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The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble
April 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, presents a marathon program which combines composers from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with those associated with the New York avant-garde tradition.
SEM’s collaboration with AACM began 20 years ago, when Muhal Richard Abrams invited Kotik and his orchestra to perform, and has continued until today with many commissions and recordings. The concert’s program aims to bring forth the proximity of different musical ideas and underlines Kotik’s openness to unorthodox combinations of composers, whose work he has presented in New York at SEM concerts, and in Europe at the Ostrava Days festival.
When & where
Tuesday April 25, 2017 @ 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street
Free admission with suggested donation
Highlights for the Bohemian National Hall concert include five world premieres: George Lewis’ Seismologic (2017) for solo bassoonist Dana Jessen and electronics; Roscoe Mitchell’s Distant Radio Transmission (2017) with the composer on saxophone, baritone Thomas Buckner, and the SEM Orchestra, conducted by Kotik; Christian Wolff’s 5 Songs with Thomas Buckner and the orchestra; and Czech composer Petr Bakla’s Major Thirds with pianist Joseph Kubera and the Momenta Quartet.
George Lewis Emergent (2014)
Flute solo (Claire Chase) and 4-channel sound
Muhal Richard Abrams Trio Things (2016)
Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), Tom Chiu (violin), Meaghan Burk (cello)
Jackson Mac Low Is That Hat My Hat? (1980)
4 Narrators and Orchestra
Christian Wolff 5 Songs (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Thomas Buckner (voice) and orchestra
Petr Kotik Music for 3 (1964)
Stephanie Griffin (viola), Meaghan Burke (cello), James Ilgenfritz (bass)
Roscoe Mitchell Distant Radio Transmission (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Roscoe Mitchell (saxophone), Thomas Buckner (voice) and orchestra
Petr Bakla Major Thirds (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Joseph Kubera (piano), Momenta Quartet
George Lewis Seismologic (2017) WORLD PREMIERE
Dana Jessen (bassoon) and 4-channel sound
Group improvisation: Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, George Lewis, Thomas Buckner, Joseph Kubera, Sara Schoenbeck
Hailed by The New York Times as “the best of what is left of the experimental tradition,” S.E.M. Ensemble was founded in 1970 when Petr Kotik gathered a group of musicians from the fellows at the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, SUNY/Buffalo. Since then, S.E.M. Ensemble has established itself as one of the most distinguished ensembles for new music in the U.S., maintaining a continuous schedule of concerts in New York, touring annually in Europe, and also performing in South America and Japan. SEM has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and Merkin Hall. Recent recordings, all on the Dog w/a Bone label (New York), include Morton Feldman’s For Philip Guston (4-CD set), Petr Kotik’s Many Many Women (3-CD set), Music by Marcel Duchamp (1 CD) and Spoken Music —a live performance recording with John Cage, Dick Higgins, Jackson Mac Low and others. Recent recordings of The Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble are also available on Asphodel Ltd. (San Francisco) and Wergo (Mainz).
Momenta Quartet (Emilie-Anne Gendron and Alex Shiozaki, Violins, Stephanie Griffin, Viola and Michael Haas, Cello) is a New York City-based string quartet that focuses on the performance of contemporary music. Founded in 2004, Momenta Quartet is today one of the most distinguished American string quartets, with concerts and residencies throughout the United States and Europe. Momenta has premiered over 100 works and collaborated with more than 120 composers. Momenta Quartet will appear several times during its residency at Ostrava Days, including an evening-length program. Among the music performed by Momenta at OD will be works by Julián Carrillo, Petr Bakla, Alex Mincek, Petr Kotik, Martin Arnold, and new compositions by Ostrava Days’ resident-students.