand Steiger, George Crumb, Scott Deal, Charles Ives, Roger Miller, Mathias Spahlinger, Steve Reich, and the composers of the SICPP New Works program.

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Cage, Bartok, & Reich in Idaho

In concerts on September 20, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Hello from Moscow, Idaho!  We’re performing tonight at 7:30 pm at the University of Idaho with a piano-and-percussion heavy program, kicking off the 2011-2012 Auditorium Chamber Music Series.  On the bill tonight: Cage’s Credo in Us, Bartok’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, and Reich’s Sextet.  Our touring ‘Thumpers this time around are our own Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi on piano, as well as our rockstar percussionists Scott Deal, Jeffrey Means, Bill Solomon, and Nick Tolle.

We’re in residence this week, giving demos, masterclasses, and concerts to the folks here in Moscow.  Feel free to come by if you’re in the area, and don’t be shy — we’ll be hanging around after the concert for a meet-and-greet.  More information on our residence can be found here and here.

See you tonight!

webbottress

Sick Puppy, 2011

In concerts, SICPP, upcoming on June 9, 2011 at 2:50 am

© 2011 Aaron Dana (aarondanaillustration.com)

Yes, we will have T-shirts (original graphic by Aaron Dana) to purchase at this year’s SICPP festival, which is happening soon: June 18 – 25 at the New England Conservatory in Boston.  SICPP (also known as “Sick Puppy”) is an intensive performance seminar on music of the 20th & 21st centuries for advanced instrumentalists, vocalists, and young composers.  It’s a full schedule: 8 days of master classes, lessons, back-to-back rehearsals and concerts — invaluable for anyone interested in the newest music and ready to tackle the challenges of this special repertoire under a faculty uniquely experienced in learning, performing, and teaching this music.  In many cases our SICPP faculty have worked directly with the composers themselves — Cage, Reich, Wolff, Czernowin and more — and can impart first-hand information about the music.

A few things to note: this year we welcome our 2011 composer-in-residence, Tristan Murail, who has written Callithumpian Consort a new work, Lachrymae, for string quartet, bass, and flute, which will be premiered during the festival.  We also welcome guest artist, pianist Ursula Oppens, who will be giving a solo concert of Corigliano, Rzewski, and Wuorinen as part of the SICPP festivities, as well as coaching our pianists on a variety of repertoire.  Another exciting bit of news: during SICPP, Stephen Drury and Scott Deal will premiere John Luther Adams‘s Four Thousand Holes, a work commissioned by Drury, which was recently released on Cold Blue Records, selected by Alex Ross as one of his top CD picks, and which received a stellar review from Textura.  And finally, a new Callithumpian-commissioned work, Counterfactual by Joshua Fineberg, will be receiving its second performance after a successful Spectral Summer concert at Boston University last weekend.

A full bill this year!  Lots of exciting things to look forward to.  Check out our concert listing, now up on our website, or visit the NEC calendar events page.  You can find detailed program information on both sites, and you can follow us on Twitter or “like” us on our brand new Facebook page for the latest.

More soon — SICPP countdown starts now!

until next time,
webbottress

Post-Iditarod

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.

webbottress.

Click to view the SICPP Iditarod set on Flickr!

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/Vines

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/Vines

Callithumpian post-Vines "Torrid Nature Scene"

Callithumpian/Vines

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,
webbottress.

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,
webbottress.

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!

Twitter! and Saariaho!

In Uncategorized on June 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Yep — we have a Twitter account as well. Follow us: @callithumpian.

Meanwhile, percussionists Scott Deal, Mathias Reumert, Joseph Becker, and Nick Tolle have just finished their first rehearsal for Kaija Saariaho‘s Trois Rivieres (Wednesday at 8pm in Jordan Hall). Jeffrey Means will be conducting.

Quite the powerhouse percussion group here: Scott Deal is very much involved in music and technology and is the founder of the Telematic Collective, a networked group of artists and empiricists.  He’s performed all over North America and in Europe and is currently on faculty at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  Danish percussionist Mathias Reumert won 1st prize at Gaudeamus in 2007 and has performed at major festivals in the USA, France, Holland, Poland, and throughout Scandinavia.  Joseph Becker, a recent alum of New England Conservatory and Boston University, has performed with Xanthos Ensemble at Roulette in NYC, and has also performed and recorded Carter during his time as a Tanglewood Fellow in 2008 (Carter’s 100th).  And Nick Tolle is no stranger to the new music scene: he directs the Ludovico Ensemble in the sounds of Feldman, Lachenmann, Kurtág, and more.  Tolle also performs with Ensemble XII, previously known as the Lucerne Festival Percussion group, an international gathering of 12 hand-picked percussionists guided by Pierre Boulez and Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Jeffrey Means will get his own spot in due time — he’s accomplished quite a lot (severe understatement) as a percussionist, director, and conductor himself.

More soon!
— your friendly webbottress.

P.S.  Don’t forget!  TOMORROW, Monday June 14th at 8pm in Jordan Hall at NEC: Stockhausen’s MANTRA with pianists Stephen Drury and Yukiko Takagi.  Admission is free.  Bring your toddlers, grandparents, and short-wave receivers.

Percussionist SCOTT DEAL’s appearances include venues, festivals and conferences in North America and Europe. A performer who presents “a riveting performance (Sequenza 21), his recent recording of the music of John Luther Adams has been described as “a soaring, shimmering exploration of texture and tone…an album of resplendent mood and incredible scale” (Musicworks).  Continually inspired by new and  emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, a networked group of artists and empiricists. He hasperformed at Almeida Opera, Supercomputing Global, SIGGRAPH, Arena Stage, Chicago Calling, Ingenuity Festival, Moscow Alternativa, and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki ComputerOrchestra. He is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University PurdueUniversity Indianapolis (IUPUI).  He holds degrees from the Universityof Miami, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cameron University.