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Saturday, February 1, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir: Portraits

An evening of musical portraits for solo cello performed by Icelandic American cellist, Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir, with contemporary works by Jane Antonia Cornish, Melia Watras, Thuridur Jonsdóttir, Michelle Ross and Kaaija Saariaho. [More]

Friday, February 21, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Eldad Tarmu & Glenda Bates: Winter Migrant

Dr. Tarmu and Dr. Bates perform an evening of chamber music duets written by Eldad Tarmu. Exploring the roles of classical and jazz performance practices, and the hybridization of the two, Dr. Tarmu’s compositions entrance the listener with jazz harmonies and grooving rhythms, while singing with classical phrasing and formal structure. This concert features the premiere of Winter Migrant, a through-composed suite for oboe/English horn and vibraphone, alongside compositions that leave plenty of room for improvisation and surprise. [More]

Saturday, February 29, 2020 — 7:30 PM

Trio Electrique + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Trio Electrique features Michele Walther on electric violin, Edo Castro Woodhouse on 7 string bass, and E. "Doc" Smith on zendrum. OboeTronics is an ongoing performance project performed by Glenda Bates on oboe and tape. [More]

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 12:00 AM

Jesse Perlstein & Shinya Sugimoto + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Jesse Perlstein (US) & Shinya Sugimoto (JP) combine haunting vocals, field recordings, piano etudes, oscillator drones and digital algorithmic noise to create minimal soundscapes that blossom into lush nostalgia-tinged requiems. The balance between ambience and harmonic vox/keys swells give these improvised performances a feeling of intention and composition that reflects the long-standing collaboration the two artists have shared. OboeTronics is an ongoing performance project featuring twenty-first century works for oboe and tape performed by oboe and English horn virtuoso, Glenda Bates. Composers Semegen, ter Veldhuis, and Khamda, provide vibrant electronic soundscapes with which the oboe dances, sings, and improvises. [More]

Friday, October 25, 2019 — 12:00 AM

Jesse Perlstein & Shinya Sugimoto + Glenda Bates/OboeTronics

Jesse Perlstein (US) & Shinya Sugimoto (JP) combine haunting vocals, field recordings, piano etudes, oscillator drones and digital algorithmic noise to create minimal soundscapes that blossom into lush nostalgia-tinged requiems. The balance between ambience and harmonic vox/keys swells give these improvised performances a feeling of intention and composition that reflects the long-standing collaboration the two artists have shared. OboeTronics is an ongoing performance project featuring twenty-first century works for oboe and tape performed by oboe and English horn virtuoso, Glenda Bates. Composers Semegen, ter Veldhuis, and Khamda, provide vibrant electronic soundscapes with which the oboe dances, sings, and improvises. [More]

Saturday, November 23, 2019 — 12:00 AM

FutureJazz: E. Doctor Smith, Peter McKibben & Laura Austin Wiley

"FutureJazz" is an electronic trio featuring E. Doctor Smith on the Zendrum EXP and samples, Peter McKibben on guitar, loops and synthesizer, and Laura Austin Wiley on flutes and effects. [More]

Saturday, November 23, 2019 — 12:00 AM

FutureJazz: E. Doctor Smith, Peter McKibben & Laura Austin Wiley

"FutureJazz" is an electronic trio featuring E. Doctor Smith on the Zendrum EXP and samples, Peter McKibben on guitar, loops and synthesizer, and Laura Austin Wiley on flutes and effects. [More]

Sunday, October 6, 2019 — 12:00 AM

Site: Yizkor, Andrew Conklin and Maya Ciarrocchi

Site: Yizkor, an interactive work for sound and video developed by the Bronx, NY interdisciplinary artist Maya Ciarrocchi and the Stockton, CA composer Andrew Conklin, explores the physical and emotional documentation of loss through the lens of Jewish Yizkor books. This presentation of the project at Center for New Music will include a new piece for live musicians in an immersive projected and sonic environment, followed by a workshop where audience members are invited to create their own Yizkor pages as a way to mourn and commemorate lost people and places. [More]

Sunday, October 6, 2019 — 12:00 AM

Site: Yizkor, Andrew Conklin and Maya Ciarrocchi

Site: Yizkor, an interactive work for sound and video developed by the Bronx, NY interdisciplinary artist Maya Ciarrocchi and the Stockton, CA composer Andrew Conklin, explores the physical and emotional documentation of loss through the lens of Jewish Yizkor books. This presentation of the project at Center for New Music will include a new piece for live musicians in an immersive projected and sonic environment, followed by a workshop where audience members are invited to create their own Yizkor pages as a way to mourn and commemorate lost people and places. [More]

Friday, July 19, 2019 — 12:00 AM

A Circle Has No Beginning by Sameer Gupta

A Circle Has No Beginning embodies the multi-faceted musical influences of Bay Area born, and now New York-based percussionist and composer Sameer Gupta. The album crosses numerous musical boundaries, incorporating mesmerizing Indian music, skillful jazz improvisation, potent funk, and forward-thinking progressive sounds. [More]