Ensemble Dal Niente Announces 2011-12 Season

Luciano Berio
Cover of Luciano Berio

From Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente:

Thursday, September 29, 2011 7:30pm
Professor Bad Trip

Pre-concert presentation by Now Listen at 6:30pm

Mayne Stage
1328 Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $20 general/$10 students, advanced sales at http://www.maynestage.com

Ensemble Dal Niente officially kicks off the 2011-12 season with the Chicago premiere of Fausto Romitelli’s psychedelic masterpiece Professor Bad Trip. The untamed, florescent sound world of Romitelli is paired with new, unusual arrangements of Italy’s foremost Renaissance avant-garde homicidal composer: Carlo Gesulado.

Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): About (1975) for violin, viola and guitar
Gesualdo (1566-1613)/arr. Chris Fisher-Lochhead: Io parto e non piu dissi (1611/2011), arranged for ensemble
Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004): Professor Bad Trip, Lesson 1 (1998) for eight instruments and electronics
Gesualdo/arr. Fred Gifford: S’io non miro (1611/2011), arranged for ensemble
Fausto Romitelli: Professor Bad Trip, Lesson 2 (1999) for ten instruments
Gesualdo/arr. Fred Gifford: Merce, grido piangendo (1611/2011), arranged for electric guitar
Fausto Romitelli: Professor Bad Trip, Lesson 3 (2000) for ten instruments

Thursday, October 20, 2011 7:30pm
Klänge suchen Menschen /
Sounds Seek People

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Tickets: $20 general/$10 students, available at the door.

featuring Scott Voyles, guest conductor

Internationally renowned conductor Scott Voyles leads the Nientes through a co-curated program featuring an incredibly wide range of sounds that, in essence, seek ears. The program features world premieres by three provocative, internationally-emerging composers, in addition to Chaya Czernowin’s newest ensemble piece and Enno Poppe’s rowdy, high-octane Salz which uses microtonally tuned keyboards in a gritty spectacle of sound that perfectly befits Dal Niente.

Chaya Czernowin (b.1957): Lovesong (2010) for flute, oboe, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola and cello
Edgar Guzman (b1981): After Tomorrow (2011) for solo amplified saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE)
Kirsten Broberg (b.1979): New Work (2011) for horn, cello, and percussion (WORLD PREMIERE)
Edward Hamel (b.1984): New Work (2011) for alto flute, English horn, baritone sax, violin, viola, cello, bass (WORLD PREMIERE)
Enno Poppe (b.1969): Salz (2005) (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE) for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, keyboard, violin, viola, and cello

Saturday, October 29, 2011 7:30pm
UNRULY MUSIC – Fall Festival

Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI
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featuring Greg Beyer, percussion; Chris Wild, cello

Dal Niente presents its Milwaukee debut as a featured guest at UNRULY MUSIC, Milwaukee’s new music festival, in a program featuring the world premiere of a new quartet by Aaron Einbond.

Aaron Einbond (b.1978): Paleontology II (2011) for contrabass clarinet, violin, piano, and percussion (WORLD PREMIERE)
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Quartett, Op. 22 (1928-1930) for clarinet, saxophone, violin, and piano
Giactino Scelsi (1905-1988): Duo for Violin and Cello (1965)
Edgar Guzman (b.1981): After Tomorrow (2011) for solo amplified saxophone
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Kottos (1977) for cello
Additional work TBA

November 5-6, 2011
Darmstadt Composition Workshop: Phase I

Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

As part of its activities at the 46th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, Ensemble Dal Niente will co-produce a composition workshop with composer Hans Thomalla and cellist Lucas Fels of the Arditti Quartet. The six composers selected for the project will descend upon Chicago in November 2011 for the first collaborative session to be held at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music.

The composers are:
Teresa Carasco (Spain)
Santiago Diez-Fischer (Argentina/France)
Michael Duffy (USA)
Mauricio Pauly (Costa Rica/UK)
Christopher Trapani (USA)
Daniel Vezza (USA)

Friday, December 3, 2011
CREATE: with the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio

6:30pm Open Workshop
8:00pm Concert

Fulton Hall at the University of Chicago
5845 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL
FREE admission

Dal Niente collaborates with seven young Chicago composers and the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio (Director: Howard Sandroff, Project Producer: Francisco Castillo Trigueros) in the creation and performance of new works that incorporate electronics. The composers come from various institutions throughout Chicagoland and illustrate the remarkable depth of Chicago’s young composers.

Francisco Castillo Trigueros (b.1983): New Work (2011) for violin, cello, and saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE)
Pablo Chin (b.1982): New Work (2011) for solo violin and electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Daniel DeHaan (b.1988): New Work (2011) for saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE)
Iddo Aharony (b.1978): New Work (2011) for solo cello and electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Tomas Gueglio (b.1980): New Work (2011) for oboe, violin, and cello (WORLD PREMIERE)
David Paha (b.1986): New Work (2011) for solo oboe (WORLD PREMIERE)
Ben Hjertmann (b.1985): New Work (2011) for oboe and saxophone (WORLD PREMIERE)

This project is made possibly by generous support from the University of Chicago Arts Council and additional support by the University of Chicago Department of Music.

Saturday, December 10, 2011 7:30pm
Hard Music Hard Liquor

Mayne Stage
1328 Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $20 general/$10 students, advanced sales at http://www.maynestage.com

featuring Doyle Armbrust, viola; Alejandro Acierto, clarinet

Known for its fearless approach to difficult contemporary repertoire, Dal Niente throws several of its artists center stage in wild (yet classic?) soloistic displays of instrumental and vocal virtuosity, with two of Berio’s most remarkable sequenze and Ferneyhough’s 1988 chef-d’oeuvre. Presented in Chicago’s foremost “contemporary music club”, this event is open (and friendly) to audiences of all ages.

Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sequenza III (1965) for female voice
Claude Vivier (1948-1983): Shiraz (1977) for piano
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Kottos (1977) for cello
Georges Aperghis (b.1945): P.S. (2010) for saxophone (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sequenza VI (1967) for viola
Brian Ferneyhough (b.1943): La Chute d’Icare (1988) for solo clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and bass

Saturday, March 3, 2012 8:00pm
Proximity: Mark André

DePaul University Concert Hall
800 W. Belden Avenue
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $20 general/$10 students

Mark André, a household name in European contemporary music yet massively underrepresented in North America, makes his first Chicago appearance in this co-curated program which features North American premieres of two ensemble pieces. Known for an experimental approach toward sound construction with spiritual and metaphysical underpinnings, his music is usually expansive with extreme near-silent virtuosity and provocative and complex sound worlds that, at times, draw expressive features from otherwise ordinary objects.

Mark André (b.1964): zum staub (2005) for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Mark André: durch (2004) for saxophone, percussion, and piano (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)
Mark André: Contrapunctus (1998-99) for piano
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Quartett, Op. 22 (1928-1930) for clarinet, saxophone, violin, and piano
[Additional Work TBA]

Saturday, March 10, 2012 7:30pm
UNRULY MUSIC – Spring Festival

Vogel Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
929 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI
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featuring Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano

The desert is a place of raw extremes – the brightness of the sun on one hand, and the open silence on the other – but it also represents a place of solitude, untouched nature, and a time that both precedes and follows civilization. In September 2010, two artists of different media – composer Hans Thomalla and video artist William Lamson – recorded sounds and images of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. The artists collaboratively mine these desert locations sonically and visually to create a modular work based on those recordings: a cycle of “songs” for large instrumental ensemble, and solo voice combined with videos.

Hans Thomalla (b.1975) and William Lamson (b.1977): The Brightest Form of Absence (2011) for soprano solo, large ensemble, live electronics, & video set-up (NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE)

Friday, March 30, 2012 7:30pm
Rohlen Residency at the University of Illinois

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL

featuring Jesse Langen, guitar

Dal Niente marks its first performance at the University of Illinois in a two-day residency which features a concert and collaborative sessions with student composers.

Philipp Blume (b.1972): New Work (2011) for bass clarinet, violin, cello, and piano (WORLD PREMIERE)
Reynold Tharp (b. 1973): New Work (2011) for flute, violin, and viola (WORLD PREMIERE)
Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004): Trash TV Trance (2002) for electric guitar
Anton Webern (1883-1945): Quartett, Op. 22 (1928-30) for clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, and piano
Georges Aperghis (b.1945): P.S. (2010) for soprano saxophone
Hans Thomalla (b.1975): Momentsmusicaux (2003/04) for flute, clarinet, piano, viola, and cello
Marcos Balter (b.1974): Growth (2010) for flute, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, piano, violin, viola, and cello

Saturday May 12, 2012 6:00pm
The Party
With Marino Formenti:
Pianist, Conductor, and Curator

Redmoon Theater Warehouse
1463 West Hubbard Street
Chicago, IL
Ticket information coming soon.

Pianist, conductor, and curator Marino Formenti has distinguished himself as one of the most compelling and original interpreters of his generation, particularly for his performances of contemporary music and for developing unusual and experimental concert formats. With Dal Niente, he will produce The Party, a communal experience that casts away some of the concert hall’s conventions in order to bring listeners together in a brand new way.

During The Party, people can sit where and how they want; they can stand, lie down, choose what to listen to at any particular moment, relax, move, talk, drink, eat… and they can listen to music together. The goal is to specifically create the conditions of individual freedom, ease, relaxation, and communication, in order to allow a maximally intense yet different kind of concentration. The Party is conceived for modern, individualistic human beings willing to be – and aware of being – an active part of this ‘global’ artistic event. Increasingly, we individuals are aware of the importance (more than ever in the age of the internet and electronic media) to meet each other and to experience art and music together. It is a new form to better fit the needs and qualities of a modern human being.

This event’s timeframe encompasses an entire evening and will have a perfect balance between music and intermissions in order that there be sufficient opportunities to socialize, interact, eat, and drink. The following program schedule is subject to change.


Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001): Psappha (1975) for solo percussionist


Pablo Chin (b.1982): After Pehaujo (2010) for flute, oboe, clarinet, piano, and percussion
Mauricio Kagel (1931-2008): Osten from Die Stücke der Windrose (1989) for clarinet, piano, harmonium, two violins, viola, cello, bass, and percussion


Timothy McCormack (b.1984): Apparatus (2008), for bass clarinet, cello, and piano
Alex Mincek (b.1975): Pendulum VII (2010) for saxophone, two flutes, piano, percussion, violin, viola, and cello


James Tenney (1934-2006): Having Never Written a Note for Percussion (1971) for solo tamtam


Bernard Lang (b. 1957): SCHRIFT/BILD/SCHRIFT (1998) for amplified octet


Marcos Balter (b.1974): Vision Mantra (2009) for violin, viola, cello


Evan Gardner (b.1978): New Work (2012) for piano and live electronics
John Cage (1912-1992): Music Walk (1958) for piano and radios


Alvin Lucier (b.1931): A Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra (1988) for solo triangle


Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Muro d’orrizonte (1997) for alto flute, English horn, and bass clarinet


Franco Donatoni (1927-2000): HOT (1989) for saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion, double bass, and piano
[Other work TBA]


Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988): Duo for Violin and Cello (1965)
Galina Ustwolskaja (1919-2006): Sonata No. 6 (1988) for piano


Morton Feldman (1926-1987): Why Patterns (1978) for flute, glockenspiel, and piano

Saturday, June 9, 2012 7:30pm

Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL
Tickets: $20 general/$10 students, available at the door

featuring Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano

Aaron Eindbond’s work lies at the forefront of instrumental composition, field recording, noise, and technology, exhibiting an innovative approach to electronic music and near-silent instrumental virtuosity. His new piece is commissioned for Ensemble Dal Niente by the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, and features the ensemble’s acclaimed soprano, Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, as soloist.

Georges Aperghis (b.1945): La Nuit en Tête (2000) for solo soprano and sextet
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Esplorazione del bianco (1986) for solo bass
Aaron Einbond (b.1978): New Work (2012) for soprano soloist, ten musicians, and electronics (WORLD PREMIERE)
Salvatore Sciarrino: Esplorazione del bianco II (1986) for flute, bass clarinet, guitar, and violin
Julian Anderson (b.1967): Khorovod (1994) for large ensemble

July 14-28, 2012
46th Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik

Darmstadt, Germany
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featuring Ernesto Molinari, clarinet

The capstone of the 2011-12 season, Ensemble Dal Niente returns to the Darmstadt Summer Music Courses as Kranichsteiner Stipendienpriese winner in an intense program uniting two world premieres with two classics.

Featured Program: July 24, 2012

Evan Johnson (b.1980): die bewegung der augen (2012) for three soloists (oboe, baritone saxophone, violin) and ensemble (clarinet, viola, cello, guitar, piano, and percussion) (WORLD PREMIERE) [A Meet The Composer Commission]
Pablo Chin (b.1982): New Work (2012) for flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, piano, percussion, violin, viola, cello, and bass (WORLD PREMIERE)
Brian Ferneyhough (b.1943): La Chute D’Icare (1992) for solo clarinet, flute, oboe, piano, percussion, violin, cello, and bass
Salvatore Sciarrino (b.1947): Esplorazione del bianco II (1986) for flute, bass clarinet, guitar, and violin

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Classical Listings from the New York Times

John Zorn
Cover of John Zorn

From NYTimes.com:

Project Fukushima! Benefit Concerts (Monday and Tuesday) The saxophonist, composer and community organizer John Zorn is a quintessential New York artist, but his ties to Japan — both aesthetic and personal — are substantial and enduring. On Monday evening Mr. Zorn unites friends and peers from various new-music circles for two sets of freewheeling improvisation; Tuesday’s concert features six young bands engaged by Nonoko Yoshida, a saxophonist. Proceeds will benefit Project Fukushima!, an international, artist-led initiative meant to raise awareness and support for areas affected by the recent natural and nuclear crises in Japan. Monday at 8 and 10 p.m. and Tuesday at 8 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $20 per set Monday and $10 for the entire event on Tuesday. (Smith)

Rite of Summer Music Festival (Saturday) The second installment of this sunny new contemporary-classical series features the unpredictable stringed foursome Ethel, making its first New York appearance with its newest member, the violinist Jennifer Choi, who replaced Mary Rowell, a retiring founder of the group, in June. (The festival concludes on Sept. 4.) At 1 and 3 p.m., Colonels’ Row, Governors Island, riteofsummer.com; free. (Smith)

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Jazz Listings From the New York Times

Dave Burrell
Cover of Dave Burrell

From NYTimes.com:

Fieldwork (Wednesday and Thursday) This collaborative threesome is rightly revered for its way with discursive melody and asymmetrical rhythmic forms; the heart of its sound is an ever-shifting rapport between the pianist Vijay Iyer, the saxophonist Steve Lehman and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey, all of whom compose material for the group. Next week’s shows kick off a programming spree by Pi Recordings, the band’s label, that will run to the end of the month. At 8 and 10 p.m., the Stone, Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, thestonenyc.com; $10 per set. (Chinen)

The Henry Grimes Now! Quartet (Friday) Mr. Grimes, a bassist, violinist and long-lost pillar of the 1960s avant-garde, recently made an album with the Argentine saxophonist Roberto Pettinato — better known in his homeland as a journalist and television personality — and the drummer Tyshawn Sorey. The same personnel reconvenes here with the vital addition of Dave Burrell, a fearsome pianist with whom Mr. Grimes recorded back in the day. From 8 to 9:30 p.m., Black River Cultural Center, 345 Lenox Avenue, at 127th Street, (347) 434-4055, henrygrimes.com; $15. (Chinen)

Kirk Knuffke Quartet (Wednesday) The cornetist Kirk Knuffke keeps one foot in exploratory terrain and the other in the jazz tradition — his most recent album, “Orange Was the Color” (Steeplechase), is a treatment of some cherished Charles Mingus tunes — which imbues his output with an appealing elasticity. His quartet features partners of like-minded perspective: the trombonist Brian Drye, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Jeff Davis. At 8 p.m., University of the Streets, 130 East Seventh Street, second floor, East Village, (212) 254-9300, universityofthestreets.org; $10. (Chinen)

Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee (Friday) Mr. Martin, the drummer and second surname in Medeski Martin & Wood, appears as part of that band’s weekly August residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art, presiding over a robust confab that includes the trumpeter Steven Bernstein, the trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and the tuba player Marcus Rojas. (He’ll also play improvised duets with the turntable artist Val-Inc.) At 7 p.m., Whitney Museum of American Art, (212) 570-3600, whitney.org; free with museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m. (Chinen)

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Steve Swallow, Billy Drummond (Tuesday through Thursday) Three members of this all-star band share substantial history: the pianist Steve Kuhn, the multireedist Dave Liebman and the bassist Steve Swallow all worked together in the early 1980s. The name of their current group, which also includes Billy Drummond on drums, may have something to do with Mr. Leibman’s recent recognition as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Or it may just be a collective assertion, richly deserved. (Through Aug. 20.) At 8:30 and 11 p.m., Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton, (212) 581-3080, birdlandjazz.com; $30 and $40, with a $10 minimum. (Chinen)

Mike Pride’s From Bacteria to Boys (Tuesday) The intense and searching drummer Mike Pride brings the full measure of his concentration to his flagship band, which in this incarnation features the alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon, the keyboardist Alexis Marcelo and the bassist Peter Bitenc. The group is appearing on a lineup that also includes Jason Ajemian and the High Life, led by Mr. Ajemian, a bassist of eclectic interest and experience. At 10 p.m., Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow Street, between Stanton and Rivington Streets, Lower East Side, (212) 253-0036, cake-shop.com; $6. (Chinen)

Jenny Scheinman’s Mischief & Mayhem (Tuesday through Thursday) Ms. Scheinman, a violinist, favors a style both folksy and exploratory, leaning a bit more to the latter with this band, formed a few years ago and making a repeat appearance here. Her partners are the engagingly prickly guitarist Nels Cline, the stalwart bassist Todd Sickafoose and the polymorphically propulsive drummer Jim Black. (Through Aug. 21.) At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

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