For our fourteenth season, New Music New College will bring in a number of visiting artists, host the renowned JACK Quartet as they play music composed by New College alumni, surround the audience with student musicians and the bluegrass band Passerine, showcase New College alum Erica Gressman as she performs her multimedia project Wall of Skin, and workshop two pieces of experimental music.
This season’s visiting artists include the ensemble Third Coast Percussion from Chicago; jazz pianist (and psychotherapist) Marilyn Lerner; trombonist David Manson; and innovative vocal ensemble Toby Twining Music.
Our outdoor, surround-the-audience extravaganza Crossroads concert is called "BluesX" this year, as we investigate the confluence of modernism and experimental music with traditional types of music such as the blues and bluegrass. In addition to the performance, there will be a free panel discussion on “Experimental Music Meets Bluegrass” with three members of the New College faculty, including NMNC Director Stephen Miles.
And to provide opportunities for deeper insight into the programs and the performers, we will offer four free afternoon Artist Conversations throughout the season.
We present our programs in both traditional and non-traditional venues on the New College campus. Subscriptions for the five-concert series are $60, with single tickets priced at $15. See our Reservations page to purchase tickets.
Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for the dedicated link for tickets). Tickets for non-New College students in the community are $5 at the door with student ID.
Third Coast Percussion
Music of John Cage and Steve Reich
Concert: Saturday, September 22, 8:00 p.m., Club Sudakoff ($15, free with subscription)
Artist Conversation: Friday, September 21, 3:30 p.m., Club Sudakoff (free)
Leading off the 2012–2013 series will be Third Coast Percussion, a Chicago-based quartet whose performances have been described as “sonically spectacular” (Chicago Tribune), and which has won accolades for its recent recording of music by John Cage (MODE Records). In celebration of Cage’s centennial, Third Coast Percussion will perform the composer’s Radio Music, enlisting 16 students from NMNC Director Stephen Miles’s Experimental Music class. Also on the program: Mallet Music, a recent composition by one of contemporary music’s living giants, Steve Reich. Come experience all this in our own improvised “Club Sudakoff”—if you’ve ever been in the Sudakoff Center before, you’ll barely recognize it once NMNC’s taken it over.
The Third Coast percussionists are Owen Clay Condon, Robert Dillon, Peter Martin and David Skidmore. “Third Coast is thrilled to be performing the first time at New Music New College,” says Skidmore. “We are very much looking forward to celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth with performances of his music for percussion. We will also perform the music of another visionary American composer who has made a huge impact on percussion music, Steve Reich.”
Third Coast Percussion uses an impressive array of percussion instruments to create a unique performance experience. With exceptional talent and dedicated artistry, the quartet combines the driving intensity of drums, the beautiful warmth of marimbas and vibraphones and the surprisingly exotic sounds of everyday objects to make music that is playful, memorable and profound. In performances around the country, the ensemble has swiftly gained national attention for effortlessly combining the energy of a rock concert with the precision and sophistication of classical chamber music.
Experimental Music class (September through December)
NMNC Director Stephen Miles will teach a class on the theory and practice of experimental music (New College students only). As part of this, the class will present two workshops that are free and open to the public: the classic experimental work The Great Learning, Paragraph Seven by Cornelius Cardew, and a new work devised by the class itself.
Workshop: New Experimental Music: Tuesday, November 20, 1:00 p.m., Caples Fine Arts Complex (free and open to the public)
Then and Now: The JACK Quartet plays
Music of New College Graduates
Performance: Saturday, November 17, 8:00 p.m., Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Artist Conversation: Friday, November 16, 3:30 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
JACK is back! The world renowned JACK Quartet returns to New Music New College for the fourth time, to showcase compositions by New College alums. In “Then and Now,” JACK will perform recent works by distinguished New College graduates, who have gone on to win major prizes and commissions, juxtaposed with some of their notable student compositions. Think of it as an audible exploration of Life After New College.
The alumni composers will include Jason Rosenberg, Alejandro Castaño, Taylor Briggs, and Sara Moone.
The JACK Quartet is focused on the commissioning and performance of new works, leading them to work closely with composers Helmut Lachenmann, György Kurtág, Matthias Pintscher, Georg Friedrich Haas, James Dillon, Toshio Hosokawa, Wolfgang Rihm, Elliott Sharp, Beat Furrer, Caleb Burhans, and Aaron Cassidy. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Jason Eckardt, Zeena Parkins, Payton MacDonald, Huck Hodge, James Clarke, Mauro Lanza, Simon Steen-Andersen, Walter Zimmermann, and Toby Twining. In addition to working with composers and performers, JACK seeks to broaden and diversify the potential audience for new music through educational presentations designed for a variety of ages, backgrounds, and levels of musical experience.
Marilyn Lerner, piano
Concert: Saturday, January 19, 8:00 p.m., Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Artist Conversation: Friday, January 18, 3:30 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
Discussion: Psychoanalysis, Gender, and Jazz, co-sponsored by the New College Gender Studies Program: Friday, January 18, 11:00 a.m., College Hall Music Room (New College faculty, students, and staff only)
Widely recorded and internationally renowned, Marilyn Lerner’s work speaks to improvisation, not just as an approach to music making, but as a way of life, a mode of being that is accessible to all of us in our daily lives. Her groundbreaking recordings have garnered much recognition, including her two solo recordings Luminance and Romanian Fantasy and Special Angel with Sonny Greenwich. Her intimate knowledge of the piano, combined with a fearless experimental and passionate spirit, render her a true original. Lerner’s work spans the worlds of jazz, creative improvisation, klezmer, and 20th century classical music. She composes for film, theatre, radio and television. She is also an audio artist and has created a series of soundscapes using samples of sounds she collects in the natural environment. Lerner is also a practicing psychotherapist and an analyst in training at the Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
Of her program in Sarasota, the artist states, “Dreaming is an activity not limited to sleep but a state that continues during our waking hours. Art is testament to this! I invite the audience to accompany me on a unique musical journey, a moment in time, the creation of sound poems, explorations in sound, songs, and improvisations. Improbable, unrepeatable, virtuosic, a personal integration of influences spanning classical, jazz, and world music, created with heart and passion.”
While at New College, she will discuss how her artistic work and her therapeutic work inform each other, and how her practice in both arenas is informed by and informs her feminism, at a session co-sponsored by the college's Gender Studies Program.
Wall of Skin
Performance/Discussion: Friday, February 8, 8:00 p.m., Black Box Theater (free)
Conversation: Artistic Life Beyond New College: Friday, February 8, 12:00 p.m., Hamilton Center dining hall (New College students only)
New College alumna Erica Gressman returns to New College to present her master's thesis performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "Wall of Skin." This multimedia theatrical piece is emotional and stunning; and Gressman will talk about the concepts and execution after the performance. As a New College student, Gressman performed twice in NMNC Crossroads concerts as drummer, vocalist, and keyboardist (simultaneously) for the student band Tyger Beat.
On Friday afternoon Gressman will share her post-New College experiences with current students at an informal lunch meeting.
Crossroads 5: BluesX
Concert: Saturday, March 16, 8:00 p.m., PepsiCo Arcade ($15, free with subscription)
Panel Discussion: “Experimental Music Meets Bluegrass”: Friday, March 15, 3:30 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
NMNC’s annual Crossroads performances bring musicians of very different backgrounds together—to perform together and to learn from each other—all under the stars in the PepsiCo Arcade. For the fifth edition of Crossroads, the musicians will get down and go deep, exploring the modernist dimension of music that is strongly traditional, the music of bluegrass and the blues.
What happens when Bill Monroe and Robert Johnson meet John Cage and Steve Reich? Come find out and enjoy performances by NMNC musicians Stephen Miles and R. L. Silver, New College students (including blues virtuoso Nat Langston), and special guests trombonist David Manson and the bluegrass band Passerine, featuring NCF professor David Brain, NCF alumna Sara Moone, and current NCF student Dave Baker. As always at Crossroads, we’ll surround the audience with three stages of intense performers and invite you to move around and vary your experience of this musical extravaganza.
On Friday afternoon join us for a panel discussion about the intersection of traditional music genres bluegrass and blues with modernist and experimental ideas, featuring New College professors Stephen Miles (Music), David Brain (Sociology), and Kariann Goldschmitt (Music).
Toby Twining Music
New Voices, New Harmonies
Concert: Saturday, April 20, 8:00 p.m., Sainer Pavilion ($15, free with subscription)
Artist Conversation: Friday, April 19, 3:30 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
Toby Twining has established a reputation as one of the most innovative vocalist/composers active today, and performances by his ensemble have won accolades from critics. In the words of Don Heckman of the Los Angeles Times: “Using elements as diverse as jazz improvisation, contemporary classical pointillism and repetitions, ethnic throat singing, doo-wop, yodels, vocal sound effects and a few utterly unclassifiable techniques that are uniquely their own, the ensemble is setting a standard for the stylistically unrestricted exploration of voice music. Toby Twining Music is an unquestionable original.” For NMNC’s season finale, Toby Twining Music will perform music from Twining’s score for the ballet Eurydice and excerpts from the group’s break-out recording Shaman, as well as completely new material.
Raised in Texas, with family roots in country-swing and gospel, Toby Twining has traveled musically from playing for rock and jazz bands to composing and performing experimental music for voices with a fresh approach to harmony. He moved to New York in 1987, initially writing for modern dance choreographers who wanted the sounds of a new choral music. In 1991 he started Toby Twining Music, which performed in music halls and festivals across the United States and Europe. His recordings include Shaman (SONY, 1994), The Little Match Girl and Emily Dickinson’s Birthday Pizza on A Prairie Home Companion 20th Anniversary Album (Highbridge, 1996), Chrysalid Requiem, and Eurydice (Cantaloupe Music 2002 and 2011). Twining’s instrumental music has been recorded by pianist Margaret Leng Tan and cellist Matt Haimovitz. He was a 2003 Pew Fellow, co-founder of Arts on the Edge Wolfeboro, and is a 2011 Guggenheim recipient.
The Sarasota Wind Quintet:
New College Student Composers
Concert: Sunday, May 5, 4:00 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
In collaboration with the Sarasota Wind Quintet, one of the chamber groups of the Sarasota Orchestra, a number of New College students will take compositions from workshop stage through final completion. Come hear the newest of the new—young composers offering fresh compositions, performed by a first-rate ensemble!
Sonic Landscapes, Performances, and Collaborations:
Projects in Electronic Music
Concert: Thursday, May 9, 7:30 p.m., Sainer Pavilion (free)
As the culmination of Visiting Assistant Professor Mark Danciger's Electronic Music class, New College students will present their final projects in a free concert.
Tickets are FREE for New College students, faculty, and staff (e-mail email@example.com for the dedicated link for tickets). For everyone else, single event tickets are $15, and season tickets to all five concerts are a bargain at $60. Admission to all of our Artist Conversations and the Panel Discussion, as well as Wall of Skins and the Student Composers Concert and the Electronic Music Concert in May, is free for everyone. Tickets for non-New College students in the community are $5 at the door with student ID. Visit our Reservations page for details.
All NMNC venues are ramp accessible.
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