UPDATE: Fresno New Music is proud to host the following concerts for Fall 2014 on the campus of Fresno State University:
Brave New Works is a vibrant performing ensemble of ten musicians dedicated to performing and promoting new music. The mission of Brave New Works is to engage, enrich and educate through contemporary music. A not-for-profit organization since 2003, Brave New Works was nurtured by the rich artistic landscape of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and formed in 1997 by three students at the University of Michigan: percussionists Chris Froh and Eli Shapiro, and conductor Chris Younghoon Kim. The concept was simple; to make great music, discover new sounds and ideas, and perform with kindred spirits.
In addition to exploring and encouraging the growing modern repertoire, Brave New Works began to make contributions in the area of education. The ensemble developed its College Residency Program in which Brave New Works musicians work with student composers and instrumentalists conducting open rehearsals, instrumental master classes, and readings of student compositions. The first of these took place in the fall of 2002 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Subsequent residencies have taken Brave New Works to Bowling Green, Ohio, and to an ongoing partnership with Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.
Today, many of the musicians of Brave New Works hold teaching positions at prestigious colleges and universities around the country, and all maintain individual performing careers. Brave New Works strives to uphold the values out of which it was formed and remains true to its first simple concept: to make great music, discover new sounds and ideas, and perform with kindred spirits.
The concert at Fresno State will feature four of Brave New Works’ talented ensemble, as well as conducting by maestro Chris Kim. More information on Brave New Works can be found on their website at http://bravenewworks.org.
November 21st, 2014: Swarmius Duo – 8:00 pm in the Fresno State Concert Hall
Genre: Trans-Classical/ Avant-Pop — catchy instrumental grooves, soaring melodies & multi-level syncopations that draw from rock, jazz, the Yoruba music of Nigeria, Eastern European Klezmer, Surf music, Indonesian gamelan, electronica, hip-hop, vaudeville, European classical and more.
Sounds like: SWARMIUS has the rebellious, freewheeling vibe of artists such as OK Go, Sun Ra, Björk, Radio Head & Gershwin. Since their 2006 debut at Kosovel Hall in Ljubljana, Slovenia, SWARMIUS has won-over audiences and critics around the world. SWARMIUS has an international following that includes Ireland, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
The concert at Fresno State will feature the SWARMIUS duo – saxophonist Todd Rewoldt and laptop composer Joseph Martin Waters. More information can be found on their website at http://www.swarmius.com/
Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for faculty and staff, and FREE for students. Tickets for both events can be purchased through the Fresno State Music Department website, at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/index.html