Upcoming Ensemble Dal Niente Shows in Chicago

English: Fausto Romitelli, composer, Ictus Sem...
English: Fausto Romitelli, composer, Ictus Seminar, Brussels, april 2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Ensemble Dal Niente:

Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:30pm
Northwestern University Residency

Bienen School of Music
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL
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World premieres of new works by David Carter, Elliott Cless, Joan Arnau Pàmies, David Reminick, Scott Scharf and Liza White.

Saturday, April 27, 2013 9pm
Opening Night at Constellation:
Dal Niente and Green Pasture Happiness

3111 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Constellation is Chicago’s newest venue for cutting edge music, located in the former home of the Viaduct Theater. As Chicago’s local answer to New York’s “Le Poisson Rouge” and “Roulette”, this 180-seat venue will host a weekly new music series, “Frequency”. Dal Niente and electronic improvisation group Green Pasture Happiness share the opening bill for Constellation’s opening night of new music.

Nathan Davis: Cipher (2012) for baritone sax and live electronics (World Premiere)
Stefan Prins (b.1979): Piano Hero #1 (2011) for piano, midi keyboard, live electronics, and video
Steve Reich (b.1936): Violin Phase (1967) for violin and tape
Fausto Romitelli (1963-2004): Trash TV Trance (2002) for electric guitar

Saturday, May 11, 2013 7:30pm

National Pastime Theater
941 W. Lawrence Avenue at the Preston Bradley Center
Chicago, IL
Tickets: $25 general / $15 students with ID
Featuring Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Chris Wild, cello, and Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

WERKplaats is a performance, a gathering, an evening born of extensive artistic collaboration. Join Ensemble Dal Niente, Quince Vocal Ensemble, and High Concept Laboratories for an evening of new works tailor-made for the performers, featuring current and former members of High Concept Labs’ Sponsored Projects Program: composer Robert Honstein, visual artist Liz McCarthy, and Ensemble Dal Niente. After the performance, audience members are encouraged to stick around for an acoustic set / afterparty by the Grant Wallace Band. Free drinks will be provided throughout the evening.

In the late 1970s, the Asko Ensemble – an Amsterdam-based forerunner of today’s contemporary chamber ensemble model – established a composer-performer collective called Werkplaats met weekly and provided the opportunity for extensive collaboration between composers and performers. Dal Niente takes a proverbial page from the ASKO Ensemble with WERKplaats, a performance experience based on extensive workshop collaboration. Co-produced by High Concept Laboratories, the audience will have an opportunity to connect with these new works in a relaxed, intimate environment lacking the protocol of traditional concerts.

Brooklyn-based composer Robert Honstein will work closely with Dal Niente musicians to create a new work of musical theater based on a series of emails unintentionally addressed to him. The ensemble will also perform a new work of Santiago Diez-Fisher created during an intensive workshop produced by the 2012 Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music, as well as solo pieces tailor-made for the players’ unique talents and a new work commissioned specifically for this event by Chicago composer Morgan Krauss.

Robert Honstein (b.1980): My Heart Iz Open (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for solo soprano, chamber ensemble, and vocal ensemble
Daniel Dehaan (b.1988): If it encounters the animal, if it becomes animalized… (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for cello
Alexandre Lunsqui: Glaes (2007) for piano and percussion
Morgan Krauss (b.1985): Overcast (2013, WORLD PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, and baritone sax
Santiago Diez Fisher (b.1977): Moving as not moving (2012, US PREMIERE) for bass flute, bass clarinet, baritone saxophone, electric guitar, viola, cello, and bass