Greetings all! Fresno New Music is excited to announce two upcoming spring concerts!
First off, Fresno New Music is proud to announce the return of CONUNDRUM! Conundrum has been our guest two times in the past (Spring 2007 and Fall 2010), and both times received rave reviews for their exquisite performances and creative programming. From their website:
“Conundrum is a dynamic group of musicians who love to make music together. Whether performing in a riverfront pavilion, a moonlit observatory, a whacky museum of signs or on the conventional concert stage, Conundrum creates a special musical experience that generates excitement and anticipation in their diverse and growing audience.
Since their premiere season in 2005-2006, Conundrum has rapidly gained a reputation for audience-oriented new music played with passion, humor and conviction. The ensemble’s repertoire is a balance of newly commissioned works, transcriptions, and works featuring different combinations of their unique instrumentation-soprano, flute, clarinet and piano. “
Fresno New Music will host CONUNDRUM on March 28th, 8:00 in the Fresno State Concert Hall. You can find more information on Conundrum on their website.
Second on our Spring program is SHACKLE, who will be joining Fresno New Music for the first time this Spring. Shackle is Anne LaBerge on flute and electronics and Deckard on laptop-instrument. Their aim is to explicity and subtly exploit shackling in both concept and material.
shackle |ˈ sh akəl|
1. used in reference to something that restrains or impedes.
2. a metal link, typically U-shaped, closed by a bolt, used to secure a chain or rope to something.
Old English of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schakel ’link, coupling’.
This extraordinarily inventive duo has a way of making music all their own. At the heart of their duo is a self-designed, cutting-edge digital cueing system which operates as a sometimes visible third member. Both prodding and reactive, the Shackle system suggests musical directions and textures to these two highly gifted performers, opening up a fascinating array of sonic choices for La Berge and Deckard to play with and against.
Improvisation and structure coincide effortlessly in Shackle’s music. Working with a computerized communication system that proposes various compositional elements to each player, they can then choose whether or not to cooperate with the proposed material. Proposals involve aspects of restriction, either in sound material, timing, dynamics or other musical parameters.
Shackle’s performances explode the line between improvisation without borders and tightly controlled forms that are both playful and daring. With uncanny transitions that turn on a dime and long, spun-out tapestries of sound, Shackle’s music works on two levels at once: full of delightful discoveries that can happen in the blink of an eye, La Berge and Deckard savor the possibilities that those discoveries offer up.
Fresno New Music will host SHACKLE on April 9th, 8:00 in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Shackle is online at http://shackle.eu/.
Tickets for both events may be found on the Fresno State Music Department Concert website, here: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/