Sonic Excursions at the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society


Mar 29 2015 - 8:00pm

The Washington Square Contemporary Music Society presents the second concert of its season, Sonic Excursions, at the Tenri Institute on Sunday, March 29 at 8 PM.

Address: 43A West 13th St., (between 5th and 6th Aves.)
General admission: $15
Students and seniors: $8
NYU students attend free of charge with their school ID

This program brings together The Chamber Players of the League - ISCM and conductor David Fulmer with performers Sue Ann Kahn, flute, Benjamin Fingland, clarinet, Andrew Delclos, bassoon, Stephen Gosling and Eliko Akahori, piano, Alex Lipowski, percussion, and Lois Martin, viola. Featured soloists include sopranos P. Lucy McVeigh and Amanda Crider, and composer Jenny Olivia Johnson on synthesizer/electronics.

Concert Program:
Jenny Olivia Johnson: Pilot (NY Premiere)
Louis Karchin: Excursions (World Premiere)
Andrew Rudin: Portentum
Bruce Reiprich: Lambent (World Premiere)
Kaija Saariaho: Duft
Brian Fennelly: Quincunx II (World Premiere)

Jenny Olivia Johnson’s Pilot is an amplified micro-oratorio inspired by an Andes plane crash in 1972, and combines haunting electronic timbres with live processed voices, bassoon and piano. Louis Karchin’s Excursions combines electronic sounds with live viola, both parts emanating from a spectrally-derived sample of a viola melody. Other works include Andrew Rudin’s sonically-rich Portentum for solo percussion and Bruce Reiprich’s Lambent, based on subtle undulations emanating from the vibraphone and washing over the other instruments. Kaija Saariaho’s recent masterpiece for solo clarinet, Duft, combines traditional clarinet writing with multiphonics and glissandi and Brian Fennelly’s Quincunx II, with its haunting combination of quiet percussion and bass clarinet, will complete the program.

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Washington Square Contemporary Music Society's Facebook page
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