Acoustic #7 Performance from ensemble mise-en 

Source: New York’s ensemble mise-en.

ACOUSTIC+ #7
SOUNDS FROM NEW ENGLAND

Works by:
Keith Kirchoff
Beth Wiemann
Hiroya Miura
William Matthews

MISE-EN_PLACE Bushwick (678 Hart St 1B, Brooklyn, NY 11221)
Friday, November 6, 2015 @ 8PM

Join us for SOUNDS FROM NEW ENGLAND, ACOUSTIC+ #7, a live event at MISE-EN_PLACE, the home venue of ensemble mise-en in Bushwick, Brooklyn. We will be premiering new works by four New England composers, written especially for this event. In addition to the new works, Keith Kirchoff will be giving a solo performance.

Kirchoff’s performance will consist of three pieces for solo piano and electronics: Seeing the Past Through the Prism of Tomorrow (2014), White Canvas (2011), and The Adventures of Norby (2007). In addition, ensemble mise-en will premiere his new piece, Irrational Rationalities.

Composer Beth Wiemann wrote Jet-Pack for ensemble mise-en this past summer. It is based on a poem by Miriam Gamble. Wiemann met Gamble while in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland, where she heard Gamble’s work Introducing the Nissan Jet-Pack. The poem provides an interesting take on how we interact with machines, as well as particularly memorable rhythmic and comic phrasing.

Hiroya Miura, who wrote Chindami, was inspired by the music he heard in Okinawa as a boy in 1984. He later came to realize that the central mode of the Ryukyu folk songs of Okinawa more closely resembles the modes common in parts of Indonesia and Polynesia than those used in mainland Japan. Chindami is, in a sense, a magical realist piece—a song from an imaginary island between Okinawa and the South Pacific.

Bill Mathews, the Esty Professor of Music at Bates College in Maine, has taught there since 1978. His work has often been used in modern dance pieces and video installations. PORTMANTEAU was composed during the summer of 2015 for ensemble mise-en and Moon Young Ha. It is written for sextet (flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, and bass) and stereo electro-acoustic tracks.

The connection between the new pieces and the Acoustic+ series is a simple idea. Art director, Moon Young Ha, required the composers to use more than acoustic instruments including electronic sounds such as live electronics and tape.

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN is a New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. Comprised of talented young musicians, our personnel strive to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to diverse audiences. We wish to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing. Since its inception in 2011, ensemble mise-en has collaborated with many esteemed partners such as: Washington Square Contemporary Music Society, International Alliance for Women in Music, Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Open Meadows Foundation, New York University, New York Foundation for the Arts, I-Park, Goethe-Institut Boston, Villa Gillet (FR) and others.