Claire Chase presents Composing Women Project
Sep
29
7:00 PM19:00

Claire Chase presents Composing Women Project

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From an exploration of musical memories to a work that draws from the intricate patterns of stuttered speech, MacArthur Fellow and flute virtuoso Claire Chase presents five original pieces from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Composing Women program.

Opening with Bree van Reyk’s A (Real and Imagined) Map of Claire Chase, a solo bass flute composition that traces musical motifs from Chase’s childhood sound memories, and continuing with an excavation of previously unreleased pop songs by Peggy Polias, the Composing Women program concert employs flute, electronics, and vocals to present a kaleidoscopic range of styles displaying the boundless sonic possibilities of the flute.

Join National Sawdust and Claire Chase in a celebration of female composers and see the artist San Francisco Classical Voice calls “one of the world’s foremost performers.”

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Banff: FINAL PERFORMANCE
Jul
13
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: FINAL PERFORMANCE

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FINAL PERFORMANCE
7:30PM
, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Yvette Janine Jackson, Julius Eastman, Pauline Oliveros, IONE
Faculty + participants

So it goes, it must be said.  Ensemble Evolution says farewell in style with a program of new music for the sojourning soul, featuring the world premiere of Yvette Janine Jackson’s Banff Centre commission for an ensemble of ICE faculty members and EVO participants (including a full set of marching percussion instruments!), alongside Julius Eastman’s ‘Gay Guerrilla,’ an EVO tradition. With the wind at our backs, and in the company of a family of fellow musicians, we sail away on the luminous sounds of Pauline Oliveros, in a performance of her 1971 Tuning Meditation led by IONE, our distinguished guest.

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Banff: EVO ARCADES/OPEN STUDIOS NOON-3PM
Jul
13
3:00 PM15:00

Banff: EVO ARCADES/OPEN STUDIOS NOON-3PM

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SATURDAY, JULY 13
EVO ARCADES/OPEN STUDIOS 3PM-6PM

Continuing an EVO tradition, we’ll offer an exciting set of simultaneous performances we called the ARCades.  Nearly every space on the Music and Sound building will host performances - including new work by our participants collaborators, and some much loved traditional repertory. Poke your head into a room to sample something new, then move on when the spirit moves.

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Banff: FACULTY RECITAL
Jul
9
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: FACULTY RECITAL

TUESDAY, JULY 9
FACULTY RECITAL
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas, Reut Regev, Cris Derksen, Yvette Janine Jackson
International Contemporary Ensemble

Miranda Cuckson, Wilfrido Terrazas and Reut Regev make their instruments into vehicles for the exploration of distant musical spaces. And if you still think of these instruments as the genteel instruments of classical music aristocracy, get ready to be completely upended.   With them, you are invited to explore an extraordinary range of styles, historical periods, levels of virtuosity, and just-down-to-it artistry. Join us in the second half of the concert for a radio play in the dark by Yvette Janine Jackson, whose newest work will be premiered later in the week.

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Banff: PORTRAIT OF ALVIN LUCIER
Jul
6
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: PORTRAIT OF ALVIN LUCIER

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SATURDAY, JULY 6: PORTRAIT OF ALVIN LUCIER
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

On this special evening, we celebrate one of the greatest artists of our time, the roshi of American experimentalists, Alvin Lucier, with a program of Lucier’s most profound compositions, including a new work commissioned by Banff Centre.  Alvin has spent his life writing love songs for the open mind. Experience them in the shadow of Sacred Buffalo Guardian Mountain.

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Banff: Soundlines
Jul
5
8:00 PM20:00

Banff: Soundlines

FRIDAY, JULY 5
SOUNDLINES

Catalytic energies abound with Miya Masaoka in a Banff Centre commission for members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and participants of Ensemble Evolution. It’s a new piece so we don’t know what we’ll be hearing.  But Miya’s work spans a gamut from amplified leaves and electronically activated glass bottles to a string quartet and partnerships with the world’s most exciting improvisers. Whatever she offers will be vibrant, colorful and unexpected!

Every time we work with George Lewis, we come away inspired.  A pioneer as an improvising trombonist, a designer of real-time electronic instruments, writer, scholar and composer:  George is a living embodiment of the 21st century musician! In Soundlines, his work for ensemble with soloist Steven Schick, he explores sound, color, choreography and, above all new musical territory.   The program will be rounded out by the intrepid improvisers of EVO.

Miya Masaoka (b. 1958)                              New Work, Banff Centre Commission

George Lewis (b. 1952)                                Soundlines (2019)
Steven Schick with EVO participants

New works by EVO Improv Groups, led by Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo and Cory Smythe

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Banff: Faculty Recital
Jul
2
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: Faculty Recital

TUESDAY, JULY 2
FACULTY RECITAL
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Featuring Alvin Lucier, Peter Evans, Mazz Swift, Levy Lorenzo, International Contemporary Ensemble

Another star-studded faculty concert featuring the eloquent violinist/composer/improviser Mazz Swift, trumpet legend Peter Evans, technology wizard Levy Lorenzo, composer Miya Masaoko and newly arriving members of ICE.  The second half of this concert will be devoted to the great Alvin Lucier. You can be sure it will be amazing!

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Banff: HOW FORESTS THINK
Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: HOW FORESTS THINK

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SATURDAY, JUNE 29: HOW FORESTS THINK
WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER, EDUARDO KOHN
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Dominating the Banff skyline is the boreal forest—ringing the world in the largest connected intelligent organism on the planet.   Taking inspiration from Eduardo Kohn’s provocative book, “How Forests Think,” Liza Lim explores the idea of the communal intelligence of forests and the way that illuminates human interactions in a chaotic world in her stunning eponymous setting of Kohn’s ideas for ensemble with sheng solo.  The virtuoso Wu Wei joins as soloist.

Daring musical textures probe important questions of identity and politics in George Lewis’s Will to Adorn, a musical essay inspired by writer and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, whose description of “decorating a decoration” prompted Lewis’s exuberant musical embellishments.  The sonic and cultural richness of this program is completed by a new work by EVO faculty member and iconic saxophonist, Matana Roberts.


Matana Roberts (b. 1975)                  New work (2019)

George Lewis (b. 1952)                      The Will to Adorn (2011)

Liza Lim (b. 1966)                               How Forests Think (2016)

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Banff: TYSHAWN SOREY PORTRAIT
Jun
28
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: TYSHAWN SOREY PORTRAIT

FRIDAY, JUNE 28
TYSHAWN SOREY PORTRAIT
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Rolston Hall will quake in this dynamic portrait of Tyshawn Sorey—though dynamic doesn’t really begin to describe the molten talent of Tyshawn Sorey, as composer, percussionist, conductor, pianist and musical thinker!

Intimacy comes in Sorey’s tribute to composer Fred Lehrdal, which shares the stage with electrifying Auto-schediasms, a wild ride featuring Tyshawn in a virtuoso display of conduction that will include all of the participants of Ensemble Evolution, a handful of batons, and 45 minutes of dizzying creativity.  


Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)                    For Fred Lehrdal  (2018)
for vibraphone, piano, viola

Tyshawn Sorey                                    Auto-schediasms (2019)
feat. faculty + participants

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Banff:  PARTICIPANT COMPOSERS ENCOUNTER
Jun
27
8:00 PM20:00

Banff: PARTICIPANT COMPOSERS ENCOUNTER

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THURSDAY, JUNE 27: PARTICIPANT COMPOSERS ENCOUNTER
8PM, BENTLEY RECITAL HALL

In addition to everything else it does, EVO is an incubator of new ideas. Poke your head into the middle of the process in our Composers’ Encounter, where just-completed works, works-in-progress, and even new shiny ideas are tried for the very first time.


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Banff: Matana Roberts, Liza Lim, Tyshawn Sorey, Lisa Harris, Aiyun Huang International Contemporary Ensemble
Jun
25
7:30 PM19:30

Banff: Matana Roberts, Liza Lim, Tyshawn Sorey, Lisa Harris, Aiyun Huang International Contemporary Ensemble

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TUESDAY, JUNE 25
FACULTY RECITAL
7:30PM, ROLSTON RECITAL HALL

Matana Roberts, Liza Lim, Tyshawn Sorey, Lisa Harris, Aiyun Huang
International Contemporary Ensemble

Ode to Gust Burns by the indomitable Tyshawn Sorey and played by an ensemble of ICE superstars kicks off a kaleidoscopic faculty concert that ranges from the intimacy of two brief but colorful duos by Australian composer Liza Lim to the international musings (from New York to Copenhagen) of Sorey in partnership with the extraordinary violinist, Jennifer Curtis. We highlight Lisa Harris, vocalist and composer in a new work for herself and our ICE faculty.

Do not miss a new work by returning faculty member Matana Roberts, who inspired and amazed us in 2018 with her artistry as saxophonist and composer.  She gives full voice to music that resonates from the enormous space of her imagination and reaches across all boundaries. With the extraordinary talent on stage, this evening will be more of a launching pad than a concert.  Buckle up!

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)                    Ode to Gust Burns (2012)
Cory Smythe, Dan Lippel,
Ross Karre, Rebekah Heller

Liza Lim (b. 1966)                               Inguz (Fertility) (1996)
Josh Rubin, Katinka Kleijn

Liza Lim                                              Ming Qi (Bright Vessel) (2000),
James Austin Smith, Aiyun Huang

Lisa Harris                New Work (2019)
Lisa Harris, Daniel Lippel,
Jennifer Curtis, Katinka Kleijn

Tyshawn Sorey                                   NY/Copenhagen (2013)
Jennifer Curtis, Tyshawn Sorey

Matana Roberts (b. 1975)                  New Work (2019)
International Contemporary Ensemble

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Banff: Claire Chase and Steven Schick, with special guests Tyshawn Sorey and Levy Lorenzo
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

Banff: Claire Chase and Steven Schick, with special guests Tyshawn Sorey and Levy Lorenzo

MONDAY, JUNE 24TH
8PM, BENTLEY CONCERT HALL

Claire Chase and Steven Schick, with special guests Tyshawn Sorey and Levy Lorenzo

Getting started with a bang is the EVO way! From the sheer electricity of our special guest Tyshawn Sorey on stage with Claire Chase in their raucous duo Bertha’s Lair, to the inward gaze of Phyllis Chen’s haunting Roots of Interior - a duet for flutist and her heartbeat - this program explores the outer edges of the newest music.

An Empty Garlic by Du Yun - who is a founding member of ICE and the first Asian-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize in Music - explores new timbral spaces and blends new sounds for the bass flute with provocative narrativity.  Steven Schick contributes Here and There by the experimentalist Roger Reynolds, his new setting of texts by Samuel Beckett for speaking solo percussionist. We finish together with our favorite composer Pauline Oliveros, who has been with us at every EVO concert over the past three summers, in spirit. This is an outward-bound program that patrols the hidden spaces of sound and psyche!


Marcos Balter (b. 1974) Soliloquy (2018)
Claire Chase, flute               

Du Yun (b. 1977) An Empty Garlic (2014)
Claire Chase, bass flute           

Phyllis Chen (b. 1979)                         Roots of Interior (2019)
for flute and heartbeat (10 mins)
Claire Chase, flute

Tyshawn Sorey (b. 1980)                    Bertha’s Lair (2016, rev. 2019)
for flutes and percussion
Claire Chase, flutes; Tyshawn Sorey, percussion

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Roger Reynolds (b.1934)                    Here and There (2019)
Steven Schick

Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016)        Old Sound New Sound Borrowed Sound Blue (1994)
Steven Schick, Claire Chase

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Face the Music: Critical Mass with Claire Chase & Tri-Centric Foundation
Jun
10
7:00 PM19:00

Face the Music: Critical Mass with Claire Chase & Tri-Centric Foundation

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Kaufman Music Center’s Face the Music is the country’s only teen program dedicated to studying and performing post-genre music by trailblazing contemporary composers. Praised for “stunning performances” by the New York Times, Face the Music features a collection of ensembles including a chamber orchestra, a jazz big-band, an improvisation collective, string quartets, and mixed chamber-ensembles, all dedicated to studying and performing experimental, new-classical, new-jazz and avant-garde music written exclusively by living composers.

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CONCERT FOR PAULINE
May
19
3:00 PM15:00

CONCERT FOR PAULINE

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Free & Open To The Public!

This event will be an amazing gathering of more than 25 local and international musicians and composers converging for the joyous occasion. Musician composer and humanitarian, Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016), left us too soon, but her music and her spirit continue on.

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Performance - PERLE NOIRE: MEDITATIONS FOR JOSÉPHINE
May
3
10:00 PM22:00

Performance - PERLE NOIRE: MEDITATIONS FOR JOSÉPHINE

Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For more information, visit Harvard University Music DepartmentTickets available April 1st at Oberon, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge. Tickets valid only until 9:45.

Honoring the brilliance, daring, courage, and tragedies of Josephine Baker. Conceived by Peter Sellars, featuring soprano Julia Bullock, with original music by Tyshawn Sorey and texts by Claudia Rankine. With the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Performers
Alice Teyssier, flutes
Ryan Muncy, saxophone
Rebekah Heller, bassoon
Jennifer Curtis, violin
Daniel Lippel, guitar

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Talk - Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Talk - Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine

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This is a talk. The May 3rd performance Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine is presented at the Oberon. Tickets are free, but reservations are required. For more information, visit Harvard University Music Department

In conjunction with Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine presented by Harvard University Music Department, is a talk at the Carpenter Center Bookshop on May 2  with curator Naomi Beckwith, vocalist Julia Bullock, director Peter Sellars, composer Tyshawn Sorey will speak about Perle Noire its unique and poignant take on the iconic Josephine Baker and her brilliance, public courage, and private tragedies.

Conceived by Peter Sellars, with original music by Tyshawn Sorey and texts by Claudia Rankine, Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine  is an 85-minute, staged, one-act song-cycle featuring Julia Bullock as vocal soloist and living embodiment of the spirit of Joséphine Baker. Composer Tyshawn Sorey is joined by the International Contemporary Ensemble in an instrumental sextet that weaves composed music and improvisation together to create a seamless interplay between song, spoken word, dance, and contemplative instrumental interludes.

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