3/17 | Sound Out Loud performs “Pierrot lunaire” @ Mills Hall

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Pierrot écoutant, 1854, by Nadar

Fri, 3/17 | Free, 8:00pm Mills Hall

455 N Park ST, Madison, WI, 53706

Le Domaine Musicale

Schoenberg’s “Pierrot lunaire”

Ravel’s “Chansons madécasses

Sound Out Loud will perform Schoenberg’s expressionistic masterpiece about the ravings of a lunatic clown, featuring UW vocal faculty member Mimmi Fulmer.  Also on the program will be Ravel’s “Chansons madécasses“, featuring vocalist Sarah Richardson.

“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.

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UW Madison Voice Faculty Member, Soprano Soloist Mimmi Fulmer.

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 first time under 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.


 

10/29 | Breaking Ground @ Mills Concert Hall ft Sound Out Loud Ensemble

Sat, 10/29  |  7pm  Free @ Mills Concert Hall

455 N Park St, Madison, Wisconsin 53706

BREAKING GROUND

UW Madison faculty bassoonist Marc Vallon has planned a special concert of groundbreaking works of music from the 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Professor Vallon writes: “Composers of all periods have continually explored new musical territories, looked for new paths, and tried, through groundbreaking works, to launch new courses of musical expression. This program offers the public pieces that have, in their time, provided a starting point to new musical routes, just as the first stroke of a shovel is the birth of a new building and a new era.” The concert will include music by J.S. Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander Scriabin, Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Helmut Lachenmann, and Morton Feldman.

Featuring:
members of the Sound Out Loud Ensemble
Jessica Johnson
John Chappell Stowe
Joshua Dieringer
Samantha Sinai
Peter Miliczky
Marina Kelly
Stephanie Rearick

 

I’m very excited to perform Helmut Lachenmann’s “Pression” (1969) for solo cello on Saturday!  The graph score is extremely precise, just as much a piece of visual art as it is an exploration of quiet extended technique.


 

8/7 | Ben Willis + Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

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Sun 8/7  |  6pm  $5  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

solo & duo performances from

BEN WILLIS – double bass

BRIAN GRIMM – guqin, cello

Bos Meadery – “Mead Made Modern” our mission is to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage in the most modern possible way using local ingredients, so that our mead reflects the flavor of the Wisconsin landscape. Much like farm to table eating, this is field to glass drinking.

BEN WILLIS (DET/AA, MI) – solo double bass

Egret/Flatlander is a set of solo bass pieces by Ben Willis. Composed through development and exploration of improvisational practice, the movements have taken shape as open cellular structures, that act as themes and zones for extemporaneous development.

The pieces make use of a range of extended double bass techniques, drawing inspiration from contemporary classical music and free improvisation. The musical language draws from many influences, including rock structures, folk harmonies and melodies, and doom metal.

Ben Willis is a bassist whose affinities lie in collaborative projects, new music, improvisation, and the merging of cross-disciplinary elements. He’s performed his original collaborative work at venues and festivals around the U.S., including the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, Electroacoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington, the Whitewater Arts Alliance Series at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and the Ratchet Series at the Skylark in Chicago. In 2013, he was a Robert Black Bass Fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Much of his work highlights the importance of collaborative, performative process in the development of new art. He is a member of the Weather Duo, an electroacoustic ensemble with cellist Pat Reinholz, dedicated to performing new music that blends classical training with improvisation and folk idioms. The Weather Duo has contributed music to the Li Chiao Ping dance company, a video project with artist Doug Rosenberg and dancer Sally Gross, and composed occasional film scores. In live performance, they explore multimedia collaboration with the help of live video artist Anna Weisling. He has also toured and recorded as a sideman, working with many indie/folk artists, including Anna Vogelzang, Dietrich Gosser, and Thistle and the Thorns. He often participates in recitals of new music and collaborations with composers, and performs regularly with the jazz/rock project Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and the free improvisation trio Glacier. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI. He earned a BM in Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He’s studied bass with Richard Davis, Diana Gannett, and Bob Hurst, and composition with Andrew Bishop.

Buy Egret/Flatlander here >>


BRIAN GRIMM (MAD, WI) – solo cello & guqin

Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

** BC Grimm’s new CD “Orbis Obscura” for Pipa, Fuzz & Delay drops Friday, 8/12 on Other Obscura Records @ ArtIn Gallery on East Wash! **

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COMING SOON! NEW BC GRIMM CD “ORBIS OBSCURA” DROPS FRI 8/12


 

 

7/13 | “Short Concerts” w/ Daniel Amedee (NO), Katie Burns & Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

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Wed, 7/13  |  6:30 – 9:00pm  Free (donations welcome)  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

“Short Concerts” featuring

DANIEL AMEDEE (New Orleans)

KATIE BURNS (Mineral Point)

BRIAN GRIMM (Madison)

Bos Meadery – “Mead Made Modern” our mission is to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage in the most modern possible way using local ingredients, so that our mead reflects the flavor of the Wisconsin landscape. Much like farm to table eating, this is field to glass drinking.

Daniel Amedee (New Orleans) – solo acoustic guitar & vocals
Daniel’s music has been described as a unique blend of folk, rock, and blues as well as meditative with an edge and urban folk.

Katie Burns (Mineral Point) – voice & guitar + cello
Katie Burns is an indie folk singer/songwriter who currently lives in Mineral Point Wisconsin.  Katie plays original melodic songs backed by Madison cellist Eric Miller.  Their sound is known to be ethereal and angelic.  Katie’s vocals paired with finger style guitar and complicated cello reflect’s early Kate Bush and Nick Drake nuances.  Katie is a veteran musician/songwriter and has performed all over the midwest for the past 20 years.

Brian Grimm (Madison) – solo cello & guqin (Chinese zither)
Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

 

6/26 – 7/2 | Lovely Socialite “Toxic Consonance” Midwest Tour!

“Toxic Consonance” by Lovely Socialite

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“An omnivorous mutant of a band.” – Isthmus, Daily Page
“ …this band is deeply odd in its bones,” – Tone Madison
“Fans of Modern Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music, Rock & Hip-Hop will become  captivated by the amazing sound of Lovely Socialite.” – High Noon Saloon

Lovely Socialite  website  |  facebook ], formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Madison-based six-piece that combines the aesthetics of modern jazz with contemporary classical, driving rock, and hip hop.  Lauded for their bold and intricate compositions, the group often draws comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  The band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.

While Lovely Socialite’s unusual mix of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, brass, and a jazz rhythm section suggest that the group might be a contemporary music ensemble, it is their use of stomp boxes, vocal processors, and other electronics that makes the group a suitable fit for any rock, hip-hop, or jazz bill.  In fact, Lovely Socialite has been privileged to share the stage with such artists as Dessa, of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, as well as performing live on the UW Madison Terrace with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes.

In October of 2015, Lovely Socialite released their second full length album.  Nearly two years in the making, “Toxic Consonance” was recorded at Blast House Studios in Madison with Landon Arkens.  “Toxic Consonance” represents an edgier and more mature version of the band than their previous endeavor, “Registers Her Delight” (2012), and features extensive production efforts mixing found sounds, vocal samples, and electronic effects into their live-style recording.

Upcoming “Toxic Consonance” Tour

6/26The Frequency, Madison, WI

9p  $8-11 | w/ We Are The Willows & Mr. Jackson

6/27Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

9p  $10 | Anagram Series w/ Gerrit Hatcher Trio

6/28 –  The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN

6/29Space Bar, Columbus, OH

9p  $5  w/ Us, Today & Radar Hill

6/30MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, OH

10p  Free  w/ Us, Today

7/1 Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI

8p  $10  general admission

7/2Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

8p  $10  w/ Salim Washington


 

5/5 | Audio for the Arts presents: HANGING HEARTS punk/jazz trio (Chi)

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This April, I had the fortunate luck of catching a thrilling late night set from Hanging Hearts punk/jazz trio in Detroit. Ben Willis and I were performing on a different side of town & stopped by afterwards to catch one of our favorite drummers, one of Wisconsin’s best, Devin Drobka. Devin, Chris & Cole of Hanging Hearts brought the house down with incredible energy, driving compositions, and excellent group communication. Even after a quite robust set, people were hungry for more. This in-studio concert will help Hanging Hearts prepare to go back into the studio this June to record their next album, produced by drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus.

Thr, 5/5 |  @ Audio for the Arts Studios
7 S. Blair St., Madison, WI
$10  Doors at 7:30p  /  Music at 8p

Recording Engineer & Host – Steve Gotcher

HANGING HEARTS (Chi) is:
Chris Weller – tenor saxophone
Cole DeGenova – keyboards/effects
Devin Drobka – drums/percussion
http://www.hangingheartsmusic.com/

Hanging Hearts is a Chicago-based jazz trio with rock energy dedicated to the fearless exploration of group improvisation. Described by critics as “hammering the walls between genres,” their music bridges the gap between jazz, rock, and experimental music. The band features Chris Weller on tenor saxophone, Cole DeGenova on keyboards, and Devin Drobka on drums. While Chris and Cole grew up in Chicago, playing professionally in jazz and blues clubs by the age of 15, the trio was completed at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where all three members graduated. The trio’s repertoire consists of their original compositions and free improvisations.

Members of the group have performed around the world and shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Jerry Bergonzi, Greg Osby, Tony Malaby, Tower of Power, Lettuce, Kurt Elling, Snarky Puppy, Lupe Fiasco, Greg Ward, Tim Daisy, and Dave Rempis, among others. Notable performances as a band include the Jazzinec Festival in Czech Republic and Nádasdy Castle in Sárvár, Hungary. Though they have been playing together for years, the group released their debut album in October ’14, with supporting US shows and European tour (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, & Romania).


 

4/22, 4/28, 4/29, 4/30, 5/13 | Sound Out Loud (SOL) new music ensemble debuts with ‘Music For 18 Musicians’ & more!

Introducing…

Sound Out Loud (SOL)

New Music Ensemble

Sound Out Loud  is a new music performing ensemble currently based out of Madison, WI.  The group specializes in contemporary music from the early 20th century to the present, as well as commissioning new works to be written for them.  Having drawn inspiration from numerous performance ensembles (such as Eighth Blackbird, Silk Road, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and more), the group seeks to expand the realm of possibilities within the chamber music ensemble performance repertoire through the implementation of experimental techniques, the incorporation of a variety of instruments and musical styles from the Middle East and Asia, and the use of live electronics and other media applications.

Fri, 4/22  |  3-5pm  Sound Out Loud was awarded a $500 grant during this year’s finals for UW-Madison’s New Arts Venture Challenge!   [Madison, WI]

Thr, 4/28  |  9-10pm  Free  @  UW Humanities: 455 N Park St, Choral Room: 1351  [Mad, WI]

Yunkyung Hong Composition Recital

Fri, 4/29  |  12:30-1:30pm  Free  @  UW Humanities Courtyard [Mad, WI]

“Music For 18 Musicians” by Steve Reich

Sat, 4/30  |  8pm  Free  @  UW Humanities, Mills Hall  [Mad, WI]

Debut Concert Program featuring works by

Rzewski, Cerrone, Perich, Hong, & Jolivet

Fri, 5/13  |  7:30pm  Free  @ Steinway & Sons Madison: 6629 Mineral Point Rd   [Mad, WI]

Full Concert Program


Click on our Bios and Meet the Ensemble!

 


 

4/12 – 4/19 | Brian Grimm Tax Day Tour (ft. Ben Willis; NoExit Performance)

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Tues 4/12 – Tues 4/19  BRIAN GRIMM TAX DAY TOUR

Heading on the road with electric cello, cellitar, guqin zither & a pedal board!

For bios, photos, etc. check out:  BC Grimm EPK

Tue, 4/12  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective, the resident “Tuesday Night Squad” house-band

Wed, 4/13  |  9:30p  Free  @  Constellation  [Chicago, IL]

Oscar Jan Hoogland Chicago Project – SOUND OF THE CITY WORKSHOP

Thr, 4/14  |  8pm  $8  @  Trinosophes  [Detroit, MI]

Jack Wright & Bob Marsh duo + Willis/Grimm duo

Fri, 4/15; Sat 4/16  |  6p-12a  $5-10  @  Detroit Free Arts Music Festival  [Detroit, MI]

* Fri, 4/15  11:15-11:45pm – Ben Willis + Brian Grimm Duo

Sun, 4/17  |  tba-pm  Free  @  Pioneer Restaurant  [Indianapolis, IN]

Brian Grimm solo set (cello, cellitar, guqin)

Mon, 4/18  |  8p  Free  SPOTLIGHT 2016  @  Clowes Memorial Hall  [Indianapolis, IN]

DINNER – dance by Tommy Lewey, NoExit Performance

score by Brian Grimm

Tue, 4/19  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective

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Five Points Jazz Collective! Live Jazz every Tuesday night from 9p-12 @ the Mason Lounge > 416 S Park St