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NYU Steinhardt
Esther Lamneck Clarinet & Táragató
NYU New Music Ensemble

October 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm


This evening’s concert offers a wonderful opportunity for the audience to listen to both solo instrumental works and large ensemble scores by the same composer.

With the exception of Judith Shatin’s work, which will stand alone and feature the ensemble, the other composers have works for either solo clarinet or táragató as well as larger scoped works. The solo works include notated scores and improvisation. The Ensemble has memorized the scores it is performing and will improvise with them, incorporating and adding to the sonic material inherent in the works.
When & where
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 @ 8pm
Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 West 4th Street
New York

Admission free
    clarinet and live electronics
CARLOS D. PERALES   Tics, Cracks, Chops and Other Glamorous
    ensemble and computer generated sound
    tárogató and fixed media
RODRIGO SIGAL   Friction of Things in Other Places
    ensemble and fixed media
JUDITH SHATIN   Grito del Corazón
    ensemble, video, and computer generated sound
JORGE SOSA   Enchantment
    tárogató and live electronics
JORGE SOSA   Stray Birds
    ensemble, video, and computer generated sound
Harin Bae flute
Patricia Cardona flute
DeShaun Gordon-King flute
Charles Page flute
Ammon Swinbank flute
Blair Perry clarinet
Ryan Sauer bass clarinet
Chris Miley saxophone
Keaton Hild piano
Mohamed Kubbara percussion
Amanda Barrafato electric guitar/processing
Alex Forjaz electric guitar/processing


Program Notes

Composer and researcher Carlos D. Perales is focused on extending acoustic sound through the expressive possibilities of electronic devices and human-computer interaction.
We all dance,
ones better than others,
we come in white
and become colored, sometimes willing,
others without knowing how.
When we see what we like,
we fix it,
without being able to avoid it
we keep learning what we need.
When we think we know a lot,
we keep dancing,
become colored,
until black,
ones better than others.
tics, cracks, chops and other glamorous
In the name of John Cage and following the words of Alvin Lucier, I could say: dduit, sooyof, gluatf, zheeej, ifnn, chyiurrr, pooh, mmmn, shhjjz, phthkh ... -CP

Rodrigo Sigal is a composer and cultural manager interested in working with new technologies especially in the electroacoustic music field.
Hourglass explores a flexible time that connects with timbre. Time becomes soft and fragile, thus the timbre of the tárogató links the computer part and the performer. This piece was commissioned by Nicole Canham, to whom it is dedicated, and was also composed with support from the National Creators System of Mexico. -RS
When things occur simultaneously there will always be different levels of friction. Energy, disagreement, pitch, physical action, and others are areas where difference can generate musical material. Friction of things in other places explores different levels to structure sound ideas through differences in material and sound sources. Friction of Things in Other Places was created in 2002 at the composer’s studio in London. –RS

Judith Shatin is a composer, sound artist, and community artist partner, whose music, called “something magical” by Fanfare, reflects her multiple fascinations with literature and visual arts, the sounding world, and the social power of music.
Grito del Corazón was inspired by Goya’s “Black Paintings. ”When the Ensemble Barcelona Nuova Musica wanted to commission a work for their Painting Music program, premiered in 2001 at the VIII Festival de CinemaIndependent de Alternativa 2001, I immediately recalled my intense response to Goya’s paintings in the Prado, and suggested this theme ... I met video artist Kathy Aoki at the MacDowell Artist Colony, and that meeting led to the decision to collaborate on this project, with the video as an optional performance element." -JS

Jorge Sosa is a Mexican-born composer currently residing in New York as resident composer with the NYU New Music Ensemble for this season.
Enchantment is a collaborative composition for tárogató and computer by Esther Lamneck and Jorge Sosa. The piece is improvisatory in nature and allows Dr. Lamneck to draw on her knowledge of Hungarian folk material, while Dr. Sosa adds effects. There is a musical dialogue between the performers as they react to each other. “Enchantment” was premiered and recorded during the “Diffrazioni Festival” in 2014 in Florence, Italy. -JS
Stray Birds is a piece for an undetermined ensemble of improvising performers, live digital signal processing, electronics, and video. The piece is based on the first poem from the book Stray Birds by the Bengali poet and mystic Rabindranath Tagore. The piece was premiered at the Diffrazione Festival in Florence in 2014, performed by an ensemble directed by Esther Lamneck. I was drawn to Tagore’s beautiful poetry due to its vivid imagery and profound simplicity. My intention was to create a soundscape that would reflect some of the sonic images evoked by the poem and to capture the drama of life, and nature, as we circle through the never-ending cycle of birth, growth, and death. -JS

    STRAY birds of summer come to my window to sing and fly away.
    And yellow leaves of autumn, which have no songs, flutter and fall there with a sigh

The New York Times calls Esther Lamneck “an astonishing virtuoso”. Winner of the prestigious Pro Musicis Award, she has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, and with renowned chamber music artists and music improvisors throughout the world.
The NYU New Music Ensemble, directed by Esther Lamneck, is recognized for the promotion and performance of contemporary music, using electronic music genres, which include fixed media works to live processing and interactive computer works. Performers in the ensemble include musicians who play traditional, ethnic and electronic instruments. The ensemble has premiered works throughout the United States and in festivals in Hungary, France, Yugoslavia, and Italy. In addition to their regular concert series at the NYU Loewe Theatre, the New Music Ensemble has made guest appearances at the American Festival of Microtonal Music, the Center for Women in Music at NYU, Merkin Concert Hall, Weill Hall, and major universities throughout the United States.
Praised for their close work with composers, the ensemble has received numerous dedications and commissions.Recent composersin residence have included Alfonso Belfiore, from the Electronic Music Department at the Florence Cherubini Conservatory, Paul Wilson from Sarc in Belfast, Theodore Lotis from Ionia University in Greece, and Mara Helmuth from the Electronic Music Department at CCM. Recent performances have included works by Jason Bolte, Ricardo Climent, Kyong Mee Choi, David Durant, Lawrence Fritts, Lars Graugaard, Dinu Ghezzo, Elizabeth Hoffman<, Cort Lippe, Eric Lyon, Michael Matthews, Ron Mazurek, Rene Mogensen, Robert Rowe, Asha Srinivasan, and many more. The NME's performance seasons are filled with exciting works, which often feature dancers, video, and new technology.




October 20, 2015
8:00 pm
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