Madison New Music Festival Schedule
Friday, 8/10 7:30pm at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, 227 State St.
Hear sounds born out of the ’60s counterculture with works exploring minimalism, social and political engagement, and electronic experimentation, as well as the music they inspired for decades to come. The program will include a mixture of instrumental, vocal, and electroacoustic music, with featured guest artist Conduit. Highlights include composer and Lawrence Conservatory faculty Evan Williams’ “Bodies Upon the Gears” for clarinet, viola, and audio from Mario Savio’s 1964 speech urging the importance of civil protest; Steve Reich’s “New York Counterpoint” for amplified clarinet and tape; and Andy Akiho’s “Stop Speaking” for solo snare in conversation with digital playback. There will be a cash bar, as well as opportunities to explore the exhibits, including the MMoCA’s current exhibition “Far Out: Art of the 1960s.”
Complete Program: Music by Melissa Dunphy, Angelica Negron, Evan Williams, Steve Reich, Gilda Lyons, Anna Meadors, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, David Lang, and Andy Akiho
Performed by: Conduit (Zach Manzi, clarinet and Evan Saddler, percussion); Caitlin Mead, soprano; Kristina Teuschler, clarinet; ZouZou Robidoux, cello; Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Heather Zinninger Yarmel, flute.
Saturday, 8/11 2:00pm at Bethel Lutheran, 312 Wisconsin Ave.
Madison New Music Festival continues with an afternoon program that invokes spirituality, morality, and reflection. Hear music including organ interludes performed by Madison Symphony Orchestra organist Greg Zelekand Vital Organ Project founder Tyler Jameson Pimm, soundscapes for viola and piano by Morton Feldman and Toru Takemitsu, African spirituals arranged for instrumental chamber ensemble, and the renowned Langston Hughes set to music by composers including Madison’s Scott Gendel.
Tickets: $15/$5 for students.
Program: Music by Toru Takemitsu, Trevor Weston, Morton Feldman, Daniel Ficarri, John Weaver, Tyler Pimm, Tania J. Leon, John Musto, Ricky Ian Gordon, and Scott Gendel.
Performed by: Jeremy Kienbaum, viola; Satoko Hayami, piano; Caitlin Mead, soprano; Scott Gendel, piano; Kristina Teuschler, clarinet; Micah Cheng, cello; Alex Norris, violin; Greg Zelek, organ; and Tyler Jameson Pimm, organ.
Sunday, 8/12 7:30pm at Robinia Courtyard, 829 E Washington Ave
Polish off your weekend with a drink at Robinia Courtyard as you listen to the world premiere of “They’re Still Here,” a new work by local multi-instrumentalist B.C. Grimm featuring 9 instruments ranging from cello to Chinese pipa. Then, kick back for a set of solo string music from violinist Aaron Yarmel and violist Jeremy Kienbaum, featuring pieces by Philip Glass, Ursula Mamlock, and one of Yarmel’s own improvisations. Finally, musicians from all three concerts close out the festival together with a performance of Julius Eastman’s “brilliant and brazen” 1973 piece, “Stay On It.” This rarely performed work ends our musical weekend with a bang– and a groove! There will be a cash bar.
“They’re Still Here” Program Notes
Composed August, 2018 by BC Grimm (b 1986) for the Madison New Music Festival
This piece explores how those who have passed away continue to pop up in the everyday moments of our lives. You’ll hear field recordings of my day-to-day experience fused with instrumental sound design. These scenes recreate and reference real life moments I’ve had in the wake of these deaths.
“They’re Still Here” is dedicated in loving memory to Patrick Kelly, Ross Sutherin & Brian White-Stout and to the Grimm, Sutherin, Kelly, Morrow, White-Stout & Brethauer families.
Scene I Passing of a Friend, The Work Day Begins
Tenor Viola da Gamba with field recording
Scene II News Cycle On Fire: Rbt. Mueller’s Lonely Russia Probe
Gaohu Cantonese fiddle with foley, field recording, 1940’s radio broadcast, singing bowls, violoncello, dizi flute, bawu flute, xiao flute, sheng mouth organ
Scene III Do I Tell The Children? No, Teach On.
Violoncello with field recording, pipa lute, tenor viola da gamba, violoncello, contracello
Scene IV Fluorescence Hums The Harmonic Order of Nature
APC40 (electric hum in just intonation)
Scene V Morning Routine, Scrambled Brains
Field Recording with foley
Scene VI A Call With My Brother, Wise Counsel
Sarangi-Cello in pipa tuning with claps, cajon, motorcycle
Scene VII Ask The Corn Spirits
Gaohu fiddle with bawu flute
Scene VIII Hermie’s Chimes, They’re Still Here
Guqin Zither with pipa lute, gaohu fiddle, dizi flute
Scene IX Funeral Grave
Scene X Temple of Ancestors
Sarangi-Cello in pipa tuning with pipa lute, synthesis
Scene XI Transfigurations
Guqin zither with pipa lute, Russian folk harp, singing bowls
Scene XII Schoolyard in Snow; Children Play On
Tenor Viola da Gamba,
APC40 (electric hum in equal temperament), field recordings, foley