New works by three innovative composers, featuring Thomas Buckner, Malcolm Goldstein, and the SEM Ensemble.
Violinist Malcolm Goldstein will return to follow up his appearance at last season’s Interpretations concert, to perform a new work for voice and violin wandering still (based on poetry of Basho). Goldstein will also perform one work for solo violin but one bird sang not.
When & where
Thursday May 3, 2018 @ 8pm
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets $15 Online / $20 Doors
Buckner and members of the SEM Ensemble will perform a new work by Jacques Bekaert, a close associate of Robert Ashley and early collaborator with the Sonic Arts Union. A Distant Harmony, for baritone, flute, viola, and bass clarinet, and Requiem (New York Premiere), for baritone flute, bassoon, trumpet, french horn, trombone, timpani, violin, ‘cello, and contrabass (to poems of Whitman, Neruda, Thomas, Celan, Anna Akmatova and Jacques Bekaert).
Buckner will then perform two works by his longtime associate Bun-Ching Lam: Songs from Cold Mountain (to poems by Han Shan) for baritone, flute, harp and viola; and Last Love Songs, for baritone and piano
For decades, baritone Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the promotion and performance of new and improvised music, collaborating with a host of new music luminaries including Robert Ashley, Noah Creshevsky, Robert Dick, Tom Hamilton, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul, Leroy Jenkins, Bun Ching Lam, Annea Lockwood, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, Wadada Leo Smith, Chinary Ung, Christian Wolff and many others. Buckner has appeared at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Herbst Theatre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Berlin Spring Festival, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Angelica Festival of Bologna. He is featured on over 50 recordings, including 6 solo albums, the most recent being “New Music for Baritone & Chamber Ensemble,” which includes works by Annea Lockwood, Tania Leon, and Petr Kotik. Buckner also appears in the CD/DVD “Kirili et le Nymphéas (Hommage à Monet)” filmed at the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, which houses the Monet’s celebrated Water lilies murals. He has performed for years with Robert Dick, and they have a duo CD, ‘Flutes and Voices’, on the Mutable Music Label. In the 1970s, he ran 1750 Arch Records, co- directed the Arch Ensemble for Experimental Music, and curated 1750 Arch Concerts in Berkeley, California, which produced over 100 concerts a year. For the past twenty-eight years Thomas Buckner has curated the Interpretations New Music series in New York City, as well as the Mutable Music CD label.
Born in the Macao region of China, Bun-Ching Lam began studying piano at the age of seven and gave her first public solo recital at fifteen. In 1976, she received a B.A. degree in piano performance from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She then accepted a scholarship from the University of California at San Diego, where she studied composition with Bernard Rands, Robert Erickson, Roger Reynolds, Pauline Oliveros, and earned a Ph.D. in 1981. In the same year, she was invited to join the music faculty of the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, where she taught until 1986. Recently appointed to serve as the resident composer of the Macao Orchestra, Ms.Lam was also a composer in residence at the America Dance Festival and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra for the 2000-2001 season. She has been honored by fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She also won the Rome Prize and was awarded first prizes at the Aspen Music Festival, the Northwest Composer’s Symposium, and the highest honor at the Shanghai Music Competition, which was the first international composers’ contest to take place in China. She was a recipient of grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Selected in 2009 as one of UC San Diego’s 100 most influential alumni, Ms. Lam also had the privilege to be one of the ten alumni invited to speak in the Distinguished Alumni Lecture series celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong. She was the Jean MacDuff Vaux Composer-in-Residence at Mills College, California. In 1997, Bun-Ching Lam served as a Visiting Professor in Composition at the School of Music, Yale University, and at Bennington College in Vermont. Her music has been recorded on CRI, Tzadik, Nimbus, Koch International Classics, Sound Aspect and Tellus. She now divides her time between Paris and New York.
Malcolm Goldstein (born March 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American-Canadian composer, violinist and improviser who has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s. He received an M.A. in music composition from Columbia University in 1960, having studied with Otto Luening. In the 1960s in New York City, he was a co-founder with James Tenney and Philip Corner of the Tone Roads Ensemble and was a participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant-Garde and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. Since then, he has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, with solo concerts as well as with new music and dance ensembles. His “Soundings” improvisations have received international acclaim for having “reinvented violin playing”, extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity. Since the mid-1960s he has integrated structured improvisation aspects into his compositions, exploring the rich sound textures of new performance techniques within a variety of instrumental and vocal frameworks. Numerous ensembles such as Essential Music, Relâche, Musical Elements, The New Performance Group of Cornish Institute, L’art pour L’art, Quatuor Bozzini and Klangforum Wien have performed his music, as well as the Ensemble for New Music/Hessischer Rundfunk, Frankfurt, of which he was the director in the 1990s. He has written extensively on improvisation as in his book Sounding the Full Circle. His critical edition of Charles Ives’s “Second String Quartet”.
Composer Jacques Bekaert was born in 1940 in Bruges, Belgium. He studied with Henri Pousseur at the Basel Conservatory, and also worked at the Apelac Studio for Electronic Music in Brussels, and the Studio for Electronic Music at Brandeis University and at Mills College, where many of his compositions were performed. In 1972 Bekaert co-founded, with Takehisa Kosugi, the musical group, Transition, which performed in Europe, notably at the ICES Festival in London. He has also performed with the Sonic Arts Union, Philippe Catherine, George Lewis, and John Cage (for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company). Composing mostly for small ensemble and electronic media, Bekaert’s works include Aranyaprathet (for tape and instruments, created at Arch Street in Berkeley); The Ghost of Madison, premiered by Rae Imamura, at the Kitchen (New York); and a collection of his works with the overall title, Summer Music 1970, composed while living in John Cage’s house in Stony Point, New York. Bekaert has also composed music for two experimental movies by Japanese writer/filmmaker Akiko Iimura. As a journalist, Bekaert covered American politics for fifteen years. He also traveled to the Middle East, Portugal and Greece. In 1979 he moved to Bangkok and specialized in Indochinese affairs, traveling often to Vietnam, Cambodia. He has also written several studies on Cambodia for research centers in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Bekaert’s photographs have been shown in Berkeley, Hanoi and Brussels. Jacques Bekaert is a member of CounterIntelligence, a New York-based art group. It also includes David Behrman, and video and graphic artist Terri Hanlon.