2009 Series Overview

The innaugural 2009 PAIRINGS series was a terrific first season of new music funded in part by grants from the NEA and Meet the Composer.

  • JACK Quartet

    November 3, 2009
    7 p.m.
    Tickets $10
    Robert Morris

    Robert Morris

    Chris Otto

    Chris Otto

    Panel Moderator: Reiko Füting

    The JACK quartet—well known for championing the works of contemporary composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer and Iannis Xenakis—takes an introspective look on this concert at their own violinist/composer Christopher Otto and his former composition teacher, Robert Morris. Both composers deploy intricate pitch structures yet ones based on very different "fundamentals": Christopher floats the listener over sustained harmonies tuned sweetly in just intonation, while Robert weaves together chromatic counterpoint of kaleidoscopic lyricism.

  • Wet Ink

    November 10, 2009
    7 p.m.
    Tickets $10
    Salvatore Sciarrino

    Salvatore Sciarrino

    Alex Mincek

    Alex Mincek

    Panel Moderator: Reiko Füting

    Wet Ink takes the stage on November 10th performing music of founder Alex Mincek in combination with works by Italy's most prominent contemporary composer, Salvatore Sciarrino. Alex describes his music as "typically characterized by elements of timbral and dynamic extremes", music which "explores ways in which various forms of repetition affect our sense of time, memory and perception of difference." Temporal difference is historical in Sciarrino's music, which reaches a buoyant nostalgia by gently breathing frenetic energy into a shimmering stasis field of light and the color of the past.

  • Red Light New Music

    November 17, 2009
    7 p.m.
    Tickets $10
    Erik Satie

    Erik Satie

    Scott Wollschleger

    Scott Wollschleger

    Panel Moderator: Lisa Abbott-Canfield

    Red Light New Music will conjoin the quizzical musings of Scott Wollschleger and Erik Satie. Satie's "outsider" relationship to classical music and his interest in duration had a major impact on John Cage and others in the post-war New York School. Scott's music continues this project by exploring "new creative practices and perceptions, ones which engender new ways of being a listener or a performer."

     
  • AMP Music

    November 24, 2009
    7 p.m.
    Tickets $10
    Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Adam Mirza

    Adam Mirza

    Panel Moderator: Lisa Abbott-Canfield

    AMP will present two pieces on the final concert of the series: a new work by director Adam Mirza, for tenor saxophone, electric guitar and accordion, and Karlheinz Stockhausen's other-worldly Mikrophonie I, for large tam-tam, microphones, filters and controllers. Both works address sound as the reverberation of a physical action, the human (musical) gesture amplified, filtered and projected by instrumental embodiment.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and an award by Meet the Composers.