Fresno New Music will be hosting SWARMIUS on Friday, November 21st, 8:00 pm in the Fresno State Concert Hall! Swarmius describes themselves as a “San Diego Classical Surf Punk Collective, ” as well as “a sonic fusion of classical meets modern-hip-hop, house-trance-techno.”
A few words by SWARMIUS: “Fluidly blending electronics and virtuosic acoustic performance, SWARMIUS is both boundary pushing and deeply connected to the music of our times. We are guided by the challenge of creating music that thrives in everything from raves to classical concert halls and every place in between: street corners & clubs; living rooms and places of worship; grammar schools and college hideaways…. Music that constantly probes who we are and how we are becoming as a culture – that is fun, challenging and stimulating for the mindbody. No matter the venue, we break the fourth wall and engage our audiences by describing the musical influences and inviting feedback, as well as engaging members of the audience in the performance.”
Swarmius is a collection of five strong personalities, united by the love of working together and creating new work: Emma DuPuy (vocals and guitar), Todd Rewoldt (alto and tenor saxophone), Michael Cooper (soprano saxophone Schrödinger᾿s Sax), Andrew Kreysa (percussion), and Joseph Waters (laptop/composer).
“….marvelous, orchestrally conceived music [with] driving pulses, exotic timbres, concerto pyrotechnics and on from there. Combines industrial, modern classical, world influenced music and a bunch of other thingsfor a mix that has its own trajectory. Swarmius Defies Categorization.”
— Gapplegate Music Review
“Dizzying, multi-genre-leapingwork — [a] shapeshifting synthesis — simultaneously exotic and familiar, intricate and inviting — One of the most appealing qualities is how well it mixes acoustic instruments with laptop computers ….”
— San Diego Union Tribune
— Paris Transatlantic Magazine
“It is Moby gone over to a dark side, where Yoko Ono is the Dungeon Master and Brian Eno keeps score.”
— The San Diego Reader
” …The music is intense, crammed with dramatic crescendos followed by abrupt pauses. … gorgeous, but undefinable.”
— San Diego City Beat
Concert is Friday November 21st, 8:00 pm at the Fresno State Concert Hall. For tickets, please go to http://www.fresnostate.edu/music/concerts. Tickets are $15/general, $10 for faculty and staff, and FREE for students.
Fresno New Music and the Fresno State Department of music are proud to host BRAVE NEW WORKS, beginning on October 30th, 2014 on the campus of Fresno State! Brave New Works (BNW) was founded in 2003 by a group of ten exemplary musicians from the University of Michigan School of Music, with the mission to “engage, enrich, and educate through contemporary music.” Since BNW’s founding, each of these musicians has moved on to their own successful performing and teaching careers. Nonetheless, the members of BNW regularly reconvene so as to bring their talent, knowledge, and educational mission to music schools and departments across our nation. BNW will actively engage with the Fresno State Department of Music by providing chamber ensemble coachings, interacting with our music composition students, giving informal instruction to select performance students, and performing a dazzling array of new works by many of today’s leading composers.
BNW’s residency culminates with two outstanding concerts. The first of these concerts is a collaborative effort between members of Brave New Works and the Fresno State New Music Ensemble, under the leadership of senior composition student Joseph Bohigian. Featured on this program will be works by Bohigian, Caleb Hugo, Joe Hisiaishi, Eric Mandat, Daniel Adams, Joshua Marquez, and David Biedenbender. Additionally, Brave New Works will join the Fresno State New Music Ensemble in performing Louis Andriessen’s seminal work WORKERS UNION. This concert will take place on October 31st, 8:00 pm in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Attendance is free (and costumes are welcome!).
The following evening, Brave New Works will perform their own concert featuring an adventurous program of leading American composers. Included on the program are works by Forrest Piece, Steven Stucky, Sean Shepherd, Suzanne Sorkin, and Kenneth Froelich. Brave New Works will perform this program on November 1st, 8:00 pm, in the Fresno State Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for staff and faculty, and FREE for students. Tickets are available online at http://www.fresnostate.edu/music/concerts.
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
This WEDNESDAY at 8:00pm, FRESNO NEW MUSIC is proud to host 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.
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.
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/