Earle Brown Music Foundation
Crested Butte Music Festival 2015
Time Spans


Time Spans, a new contemporary music event, is a collaboration between the Crested Butte Music Festival and the Earle Brown Music Foundation.


In this inaugural season, TIME SPANS kicks off the 19th annual Crested Butte Music Festival (CBMF) with two highly acclaimed contemporary music groups, Talea Ensemble and JACK Quartet, performing five concerts of extraordinary contemporary music by composers Hans Abrahamsen, David Adamcyk, Oscar Bettison, Taylor Brook, Zosha di Castri, Anthony Cheung, Georg Friedrich Haas, David Liptak, Alex Mincek, Claudio Monteverdi, Matthias Pintscher, Caroline Shaw, Sean Shepherd, and Amy Williams.

When & where
June 25—28, 2015
Various venues, Crested Butte

TIME SPANS promises exciting discoveries and brings some of the most gifted composers and musicians of our time to Crested Butte for a condensed weekend of ear opening adventure. Two of the most prestigious contemporary music ensembles in the United States, the Talea Ensemble and JACK Quartet, will perform five concerts of extraordinary music of our time during the first season of the new TIME SPANS festival.


fichter700Thomas Fichter, Time Spans Artistic Director
Time Spans is a collaboration between the Earle Brown Music Foundation (EBMF) and the Crested Butte Music Festival. Invented during a memorable dinner with my friend and colleague, CBMF festival director Alexander Scheirle, this mini-festival seeks to show a selection of what we consider to be fascinating and important recent works and fresh ideas in the creation of today’s concert music, performed by some of the finest musicians, the Talea Ensemble and JACK quartet.
I have curated Time Spans just as one would create an exhibition of contemporary visual art in a gallery: A visitor can concentrate on a single piece, on one room, or see the whole exhibition. The works relate to each other in various ways, either in a room (a concert) or at the whole exhibition (the festival).
Many of the composers whose works will be performed will be present. Each will have a chance to speak briefly at the concert, and more extensively during the “composer talk” on Friday, June 26.
We are also actively encouraging the involvement of students from the Crested Butte Community School. The composer Sean Shepherd kindly spent a day with the young pupils and me in March, and they will have an opportunity to experience close contact with musicians and composers in rehearsals and concerts.
Much gratitude is owed to the Board of the CBMF, which generously donated the resources to make this festival possible, and to the late American composer Earle Brown and his wife Susan Sollins-Brown, who created EBMF together in 1996. TIME SPANS aspires to align the mission of the Foundation with the open-minded spirit of Earle Brown himself, who always looked for original voices in the music of his contemporaries.
Thomas Fichter, May 2015


TIME SPANS is in the spirit of Earle Brown (1926-2002), a major force in contemporary music and a leading composer of the American avant-garde since the 1950’s. His influence on the avant-garde community was philosophical as well as tangible and practical. His conducting techniques and experiments with “time notation,” improvisation, and open-form compositional structure have become part of contemporary compositional usage. Earle Brown generously fostered new works by his fellow composers both as Director of the Fromm Weeks of New Music in Aspen (1985-1990) as well as the producer of his legendary recording project, the Contemporary Sound Series (1960-1973). Open minded and always interested in a broad range of aesthetic expressions, Brown looked for important trends in contemporary music.