Join us for an evening of old and new music with Eric Miller, Patrick Reinholz, and Brian Grimm on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Tickets $10 in advance at http://ericmiller.bpt.me/, or $15 at the door starting at 7:30pm.
Eric Miller presents the intimate and ethereal music for the unaccompanied viola da gamba, an instrument which was described in the late 18th century as one “with which one forgets the troubles of the day in quiet twilight.” The evening will center upon a pair compositions, one by the obscure and brilliant Parisian Le Sieur de Machy, and the other by the Dutch master Johannes Schenk, Sprinkled throughout will be smaller pieces by other luminaries of the rarefied instrument. A classically trained cellist and viola da gambist, Eric is known to Madison as a member of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble and has appeared with many of Madison and Milwaukee’s top ensembles.
Patrick Reinholz is a cellist, improviser, composer, and educator currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Always innovating, he is a member of the new music/improvising chamber group Tontine Ensemble, and the jazz/rock outfit Lovely Socialite.
Pat will be releasing his new album for solo cello + electronics via Other Obscura, so come grab your copy!
In Brian Grimm’s solo set, you may hear dances of the unaccompanied Bach cello suites; ever popular melodies of the Erhu Chinese fiddle adapted for cello; as well as original compositions from his dance/theatre scores & solo albums.
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.
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.
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.
members of the Sound Out Loud Ensemble
John Chappell Stowe
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.
“ The mission of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop (GMW) is to foster a community of globally minded musicians engaged in learning from one another’s traditions and incorporating them into their own artistic voices. An all-star artist-faculty will teach styles of music from across the world. GMW is directed by Silk Road Ensemble cellist Mike Block.
GMW will be taught by an all-star faculty representing a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, including Seamus Blake (jazz saxophone), Sandeep Das (Indian tabla), Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud), Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Maeve Gilchrist (Celtic harp/vocals), Bruce Molsky (Old-time Appalachian fiddle), Balla Kouyate (Malian balafon), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), Shane Shanahan (world percussion), Abigail Washburn (Banjo/Vocals mixing American/Chinese styles), and GMW Director Mike Block (multi-style strings). ” (from Silkroad GMW site)
This year’s Guest Artist is banjo virtuoso, Bela Fleck!
This year, I am absolutely thrilled to participate on cello and guqin zither in chamber ensembles led by Gamin (Korean wind instruments), Edward Perez (Afro-Latin bass), & Hadi Eldebek (Arabic oud)! I’ve always loved Korean music from afar, the treatment of space, pitch & rhythm fascinates me. I haven’t heard much of the wind music, so Gamin’s perspective, knowledge & mastery will be a totally new experience. Edward, or Beast-Hands as I liked to call him, brought so much dancing joy to our workshop last year. The Afro-Peruvian layering of rhythm coupled with the concept of when to be ‘inbetween a straight rhythm & a swung rythm’ was ear-boggling. When Edward plays the bass lines solo, the style-shift is instantly felt. You can almost hear what the rest of the band would be playing – ’tis mark of a true groove master! The Arabic music presence at last year’s workshop was the highlight of my year. So soulful & passionate; ranging from pure excitement to calming microtones. Having learned Flamenco from my brother AJ Grimm, I could immediately hear and see it’s Arabic music roots. Arabic rhythm stuctures enthrall me, I can’t wait to learn more from Hadi this year. It’s going to be another blissful week of cross-cultural learning and friendship making! ~ Brian Grimm
Join us for an entertaining evening as our talented music faculty perform some of their favorite songs. Enjoy performances by MSAC instructors Matt Dahm, Leigh-Ann Balthazor, Lisa Mott, Yohan Kim, Brian Grimm, Jaime Guiscafre’, Marina Hegge, Kyeol Lee, and more. A reception and light refreshments will follow. Admission is free but donations are welcome. We hope to see you there!