National Gallery of Art
A Festival of American Music Personal Visions

jackplayingflight700The JACK Quartet performs Roger Reynolds' Flight
 
This year, for its 66th iteration, the National Gallery of Art hosted its annual American Music Festival. It presented a striking range of composers and performers in six concerts, several lectures and panels on compositions performed in the festival, and the screening of a film of Robert Ashley's Dust.
 
When & where
Sunday March 8 — Sunday March 22, 2015
National Gallery of Art
Washington DC

 
Roger Reynolds, guest music director, writes: "One of the most distinctive aspects of American music over the past century, has been the presence of arresting, sometimes quirky personal visions in our creative landscape ... It is a rich and idiosyncratic heritage quite distinct from the more self- and historically-consistent patterns evident in the European scene ... This remarkable array of differently manifested creative energy will bring to Washington an unusual prospect for engagement and consideration."

rogerreflight700Roger Reynolds introduces the FLIGHT Project

Excerpt from FLIGHT

 
Programs and artists

Sunday March 8 @ 2pm
West Building Lecture Hall

    Program
    Conlon Nancarrow String Quartet No. 3
    Michelle Lou Porcupine
    Robert Ashley Resonant Combinations [A tribute to Cage]
    Roger Reynolds The FLIGHT Project (an initial encounter)

    Artists
    Roger Reynolds guest composer & pianist
    JACK Quartet
    Ross Karre videographer
    Paul Hembree computer musician
    Michelle Lou guest composer

 
Wednesday March 11 @ 12:10pm
West Garden Court

    Program
    Morton Feldman Intermission I
    Lewis Nielson Le Journal du corps
    Roger Reynolds image/piano
    David Felder Stuck-stücke for string quartet
    Stefan Wolpe Form for piano
    John Zorn The Dead Man
        1. Variations 2. Sonatas 3. Manifesto 4. Fanfare
        5. Meditation, 6. Rondo, 7. Romance, 8. Blossoms, 9. Fantasy
        10. Folio, 11. Nocturne, 12. Etude (hockey), 13. Prelude

    Artists
    JACK Quartet
    Eric Huebner pianist

 
Sunday March 15 @ 3:30pm
West Garden Court

    Program
    Charles Ives Sonata for Violin and Piano, No. 4 “Children’s Day at the Camp”
    Chinary Ung Seven Mirrors
      A Window in the Sky · Dotted Path · Roar, Lion of the Heart Laughter
      Passes Over the Earth · Space Between the Fish and the Moon
      Tattooing Space-Time · Flying Mirrors
    Charles Ives Concord Sonata
    Aaron Copland Violin Sonata

    Artists
    Eric Huebner pianist
    Gabriela Diaz violinist

 
Wednesday, March 18 @ 12:10pm
West Garden Court

    Program
    Mark Dresser Trio From the known to invention
        World premiere

    Artists
    Mark Dresser contrabass
    Matthias Ziegler electro-acoustic flutes
    Denman Maroney hyperpianist

dressertrio700The Mark Dresser Trio

Excerpt from Mark Dresser's Threaded

 
Wednesday, March 18 @ 1pm
A New Generation of American Performers
West Garden Court

    Program
    Gabriela Diaz violinist
      Elliott Carter Rhapsodic Musings (from 4 Lauds)
      Morton Feldman For Aaron Copland
      Alvin Lucier Tapper
      Lee Hyla Passeggiata
    Claire Chase flutist
      Edgard Varèse Density 21.5
      Pauline Oliveros A Fluting Moment
      George Lewis Emergent (flute and electronics)
      Mario Diaz de Léon Luciform

 
thirdcoastpercussion700The Third Coast Percussion

 
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:10 & 6:30pm
West Garden Court

    Program
    Augusta Reed Thomas Resounding Earth
      #1: INVOCATION — PULSE RADIANCE
 (Homage to Olivier Messiaen and Igor Stravinsky)
      #2: PRAYER — STAR DUST ORBITS
 (Homage to Luciano Berio and Pierre Boulez)
      #3: MANTRA — CEREMONIAL TIME SHAPES 
(Homage to Lou Harrison and György Ligeti)
      #4: REVERIE — CRYSTAL LATTICE 
(Homage to Edgard Varèse, Harry Partch and John Cage)
    Thomas DeLio sound / shivering / silence II
      World Premiere
    Mark Applebaum Straitjacket
    Tyshawn Sorey Trio for Harold Budd

    Artists
    Third Coast Percussion
    Rachel Beetz guest flutist
    Tyshawn Sorey guest composer

dresserreynoldssorey700Mark Dresser, Roger Reynolds, and Tyshawn Sorey reflect