The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts
Fall 2015 Visiting Artists
Nuria Núñez Hierro
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, 2 – 3:50pm, B318 - Graduate Composers Forum
Nuria Núñez Hierro is a spanish composer (born September, 7th, 1980) residing in Berlin, Germany. Her music explores the potential of the duality of performer/instrument through unconventional instrumental techniques, amplification, and integrated vocal gestures. In her work she often incorporates scenic sound objects in order to expand the expressive possibilities of the performers and to research new forms of behavior and communication in listening. Literature, particularly the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Xavier Villaurrutia, Cesar Vallejo and António Ramos Rosa, is a powerful influence in the genesis of her music ideas and her sound world.
Léa Freire (flute) & Amilton Godoy (piano) Duo
Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, 2 – 3:50pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
Léa Freire is a multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer who has been widely successful as both a performer and businesswoman in record producing. She has released several albums including Ninhal, her debut album, which is played by flutists worldwide, Quinteto (with Teco Cardoso),Antologia da Cançao Brasileira (Vol.1 and Vol.2.) with trombonist Bocato and Cartas Brasileiras. She launched her own label, Maritaca, resulting in the release of more than forty albums featuring the very best of Brazilian instrumental music. As a flutist she has been featured in over one hundred works, and she is currently beginning a piano duo with Amilton Godoy.
Amilton Godoy is the critically acclaimed pianist and co-founder of the Zimbo Trio, one of the most influential Brazilian bands of all time, known for accompanying Elis Regina and Elizabeth Cardoso, among others, and for its career as an instrumental group as well. Throughout his 60 year career, he was awarded honors from Bahia’s National Piano Tournament; Rio de Janeiro’s National Piano Tournament; Eldorado’s National Piano Tournament; (Gold Medal) at Sao Paulo State Governor’s Prize: Best Villa Lobos’s Interpreter at the Art Hour National Tournament in addition to all other prizers with Zimbo from the Brazilian music industry and worldwide. In 1973, Godoy founded on of Brazil’s most popular music schools, Centro Livre De Aprendizagem (CLAM), which has nurtured many important musicians such as Eliane Elias, Lea Freire, Teco Cardoso, Debora Gurgel among others. His expertise in combining jazz, bossa nova, classical and folklore shines on his recent album Amilton Godoy and the Music of Lea Freire (2013). He recently recorded a CD with Lea Freire as a duo to be released in 2016 as well as his most recent CD Autoral.
Julia Shammas Holter
Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, 2 – 3:50pm, B320 - VoiceArts Forum
Julia Shammas Holter is an American artist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer based in Los Angeles. A CalArts graduate, she released her first studio album, Tragedy, in 2011. A second album, Ekstasis, followed in 2012. Holter also collaborates with other musicians including Nite Jewel, Linda Perhacs, and Michael Pisaro. In 2013, she released her third album, Loud City Song, to resounding critical acclaim.
Monday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 - Various
Irvine Arditti is the first violinist and leader of the Arditti Quartet, an ensemble that he co-founded as a student of the Royal Academy of Music in London in 1974. From 1978 to 1980, Arditti served as co-concertmaster for the London Symphony Orchestra, a position he voluntarily left in order to devote more time to the quartet. This turned out to be the right choice, as since then the Arditti String Quartethas become an institution in the realm of contemporary chamber music. The list of new works by contemporary composers commissioned over the years by the Arditti Quartet is of staggering size and comprehension, but among the many figures who have written specifically for the Arditti Quartet are John Cage, Philip Glass, Helmut Lachenmann, Sofiya Gubaidulina, and Wolfgang Rihm. Irvine Arditti is also widely recognized as a leading soloist and interpreter of contemporary concerto literature for the violin. One of his most famous recordings is for Mode Records containing John Cage's Freeman Etudes, a solo violin work Arditti also premiered. Arditti has also given first performances of concertos by composers Luciano Berio, Brian Ferneyhough, and Iannis Xenakis. Both the Arditti Quartet and its leader have recorded for a wide variety of labels, but most frequently for Disques Montaigne, which was ultimately merged with Naïve Classical. The Arditti Quartet actively performs entire quartet cycles, including those of Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, and Arnold Schoenberg. The group has won numerous recording prizes, including the Deutsche Schallplatten and the Gramophone Awards, both landing in the winner's circle multiple times in these honors.
Ruth Cameron Haden
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, 2 – 3:50pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
Ruth Cameron, who hails from Vancouver, Canada, spent over 13 years in Europe, primarily in Germany performing and producing theater with many of Germany’s emerging artists such as Marianne Saegebrecht. She left Germany for Los Angeles to study with the legendary coach Stella Adler and began to work with the late director Reza Abdoh. In 1984 Cameron married bassist Charlie Haden and took a break from theater to manage Haden. She was instrumental in forming Haden’s very successful group Quartet West. For several years, Cameron’s vocal mentor was the reclusive singer-turned-vocal-coach Jeri Southern, who had influenced many of the cool singers in the ’50s such as June Christy, Peggy Lee, and Anita O’Day. Southern’s emotional honesty and vocal style connected deeply with Cameron’s intimate and immediate approach that came from theater. Cameron continued her training with vocal coach Sue Raney, another important singer with an immense technique. In 2000 Cameron released her second album, Roadhouse on Verve, as a follow-up to her 1999 First Songs EP. Continuing all the while to manage and produce, Cameron received a Latin Grammy in 2004 as producer for Best Latin Jazz Album, Land of the Sun.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 2 – 3:30 pm, A300 - Percussion Workshop
Dan Ogrodnik is part of a new generation of percussionists who combine the dedication and precise technique required for classical and contemporary western compositions with the unique sounds and techniques of traditional world music. Dan’s impassioned study of and veneration for contemporary percussion repertoire of the 20th century serves as the groundwork for a larger understanding of the structures and techniques in the music of many diverse cultures. Recent performances of contemporary repertoire include Lou Harrison’s Suite for Violin and American Gamelan (REDCAT, March 2013); Henry Cowell and Lou Harrison’s Persian Set (CalArts, May 2012); and Toru Takemitsu’s Sacrifice (CalArts, March 2012). Dan also performed on the West Coast premiere of one of the biggest percussion pieces in recent years, Inuksuit by John Luther Adams (Ojai, June 2011) curated by Steven Schick. Dan completed his MFA in Multi-Focus Percussion in 2015 at California Institute of the Arts, studying with Randy Gloss, Swapan Chaudhuri, Houman Pourmehdi, Andrew Grueschow, and David Johnson.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, B321 - Piano Workshop
Anthony Pateras (b.1979) is an Australian composer, pianist and electro-acoustic musician based in Berlin. His work explores sound and its mutation through varying constellations of notation, mprovisation, electronic and acoustic materials. As a soloist he has performed his work at Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), and the Sydney Opera House among many others. Pateras has written over 50 works with the aim of discovering uncommon acoustic and physical phenomena. Anthony has written numerous short film scores that have been featured at Cannes, Telluride, Edinburgh, Sundance, Berlin and Toronto Film Festivals, and in 2012 scored his first feature entitled Errors of the Human Body, featuring Rik Mayall. Previous to his film work, he was prolific in theatre, performing his scores live at LaMama Carlton, The Malthouse and Belvoir Street. Pateras holds a Masters and PhD from Monash University, which both focused on intersections between composition, improvisation and electronic music.
Monday, October 26, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific young jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, David was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of "young players who have created an alternative jazzscene... all of whom are playing adventurous, original music." Known for his performances with such prestigious groups as the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Bobby Previte and the Cecil McBee quintet. David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet "Lost Tribe" and the open-form collective quartet "Lan Xang." With these groups and on his own, he has recorded a dozen albums as leader or co-leader. David was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Southern California. He began to study the saxophone and at the age of nineteen moved to New York City to play gigs and to study with Phil Woods, David Liebman and George Coleman. In 1989 David was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to record his first album. "Point Game", which was released on the French label Owl Records, featuring Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Edward Simon, Adam Rogers and Lonnie Plaxico. Since then, David's distinctive saxophone sound and innovative compositions have been heard from basement clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe.
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, 5 – 5:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
Beginning Shakuhachi Class – Open to the Institute
Kaoru Kakizakai (b. Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, Japan, 1959) is an internationally renowned player and teacher of the shakuhachi, a traditional vertical bambooflute of Japan. Kakizakai studied under and recorded with Yokoyama Katsuya. He graduated from the NHK Traditional Music Conservatory and is a past winner of the Kumamoto All Japan Hougaku competition. Kakizakai has performed widely in Japan and abroad, notably as shakuhachi soloist in Toru Takemitsu's November Steps with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. As of 2006, he is a research fellow at the Tokyo College of Music. He is also full-time instructor for the International Shakuhachi Kenshukan and NHK Culture Centre, and President of the International Shakuhachi Kenshu-kan Chichibu School and Oizumigakuen School. He is a member of the regular faculty of the Shakuhachi Summer Camp of the Rockies in Colorado (USA).
Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, 2 – 3:50pm, B318 - Graduate Composers Forum
Yutaka Makino was born in Tochigi, Japan in 1976. He studied earth science, computer music and visual arts in Japan, Europe and the USA. He lives and works in Berlin. On the basis of research into areas such as phenomenology, experimental psychology, psycho/acoustics, social sciences and system theory, Makino probes the processes of perception in experimental setups. His performances and installations provide visually and acoustically conditioned environments that make different modes of perception tangible to the perceivers and provoke reflection on the acts of perception. Makino has recently presented his work in institutions and festivals such as Akademie der Künste Berlin, MärzMusik, Kontraste Krems, daadgalerie, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Transmediale, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst ind Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, Sonic Acts, STRP Festival, and the Japan Society. He has received prizes, grants and residencies from the DAAD’s Artists-in-Berlin Program, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Prix Ton Bruynèl, Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs, and Pola Art Foundation, among others.
Ken Filiano and Vinny Golia (CalArts Faculty)
Monday, November 2, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
Ken Filiano is an American jazz and orchestral bassist based in Brooklyn, New York. Since the 1970s, Filiano has played or recorded with Anthony Braxton, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Bill Dixon, Fay Victor, and many others. Filiano is on the teaching roster at the New School in New York, and is a guest artist lecturer at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College. He teaches master classes in bass and improvisation, and has a private bass studio in Brooklyn. In 1983, Filiano began to work as a freelance bassist in classical recording studios and on the jazz scene. He formed a relationship with multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, with whom he toured North America and Europe throughout the 1980s. Filiano made his jazz album debut in 1985, appearing on recordings by Golia and Arni Cheatham. Filiano has continued his busy recording and touring schedule around the world.
Akiyama / Eubanks / Kahn / Nakamura
Monday, November 2, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, B320 – Undergrad Composers Forum
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 8:30 pm, REDCAT
Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Bryan Eubanks (saxophone, electronics), Jason Kahn (drums, percussion) and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) fuse free improvisation, noise, experimental electronics and the uncategorizable in a fresh and vibrant approach to group playing and spontaneous music creation. Tetuzi Akiyama is one of Japan’s most active experimental guitarists. He manages to successfully bridge many directions in his music, ranging from Texas boogie and free noise to highly restrained acoustic work. Toshimaru Nakamura has made a name for himself since the late 1990’s in improvised and experimental electronic music with his use of the no-input mixing board, an instrument yielding a wide range of sonic possibilities within the framework of a chaotic feedback system he has developed over many solo and collaborative concerts. Bryan Eubanks is active as a composer of electronic music and as an improviser. He plays the soprano saxophone both as acoustic instrument and as part of a unique feedback system built and designed by himself, using open circuit boards and custom analog circuitry. On drum set, Jason Kahn‘s playing swings across a wide spectrum of approaches, ranging from ecstatic propulsion and rhythmic drive to abstract sound textures using a variety of found metal objects and cymbals.
Monday, November 2, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Soprano Estelí Gomez is a founding member of Grammy award-winning octet Roomful of Teeth. In November 2011 she received first prize in the Canticum Gaudium International Early Music Vocal Competition in Poznan, Poland. Last year she released Robert Kyr's Songs of the Soul on Harmonia Mundi with Austin-based Conspirare. With Roomful of Teeth she has recently performed at Lincoln Center, Ravinia Music Festival, and Walt Disney Hall; in Seoul, South Korea, Istanbul, Turkey, and Morelia, Mexico; and recorded a Tiny Desk concert for NPR. Highlights of 2015-16 include solo debuts at the Kennedy Center and with the NY Philharmonic, performances of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Osaka and Tokyo, a recital of Schubert and Mendelssohn with fortepiano and period clarinet in St. Louis, Ligeti's Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures with New World Symphony in Miami, a featured chapter in the premiere of Hopscotch with Los Angeles-based experimental opera company The Industry, Berio's Sinfonia with Roomful of Teeth and the Seattle Symphony, teaching residencies at UMKC, CalArts, JMU, and Cornell, and Roomful of Teeth's first collaboration with International Contemporary Music Ensemble (ICE), Kaija Saariaho, and Peter Sellers. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Estelí received her Bachelor of Arts with honors in music from Yale College, and Master of Music from McGill University, studying with Sanford Sylvan. She currently travels and performs full-time.
Monday, November 9, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, B319 – VoiceArts Forum
Soprano Laura Bohn is making her mark as a formidable and dynamic vocal presence on international stages. The 2015 season includes featured performances at Operadagen Rotterdam with the Hague Philharmonic, with the Grand Harmonie orchestra in Princeton and Boston, and the SacroProfano Baroque ensemble in their New York debut and with the Isaura String Quartet in LA. Role debuts this season include Ino in Händel's Semele, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio in the first US production on period instruments, Lucha in The Industry’s Hopscotch mobile-opera and JFK’s mistress Mary Pinchot Meyer in the premiere of LSD: The Opera by
Anne LeBaron at Walt Disney Concert Hall’s REDCAT, both in LA. She has premiered works at The Holland Festival in Amsterdam, the UN Assembly Hall in New York and was guest soloist on a national tour of the Netherlands with the Ricciotti Orchestra.
Monday, November 9, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
Billy Childs has emerged as one of the foremost American composers of his era, perhaps the most distinctly American composer since Aaron Copland – for like Copland, he has successfully married the musical products of his heritage with the Western neoclassical traditions of the twentieth century in a powerful symbiosis of style, range, and dynamism. A native of Los Angeles, Childs grew up immersed in jazz, classical, and popular music influences. A prodigious talent at the piano earned him public performances by age six, and at sixteen he was admitted to the USC Community School of the Performing Arts, going on to earn a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition under the tutelage of Robert Linn and Morton Lauridsen. Thus far in his career, Childs has garnered thirteen GRAMMY nominations. Most recently, Childs has recorded a collection of re-imagined Laura Nyro compositions for Sony Masterworks, released in September 2014. As a pianist Childs has performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Renee Fleming, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Chick Corea, The Kronos Quartet, Wynton Marsalis, Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Ron Carter, The Ying Quartet, The American Brass Quintet, and Chris Botti.
River Song Quintet
Monday, November 16, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall - Jazz Forum
River Song Quintet is a chamber ensemble and composer/performer collective whose music draws from the interests and influences of its members, merging the worlds of western-classical chamber music and art song, jazz and improvised music, and folk music. Their performances have been described as "sparse and beautiful… mesmerizing and strewn with hauntingly gorgeous vocals." (Jhanne Jasmine, Camellia Lounge) and "… a joyous blending of memorable compositions, artful orchestration, subtle improvisation, and fresh creative energy." (Art Lande, Grammy-nominated pianist) Since their formation in 2011, River Song Quintet has performed throughout the United States at a variety of venues including the Royal Room (Seattle, WA), the Blue Whale (Los Angeles, CA), La Peña Cultural Center (Oakland, CA), and Constellation (Chicago, IL) among others. Most recently they worked in collaboration with poet David Baker for a performance at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago, accompanying him for the premiere reading of his new work Scavenger Loop, and also performing a song cycle written by River Song Quintet guitarist Gregory Uhlmann with text by Baker. Their first full-length album, Monarchs, was released in August 2014 and can be previewed and purchased on Bandcamp and iTunes. River Song Quintet’s members are all CalArts Music Alumni and include Alina Roitstein (voice), Lauren Baba (violin/viola), Andrew Rowan (cornet), Harrison Kirk (trombone), and Gregory Uhlmann (guitar).
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 8:30 pm REDCAT
Friday, November 20, 2015, 10 – 12 noon, Wild Beast – Experimental Music Workshop
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 5 pm Wild Beast Concert
Greg Stuart is a percussionist whose work draws upon a mixture of music from the experimental tradition, Wandelweiser, improvisation, and electronics. An active performer, he has appeared at numerous festivals and notable venues presenting experimental music including MaerzMusik (Berlin), Café Oto (London), Issue Project Room (New York), and Non-Event (Boston) among many others. Greg Stuart is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia, SC where he teaches experimental music and music history.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 8:30 pm REDCAT
Friday, November 20, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, B324 – Critical Reading
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 5 pm Wild Beast Concert
Joe Panzner is a computer musician from Akron, OH currently residing in Columbus, OH. He draws on the live electronic music of John Cage and David Tudor, the long-form memory experiments of Morton Feldman, and the digital extremism of Peter Rehberg, Florian Hecker, Zbigniew Karkowski, Dion Workman, and Kevin Drumm. He is presently a lecturer of Music History at The Ohio State University and Capital University.
Jeff Driskill & The Left Side Sax Alliance
Monday, November 23, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Professional saxophonist, Jeff Driskill discovered his passionate love of music at a very early age. He began focusing that affection specifically on the saxophone at thirteen and around the same time discovered an intense fondness for jazz and studied music at North Texas State University. In any given week you may find Driskill performing in the orchestra for the latest hit musical, lending his talents to a studio movie score, backing an A-list crooner or playing jazz in one of several respected big bands. The Left Side Alliance is a modern, jazz influenced saxophone quartet played by four of Los Angeles’ best saxophonists including Jeff Driskill, Bob Sheppard, Katisse Buckingham and Adam Schroeder.
Monday, November 30, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Clay Jenkins' career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. He attended The University of North Texas where he got his Bachelor’s Degree in Music and then earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California in 1983. Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.
Dr. Margaret Martin
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 12 – 1:50 pm, B312 - Toward Creativity Pedagogy I
Margaret Martin, DrPH, MPH in Public Health, founded The Harmony Project, a community-based music program for the most vulnerable youth in Los Angeles to promote healthy development and social inclusion, in 2001. Since that time, the organization has grown to include sites around the city, serving hundreds of children with group, private, and orchestra lessons, has partnered with many arts, schools, and other community-based organizations, and has served as the inspiration for Harmony Projects in other states. The organization partners with, among others, the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an El System-inspired orchestral music program, and has partnered with many research teams, including one from Northwestern, to study the affects of music on the brain. Dr. Martin has been honored with numerous local and national awards, and her work with Harmony Project has been featured in national media, including the NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News, OWN, PBS ‘Turning Point’, PBS Weekend NewsHour, US Department of Education ‘Homeroom’, Federal Task Force Webinar (US Department of Education with National Endowment for the Arts), National Endowment for the Arts weblog and The Atlantic (Oct 9, 2013), among others.
Steve Coleman & Five Elements
Monday, December 7, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Steve Coleman is a 2014 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" recipient and one of the most influential saxophonists and composers in modern music. His Five Elements band present a fresh approach to John Coltrane’s masterwork, A Love Supreme. Originator of the creative perspective on composition and expression famously called M-Base, Coleman is a Chicago native whose innovative work and towering influence makes him an heir-apparent to Coltrane’s legacy. He began his musical life under the spell of major Chicago saxophone figures Von Freeman and Bunky Green, and by the mid 1980s, Coleman and a host of fellow explorers including saxophonist Greg Osby, vocalist Cassandra Wilson, pianist Geri Allen and trombonist Robin Eubanks formed the “M-Base movement” that stressed a holistic approach to music creation utilizing improvisation and structure, contemporary relevance, and an embrace of non-western musical concepts. The Five Elements include Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Maria Grand on tenor sax, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass, and Sean Rickman on drums.
Richard Giddens Quintet - Matt Otto (sax), Storm Nilson (guitar), Adam Benjamin (piano), Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and Richard Giddens (bass)
Monday, December 14, 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm, Roy O. Disney Music Hall – Jazz Forum
Richard Giddens is a Bassist from Fresno, CA, with a BFA (2007) and MFA (2009) from California Institute of the Arts. Giddens is currently a professor at Fresno State, and a member of The Gavin Templeton Quartet, Daniel Rosenboom's "Burning Ghosts", The Lost and Found Orchestra, and many of his own ensembles. He has performed or recorded with the likes of Charlie Haden, STOMP, Larry Goldings, Joe La Barbara, The Chapin Sisters, Peter Bernstein, Robert Glasper, Gerry Gibbs, Mary Halvorson, Jason Lowenstein (of Sebadoh), Rusty Santos, and Arturo Sandoval, among many others. He is currently working on his first album as a band leader for Orenda Records, featuring Matt Otto, Adam Benjamin, Storm Nilson, and Tomas Fujiwara.
Liminar Ensemble presents the Music of Julián Carrillo
Monday, December, 14 2015, 2 – 3:50 pm B318 – Graduate Composers Forum
Liminar is an independent music ensemble based in Mexico City made up of more than 21 soloists with national and international experience. As the group’s name suggests, Liminar’s place in the spectrum of contemporary musical practice is firmly on the adventurous side. The programs explore the boundaries of sound art, music theater, and inter-media performance, thus expanding the conceptual and technical limits of the concert hall. They are one of the only Mexican ensemble devoted almost exclusively to contemporary music, ranging from concert music of variable instrumentation, to experimental music and sound art. The ensemble performs the works of living Mexican and international composers—such as Christian Wolff, Michael Pisaro, Carola Bauckholt, Manfred Werder, and Erik Ulman, as well as essential works from the past century never before played in Mexico. Guest musicians have included Robyn Schulkowsky, Wilhelm Bruck, Andrea Neumann and Severine Ballon—their programs have attracted the attention of ever-growing audiences, becoming the hub where new music meets other art forms.