Upcoming EVENTS: Week of April 7, 2014

7 Apr

This WEDNESDAY at 8:00pm, FRESNO NEW MUSIC is proud to host SHACKLE. shackle

SHACKLE, a flute and computer duo traveling here to Fresno for the first time from Europe, present music with a striking juxtaposition between strict form and improvisation, as well as between acoustic instruments and computer generation. Their music is hauntingly beautiful, refreshing, and surprising.

The concert will be held in the Concert Hall on the Fresno State campus. Tickets are $15.00 general, $10.00 faculty and staff, and free for students with a valid ID. To order tickets online go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts.

ALSO – this TUESDAY at 8:00 pm, the Fresno State Music Department hosts the Spring 2014 Student Composers’ Recital. Come see what the most recent new music, composed and rehearsed by Fresno State Composition students. The concert will be held in Wahlberg Recital Hall on the Fresno State campus. Tickets are $10.00 general, $5.00 for faculty, staff, and students.

 

 

Upcoming Event: Week of March 24, 2014

24 Mar
Conundrum

Conundrum

This FRIDAY, Fresno New Music is proud to bring back CONUNDRUM! 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.” This will be the third time that Conundrum has performed with Fresno New Music.

Tickets are on sale NOW – $15 general, $10 faculty/staff/seniors. FREE FOR STUDENTS!!! For ticket information, please go to the Fresno State Department of Music concert page, here.

Fresno New Music Spring 2014 Events

10 Mar

Greetings all! Fresno New Music is excited to announce two upcoming spring concerts!

Conundrum

Conundrum

CONUNDRUM

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.

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SHACKLE

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/.

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Tickets for both events may be found on the Fresno State Music Department Concert website, here: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/music/concerts/

Upcoming Event: Week of February 10, 2013 – OFF THE GRID

10 Feb

TONIGHT! The Fresno State Department of Music will proudly present the very first concert of OFF THE GRID, Fresno’s own vocal ensemble for rare and contemporary music. This is an exciting new ensemble made of singers from around the Greater Fresno Metropolitan area, conducted by Fresno State’s own Dr. Anna Hamre. On the program tonight will include works by Nico Muhly, David Schneider, and Ryan Keebaugh. Special guest Limor-Toren Immermen, violin, will be joining on Nico Muhly’s work. Come by and check it out tonight! Ticket information can be found on the Fresno State Department of Music concert page, here.

Upcoming Event: Week of January 27, 2014

28 Jan

Piano reflectionsThis week, the Phillip Lorenz Memorial Keyboard Concert series presents a special concert: the Toren-Loewenheim-Werz trio, with guest violist Claudia Shuih, will be performing a concert of Piano Quartets. Included on this concert will be Kenneth Froelich‘s PIANO QUARTET NO. 1 (2012), premiered last year by Pacific Serenades. At that premiere, Froelich’s quartet was hailed for being “set with imagination and imagery,” and received high praise. For more information, please see the attached flyer.

Concert Flyer: Toren-Loewenheim-Werz Trio Flier

Upcoming Event: Week of January 20, 2014

21 Jan

ImageGreetings Fresno New Music faithful! It has been a few weeks since I last posted a concert here, as the winter months tend to be pretty quiet here in Fresno. Fortunately, we have quite a few New Music events upcoming now that the Spring semester is upon us. And, without further ado….:

This Friday, January 24th at 7:30 pm, Fresno Pacific composer Walter Saul will be holding a recital and CD release party for his new album “Sonatas and Meditations for Piano.” This is part of Fresno Pacific’s “Pacific Artist Series.” For more information, please click here.

Upcoming Event: Week of November 18, 2013

19 Nov

2012-09-28 05.25.13-1This Saturday November 23rd, the FRESNO STATE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, will premiere Dr. Kenneth D. Froelich’s SYMPHONY NO.1: DREAM DIALOGS. Dr. Froelich, who is also the director of Fresno New Music, has written extensively about the creation of his Symphony on his professional website. You can read his “Symphony No. 1: A Blog” at http://kennethfroelich.com/symphony-no-1-ablog/. This concert also features Prof. Bruce Bransby (double bass) performing Serge Koussevitsky’s “Double Bass Concerto,” as well as a performance of Richard Strauss’ “Don Juan.”

The concert will be at the Fresno State Concert Hall, 8:00 pm. For ticket information, please go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/music/concerts

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