This Week at the ISSUE Project Room

From New York’s ISSUE Project Room:

Karlheinz Stockhausens “Musik Im Bauch” in Central Park
Thursday June 21 – 7pm – FREE

Iktus Percussion perform Karlheinz Stockhausens 1975 music-theatre work Musik Im Bauch (Music in the Belly) for six percussionists, at the Naumberg Bandshell, Central Park, Manhattan. Preceding the Stockhausen, New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum perform new choral compositions by Danish composers.

A loose narrative defines the transformation into humanity of three automatons, who attack a giant bird-man, named Miron, savagely cutting open his stomach and pulling out 3 music boxes which play melodies based on the signs of the Zodiac. All the music throughout the piece is taken from the melodies of the music boxesa separate work often performed outright, Tierkreisplayed in different speeds and fragmentations.

Co-presented by Goethe-Institut and New York Virtuoso Singers as part of Make Music New York.

Darmstadt 2012:

Gamelan Son of Lion: The Braid Pieces of Barbara Benary
Friday June 22 – 8pm

Gamelan Son of Lion rates among America’s oldest gamelan ensembles, performing contemporary works continuously since 1976. This Friday, they perform the “Braid Pieces” of Barbara Benary, as well as works by GSOL members Philip Corner, Daniel Goode, and David Demnitz.

Between 1974 and 1980, [Benary wrote] a series of Braid pieces for gamelan: Braid Piece, Sleeping Braid, Counter-Braid, Macram, and others. Pretty, slowly changing, steady in momentum, these are more note-specific, based on a diatonic progression of 14 pitches in alternating intervals They involve performers playing the bells of the gamelan in interlocking rhythmic patterns, sometimes proceeding through the pitch-braid at their own pace, sometimes with added free melody, canons, and text. They set the pattern for Benarys music of an underlying static or cyclic structure around which other elements are entwined.” (Kyle Gann)

Darmstadt 2012:

Either/Or + Chris Mann, Object Collection
Friday June 22 – 8pm

A Critic’s Pick from the New Yorker! Either/Or performs the world premiere of Public Works by composer, poet and compositional linguist Chris Mann, on a program with new work by Andrew Byrne and Thomas Meadowcroft. Object Collection presents New York Girls, an exercise in extremes, and a fanfare for the dispersed. False pretenses, controlled feedback, plagiarism, and precisely-placed things. A performance for objects, voices, instruments, and video.