5/19 | Strollin’ East Johnson Street

Fri, 5/19 |  Free 5:30-11pm

STROLLIN EAST JOHNSON STREET

Presented by Prime Urban Properties

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

Free Event Parking provided by our kind neighbors at Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E Gorham St,)

Event Schedule and Acts:
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Macha Tea Co. (823 E Johnson St) 6-9:30pm
6-7:30pm – Lesser Lakes Trio
8-9:30pm – A Night of Poetry and Jazz hosted by Rob Dz and The Joe White Trio featuring Oscar Mireles and Poet Fabu
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Lumen (845 E Johnson St) 7-10pm
7-8pm – Carolynn Schwartz Black with Cliff Frederiksen and John Widdicombe
8:30-10pm The Five Points Jazz Collective
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Good Style Shop (817 E Johnson St) 7:30-11:00pm
7:30pm-9pm – Brennan Connors and Stray Passage
9:30pm-11pm – Left Field Quartet
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Showcase for the NextGen Jazz Musicians at RVM Classics
(852 E Johnson St) 5:30pm-7pm
5:30-6:15pm – Cafe CODA’s Student Jazz Jam Ensemble “Be Natural”
6:30-7:00pm – West High School’s Tribute to Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers


Event details via Nick Moran of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium:

Eight bands. Six hours of continuous live music. Four different venues on Madison’s ultra hip East Johnson Street. And no cover charges. These are the makings “Strollin’ East Johnson Street” presented this year by the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium and Prime Urban Properties. Now in its fourth year, this popular “jazz stroll” series features a staggered performance schedule that makes it easy for attendees to stroll from venue to venue and sample many different musical styles.

“Strollin’ East Johnson Street” is the tenth “jazz stroll” produced by the Jazz Consortium in a series that began three years ago at Schenk’s Corners on Madison’s East Side, and it’s been warmly embraced by each of its host communities. Once again, the Consortium’s Nick Moran has booked an intriguing mix of bands showcasing the wide range of instrumental and vocal jazz styles regularly available to Dane County audiences.

Strollin’ East Johnson is made possible by sponsorships from Prime Urban Properties as well as contributions from each host venue, free will contributions from Strollin’ attendees, grants from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation and Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-FM, and Wisconsin Public Radio.

5/10 | Encore Performance of Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire” @ Music Hall!

 

Wed, 5/10 | Free, 6:30pm @ Music Hall

925 Bascom Mall Madison, WI

Sound Out Loud’s Encore Performance of

Arnold Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire”

Featuring Soprano Mimmi Fulmer

Music History Introduction by Lee Blasius

Le Pierrot Lunaire is in music what Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is to painting or James’ Joyce’s Ulyssses is to literature. These three revolutionary works, written in the first decades of the 20th century, have completely redefined the accepted aesthetic standards of their time and opened wide new paths to artistic creation.

Le Pierrot Lunaire is a rarely played piece because of the challenge it presents to the singer. Schoenberg uses a vocal technique, the “Sprechgesang,” that combines spoken and singing voice, a formidable task for a singer.  – Marc Vallon , UW Faculty

American soprano Mimmi Fulmer first performed “Pierrot lunaire” in 1978 at the famed Tanglewood Music Festival. Sound Out Loud is thrilled to be performing this work for the again the guidance of such an experienced & knowledgeable performer of the work. Mimmi and Ric Merritt have crafted a performers’ singing-translation of this work from German to English. Friday, March 17th we will perform it in it’s original German text.

Mimmi Fulmer performs repertoire ranging from early music to premieres of works written for her. Her distinguished career in new music includes premieres of nine roles in eight operas. An expert on Nordic repertoire, she is the editor of a three-volume anthology of songs from Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Her discography includes six CDs of American music and a CD of songs from Finland, Sweden and Norway, and she has been included in the Fulbright Specialist Roster in American music.


Excerpt from March performance notes:

“Pierrot lunaire” was composed by Arnold Schoenberg (1874 – 1951) in 1912 and is his 21st Opus.  It’s 21 short movements (3 cycles of 7) explore the poetry of Albert Giraud (1860-1929), originally published 1884 in French.

‘Pierrot’ is one of Schoenberg’s last works of “free a-tonality”, before Opus 23 which introduced his 12-tone Serialism approach to composition – forever changing the course of 20th Century music.  In this new dodecaphonic democracy, all notes were equal, and weightless of tonicisms.  It helped form a great schism in the 20thC between two great approaches to composition: Serialism (eg. Schoenberg) vs Neo-Classicism (eg. Stravinsky).  Part of the pre-serialism brilliance of “Pierrot lunaire” is Scheonberg’s invention of sprechstimme.  This new vocal technique was a form of speak-singing, which allows for a beautiful ambiguity in pitch – removing Schoenberg yet one more step from tonality.  In sprechstimme, the singer glides up and down from one note to another – only ever sustaining three “traditional” pitches in the entire 40 minute piece.  All of this results in a dazzling display of colors and orchestrational puissance to tell the tales of this tragic clown.


4/20 | Sound Out Loud performs “Music for 18 Musicians” @ Overture Center

Thr, 4/20 | 7:00pm FREE @ Overture Center, Madison WI

Conney Conference on Jewish Arts Presents

MUSIC FOR 18 MUSICIANS by Steve Reich

Featuring SOUND OUT LOUD ensemble & friends

Free performance to take place in PROMENADE HALL

Ages 5 and up
Running Time: 1 hour
Please note this concert is continuous music with no break.

[via Overture Center]
Sound Out Loud is a seven-member, new music ensemble based in Madison, Wisconsin. The group specializes in contemporary music from the early 20th century to the present, as well as commissions new works to be written for it. Having drawn inspiration from numerous performance ensembles (such as Eighth Blackbird, Silk Road, and the International Contemporary Ensemble), the group seeks to expand the realm of possibilities within the chamber ensemble repertoire through the implementation of experimental techniques, the incorporation of a variety of instruments and musical styles from the Middle East and Asia, innovative performance practice, and the use of live electronics. Along with other Madison-based musicians, the group’s inaugural concert was an outdoor performance of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians, which was enjoyed by unsuspecting passers-by and was covered in several Madison-area arts blogs. It was that performance that attracted an invitation from the Conney Conference to perform again at their 2017 conference. For more information about the core ensemble, click here.