ANNOUNCEMENT: Fall 2014 Fresno New Music Concerts

19 Aug

UPDATE: Fresno New Music is proud to host the following concerts for Fall 2014 on the campus of Fresno State University:

November 1st, 2014: Brave New Works – 8:00 pm in the Fresno State Concert Hall443_BNW_096

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

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A sonic fusion of Hip-Hop, House-Lounge-Techno meets modern-classical
“What Kind Of Music Would Mozart Make If He Were Living On The Beach in So Cal – NOW”

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

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.

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