The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: Chamber concert featuring Amy Beach Piano Quintet and Brahms String Sextet in Bflat op 18. Performed by students with Lorenz Gamma, celebrating the end of his 11 year tenure at CalArts.
CalArts, Wave Cave
MUSIC: The installation consists of a live, audio-visual projection of a Fibonacci-based microtonal composition, served in YouTube. The code generates an infinite flow of sound based on the Fibonacci series. It would take more than 1 million years to hear a repeated group of 5 notes. The video shows all the notes that the code produces in realtime.
REDCAT: "Musical thoroughness and technical panache that puts a composer's thoughts directly before the listener.” – The Los Angeles Times
Continuing the Piano Spheres 2016–17 season, this program led by virtuoso keyboardist Vicki Ray includes the world premiere of Dylan Mattingly’s Dreams and False Alarms, for 2 microtonal keyboards; Brad Lubman’s Tangents, for 2 pianos and 2 percussion instruments; and Erik Griswold’s A the Wolfe in the Mangroves (Concerto for Prepared Piano and Percussion Quartet). It also features the world premiere of a suite of compositions by the founders of Bang on a Can: On Desbrosses Street by Michael Gordon; a new version of East Broadway by Julia Wolfe; and spring and green by David Lang.
REDCAT: "Given that he has the massive technique to play anything he wants, what he wants becomes of great, and revealing, interest." - The Los Angeles Times
Piano Spheres continues its series of "Deconstructions: The Leonard Stein Centenary Season," with Mark Robson in a program including William Kraft’s Translucences; Karlheinz Stockhausen: Natürliche Dauern; Wolfgang Rihm: Tombeau; Ferruccio Busoni: “Sonatina #4” (honoring the Leonard Stein centenary); Philip Glass: Selected Etudes; and a world premiere by Daniel Rothman: Life Between Tidemarks on Rocky Shores, written for Mark.
REDCAT: The trailblazing JACK Quartet joins forces with the multi-instrumental Lightbulb Ensemble (LBE) for a special collaborative concert that combines contemporary composition, newly created instruments, and complex contrapuntal gamelan percussion. JACK has been hailed for its “explosive virtuosity” (The Boston Globe) while LBE is known for “refreshingly innovative performances [that] challenge conventional notions of how gamelan music should sound” (San Francisco Classical Voice). The program features Hydrogen(2) Oxygen, a three-movement work by LBE founder, director and instrument builder Brian Baumbusch.
CalArts, The Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: A performance of selected pieces from Karlheinz Stockhausen's collection of text music "From the Seven Days." The work was composed in solitary retreat in 1968.